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The Chieftains: The Authorized Biography Hardcover – September, 1997

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After documenting the wild lives of Bill Graham (Rage & Roll, LJ 3/15/94) and River Phoenix (Lost in Hollywood, Donald I. Fine, 1995), Glatt turns to the decidedly tamer story of the Chieftains, a group that brought traditional Irish music back from the brink of extinction in the mid-Sixties and became unlikely pop stars in the 1990s. Otherwise quite entertaining, this relentlessly upbeat "authorized" biography is marred by redundant quotes from the bandmembers and associates, factual inconsistencies, and the lack of a discography. Also, when Glatt is stonewalled by the group's charismatic (if controlling) leader, Paddy Maloney, he sidesteps darker periods of the band's past. Still, this is the first full biography of Ireland's most important band, and with the success of the Riverdance and Lord of the Dance stage shows?whose star, Michael Flatley, once danced regularly with the Chieftains?demand for things Irish may be high. Recommended for popular music collections.?Lloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., Cal.
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"A fascinating and well-written book about one of the greatest groups of this century." -- Billboard

"You cannot think of Irish music without thinking of the Chieftains." -- Irish Edition, Philadelphia --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 331 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st U.S. ed edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312166052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312166052
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful history book of the Chieftains. The book is very informative about their love of Irish heritage, the traditional music, and all the wonderful groups, singers, musicians that they have shared the stage and recordings. Paddy has a great sense of humor, and he is the glue that holds the group together and make them what they are. I own a lot of the Chieftains recordings, videos, and I look for more products that they have made. We were sadden for the loss of their great harpist, piantist, Derek Bell. We all miss him.RIP
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Format: Paperback
Mr. Glatt appears to have enjoyed carte blanche access to these fabulous musicians but his book reads like he spilled his notes and put them in the book in random. One moment he's praising founder Paddy Moloney for his computer-like brain, the next we're supposed to laugh that Paddy is five hours late for a major recording session.
There's some fun stuff here, but the weeds are thick!
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By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Chieftains are an enigma in more ways than one. Unlike so many other musicians they have stood the test of time. In this book we learn about how they came into being, and at the same time we are alos exposed to a wealth of knowledge about traditional Irish nmusic. Before I read this book I liked the sound, but I didn't know too much about where it had come from. Now, through the insights of John Glatt, I have come to appreciate it at a much higher level. It makes for fascinating and informative reading, even if you come to it with little or no knowledge of the group. It is accompanied by a comprehensive discography (at time of publishing), which is an ideal source of reference. I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.
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Format: Paperback
Irish music is very hot. It is amazing how many successful Irish bands (of all types) have emerged from this tiny Island of 5 million. Yet in no small way can they all point to a single pioneering band that helped put Irish music on the map.
The Chieftains are more than simply a successful collection of great musicians who have toured the world for over 30 years. When they started, in the mid 1960's, there was little interest in traditional music in Ireland. In Ireland, Irish music wasn't considered to be "hip" and broadcasts were limited to relatively unimaginative ceili music. The most famous Irish musicians of time, the Clancy Brothers, were not even living in Ireland when they began.
The Chieftains took traditional Irish music and infused it with a new energy and style. They soon developed a cult following, but after doing the sound track for the movie Barry Lyndon (early 70's) their popularity exploded. Even after upwards of 30 albums, they and constant touring, their popularity never falters.
The Chieftains : The Authorized Biography by John Glatt tells the story of how it all happened. If it weren't all true, it would sound wildly improbable.
For anyone interested in Irish music, this book is a must.
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