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Timeless Troubadours: The Moody Blues Music and Message Paperback – March 4, 2013
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As a longtime fan, I've read a lot on these guys and their music. From Higher & Higher to many of the rock-critic website communities. I have all of their albums, including the "Core 7" on vinyl.
The Whitfields have not only covered their history, career and music, but they have gone below the surface to give us what, with all my knowledge about the band, I have to call this book The Definitive writing on the Moody Blues.
-William Pliska, Seattle
The authors take my understanding of The Moody Blues' romantic and ethereal lyrics to the next level. I discovered more and deeper reasons about why I have found the Moodies' songs so captivating and moving for so many years. I now listen to them with a deeper appreciation and I understand the wisdom of their lyrics and power of their music far better.
They are indeed timeless.
Don Best -longtime listener and fan, Atlanta
From the Author
Alone or together, we have written about 18 books, mostly on consciousness, the human condition, trauma, healing, recovery and spirituality. In these we rarely referred to music. This is our first book where we do. We chose the Moody Blues because of how we have been so moved by their words and music over the decades. Of all the rock and popular groups of the 1960s and beyond, we see their music and message as being at the top.
As we focused on their lyrics, we realized that their message and our message is the same. We describe that message throughout Timeless Troubadours. In this book we revisit the 1960s from what we have learned since then as ordinary folks and as clinicians, writers, and teachers. From that we have come to understand and see the true purpose of this life here on Planet Earth expressed so we can better know the territory. For example, materialism is a detour, power corrupts and the media and drug industry numb us to what is real. The Moody Blues express what is real and exploring that has been our goal throughout our other writing.
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teaching music appreciation at university. A book on the Moodies as a group and as individuals has yet to be written. In a world filled with Beach Boys, Beatles, Stones, Pink Floyd and even the Clash and the Sex Pistols, why is there not such a book on the Moody Blues? This, my friends,
is not it!
They constantly do say, "This is our opinion and you probably have your own take on it that could differ from ours. Please share it at www/..... .com", but even that gets old after a while.
Unfortunately I was looking for, more information about the band, and its members.
When is some one going to write the Moodies story?
If, on the other hand, you stop forcing Moodies music into an unintended role for treatment, and stop reading their God where they admit it is almost never mentioned, the book can be an enjoyable read for a scant hour or two. The slim volume, despite no lack of material, does reinforce the first gen fans' basic belief that the magic was gone after the core seven albums, and briefly discusses the Tony Visconti era sell- out, that sold their souls for another generation of lifetime fans.
Bottom line is a good concept was ruined by lack of oversight (a good editor could have saved us from the authors' self- indulgent beliefs, and made them work harder by trying to apply their theories to the full body of work, not the first 40%). You know you are in trouble when highly educated, previously published authors: use randomly numbered end notes (since when is the first endnote not number 1, followed by number 2, and so on, rather than starting with 46, 87, and 90 on page two and continuing randomly throughout), cite themselves more than any other source,and rely on Wikipedia for their basic research. Although this is a pop music study, that doesn't mean it should be flippantly done. Fans (the only people who would buy this work) would expect more.