- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Frances Glover Books (January 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965712222
- ISBN-13: 978-0965712224
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nevertheless, the inside look at the manipulators and sharks in the music business is a very good cautionary tale for modern musicians. Ultimately, this is a tale all too common in the music business. Although all four members of Badfinger were talented songwriters and singers, Matovina focuses accurately portrays Pete Ham as the driving force behind the band. The unique chemistry of the four members was still an important factor in this fine band and Matovina doesn't sell the other members short. If there is a villian in this story it was the short sightedness of the band and the person they chose to manage them in the United States. If the band had a flaw it was its inability to look past the bs of the business and their trusting nature.
Matovina does a terrific job of drawing a full picture of all the members of the band. He manages to provide the best insight into Pete Ham (the most talented singer/songwriter in the band). Ham is a complex figure who, when under emotional distress, habitually puts out cigarettes on his hands.Read more ›
And your heart will break as you learn about the trust Badfinger musicians Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans and Joey Molland put in several con artists who stole almost all the band's earnings. After Ham's resulting 1975 suicide, at times surviving band members end up working against each other for what's left of the money and glory. Instead of standing together, they let the show business parasites continue to divide and conquer.
Even the 1983 suicide of Tom Evans does not inspire enough people to do the right thing. WITHOUT YOU ends on the sad note of certain individuals standing on a bizarre technicality to take songwriting credit for the Pete Ham/Tom Evans standard, "Without You."
At least nothing will change the superb quality of Badfinger's music. Was there any other band where every member composed and sang on every album? Not even the Beatles can say that. In recent years Badfinger's records have been reissued. Get them while you can.
In the way the Securities and Exchange Commission protects investors from swindlers, there ought to be a "Badfinger Commission" to protect young artists from sleazy management. For now, read WITHOUT YOU: THE TRAGIC STORY OF BADFINGER.
Quite a few of the events in the book I can remember happening, and they have been retold with great accuracy, sometimes even bringing to mind bits I had forgotten, such as Bill Collins going on a separate flight when they went to Hawaii. Obviously Mr Matovina has delved deeply into Badfinger history, and spent a long time researching and writing the book. He has contacted hundreds of people - friends, families and business associates - in order to paint a clear and true picture of the good and bad times leading to the tragic consequences. Although I believe he never met Tommy or Pete, Dan Matovina got to know them well through interviewing other people.
It is clear that he put his whole heart into this brilliantly written book about the lives and work of Pete, Mike, Tommy, Joey and Bob. Truely a labour of love!
Finally,as someone from the same town as the four original Ivey's,my admiration for them has only gone up after reading this book.My beautiful home town of Swansea was not the most affluent place on earth in the sixties,and the part of it that Peter Ham came from was one of the poorer,at least economically,of that town.That a guy from that background wrote such marvellous songs,and even a classic or two,I find fantastic.Read this book,then enjoy the marvellous music of a band that were ahead of their time,and were probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.Ladies and gentlemen...Badfinger.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent and detailed book about one of the most underrated bands out there; great photos too!Published 7 months ago by Justin Ditty
My library in Madison County, Kentucky borrowed the book from the Library of Congress for me. I saw Badfinger in the early 70's in Providence. Read morePublished 19 months ago by David P. French
told with a little too much business info but I guess necessary to tell tragic story and to understand why they chose to kill themselves, Great band great story.Published on March 21, 2014 by James Demestihas
Excellent book. A must read for every Badfinger fan. Fortunately, I bought it when it first came out at Border's on discount for $10.Published on November 3, 2013 by Heather L.
Unfortunately, the absurd price for a copy of this book insures that only the rich will be able to read it.Published on April 20, 2013 by Peter M. Brooks
Dan Mantovina fervently delves into the history of this ill-fated band, slowly revealing the details of what led to the tragic suicides of the main members of this group: Chief... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Chris N. Dale
Without You: The Tragic Story of Badfinger. Where do I begin? I am a regular Amazon shopper, and when I shop I shop around, and I will not be buying this book from Amazon or any of... Read morePublished on March 2, 2012 by C. M. Arriola
Dan Matovina has written here, one of the best band bios of the genre, the Badfinger story was great material to start with, like a movie script. Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by Amazon customer