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Without You: The Tragic Story of Badfinger with CD (Audio) Paperback – January, 2000

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Product Details

  • 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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This exhaustively researched book gives a full picture of the band during their peak. The word tragic shows up in descriptions of Badfinger quite a bit,but it doesn't begin to do justice to this terrific band's sad story. This second edition of the book cleans up a handful of minor errors and misstakes that appeared in the text of the original version. It also includes an additional chapter on the recent court case that involved the original members (and the estates of two decease members). There are also a number of photographs that didn't appear in the original edition and a complete discography that includes the latest reissues of the band's material.
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.
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Author Dan Matovina cuts no corners in WITHOUT YOU: THE TRAGIC STORY OF BADFINGER, which details the rise and fall of Badfinger, the pop band whose career spanned from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. You may find yourself staying up late as you turn every compelling page.

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.
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What a fantastic book "Without You" by Dan Matovina is! I have read it through several times, and it has had such an effect on me. It is so good that sometimes it hurts to read it. I followed Badfinger in the early days and it brought back so many memories - happy and sad. I was lucky enough to know the boys when the song "Without You" was written, and Tommy gave me a rendition of his part before it was released, so I have very special memories.
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!
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My overwhelming reaction after reading this marvellously researched book,is one of anger.Anger at the torments,both emotional and financial,that all the band members,especially Peter and Tom,must have gone through.It really shows that for all the idealism of the decade that the group came from,the music business,like all others,is filled with unscrupulous individuals with no decency whatsoever when they can smell money.However,against this awful background the group produced much truly marvellous music.Music that varies from the melancholic to the totally uplifting,and that is the bands true legacy and that is what they are remembered for.I have to say though,that the story of Badfinger should serve as a warning to any band entering the music business.Unfortunately,you have to be careful and you have to be clued up.We should be grateful that the full story of the band is available,both as a celebration and as a warning.
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.
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