Reviewed by Adrian Osbourne
Written by the sister of Patty Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Jenny Boyd, herself former wife of Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, the book is a collection of interviews with over 75 of the world’s most famous musicians including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Keith Richards, members of Fleetwood Mac and David Crosby. She asked all of them a series of thirty questions about what drove these people to create music. She then looked at their answers in terms of several different thoughts and thought processes, thus producing chapters about the process, both in the conscious and unconscious and looking at the role and influence which such things as upbringing, social background/ support, drink and drugs have had on these artists and their creativity/drive to create music throughout their lives.
Although the book has its base in the field of psychology, it is not a book that needs to be read by someone who has a prior knowledge of the subject. It is written in a style that is very easy to read and appreciate/understand. Yes, she does allude to several psychologists and their theories in the book, but she explains what they meant in relation to the subject matter being discussed and makes it easy for the reader to understand what is being discussed.
I found the book to be very interesting and kept me entertained throughout the journey it took the reader on. The personal information about the writers own life and experiences also sat nicely within the context of the subject matter and not only added flesh to the book, but in my opinion gave it a human streak that tended to prevent it becoming to heavyweight and bogged down in the psychology side of the subject matter.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in what drives musicians to create their work… the many musicians who are mentioned in the book come from a wide range of backgrounds and musical styles from jazz to pop to folk to rock and that is what makes the book interesting in my eyes… the fact that all these people for all these different backgrounds and genres all have common thoughts and ideas/influences makes for a very interesting read..
RRP: £7.99 (Paperback) / £3.99 (Kindle)
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