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 Posted:   Dec 21, 2008 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   Gareth   (Member)

John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch
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by Geoff Leonard - Pete Walker - Gareth Bramley
foreword by Don Black, OBE.
ISBN 978-1-904537-77-9
255 x 180mm
304pp

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John Barry is far and away Britain's most successful and celebrated film
composer, responsible for some of the most memorable movie music in
cinematic history. Such is his standing within the film industry that he
remains the only musician from the UK to have won as many as five Academy
Awards (for Born Free, The Lion In Winter, Out Of Africa and Dances With
Wolves). His contribution towards creating James Bond's musical persona is
now part of film legend, another significant accomplishment in what has been
a truly extraordinary multi-faceted career.

During the formative years of British rock 'n' roll, John Barry led his own
band, The John Barry Seven, into the charts as well as masterminding the
emergence of singer Adam Faith, whose distinctive string of hit singles -
epitomised by 'What Do You Want?' - lit up the pre-Beatle pop era. Ever
versatile, Barry has also composed many popular themes for TV, among them
The Persuaders, and wrote the long running hit musical, Billy.

In John Barry - The Man With The Midas Touch, this astonishing 50-year
career is celebrated in all its musical facets. The authors, each one an
authority as well as a fan, draw not only on their own knowledge, but also
on conversations with Barry himself and with people who have known him over
the years as a performer, producer, arranger or writer.

Among almost 200 photographs (more than 60 in colour) celebrating John
Barry's entire career right up the present day, many have never been issued
before, while others have not been available in any form for a number of
years.

The most comprehensive and complete discography yet compiled is another
major feature of the book, making it an essential reference point for
enthusiasts and music historians alike.

Avaliable from
http://www.johnbarry.org.uk
or
http://www.amazon.co.uk
http://www.redcliffepress.co.uk/new.html#smr
WHSmith's, Waterstone's, etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2008 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

I had preordered this book about 5 months ago and completely forgot about it... and last week I finally recieved it and I have to say it is pretty awesome. Beautiful hard bound book, quite lengthy, and full of great info about all of Barry's scores... I havent had a chance to start reading it but have thumbed through it a good deal. Belongs on any film music lover's book shelf... Makes for a terrifically entertaining afternoon when you pop on a good Barry score in the background.
John F

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2008 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   laurent   (Member)

I have this book since 1 week and now it's my bible smile Great Work thank you Geoff, Pete and Gareth.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2008 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Looks like a great book. We need more of these in film music land. I know I'd be ecstatic if they were to release one on my own favourites Williams, Elfman or Goldenthal, for example.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2008 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Looks like a great book. We need more of these in film music land. I know I'd be ecstatic if they were to release one on my own favourites Williams, Elfman or Goldenthal, for example.

Who are 'they', Thor. Why not write one yourself?

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2008 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Looks like a great book. We need more of these in film music land. I know I'd be ecstatic if they were to release one on my own favourites Williams, Elfman or Goldenthal, for example.

It's a very complete volume. If you like, I can edit my copy for you and send you the bits I think are best, in a different order than they were written in, for a better read. :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2008 - 3:33 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Looks like a great book. We need more of these in film music land. I know I'd be ecstatic if they were to release one on my own favourites Williams, Elfman or Goldenthal, for example.

Who are 'they', Thor. Why not write one yourself?


Oh, I've definitely thought about that many times. Perhaps I'll do it eventually, but I'm not sure about the market for such a book...I would definitely need to look outside my own country's borders. I know there was a Williams book in Spanish a few years ago, but because it was in that language, that seriously hindered wide exposure and I believe it is now OOP.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2008 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Needless to say, the new Barry book is ESSENTIAL. I read the whole thing in two days! Like mentioned above, it IS the Barry bible.

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2008 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Needless to say, the new Barry book is ESSENTIAL. I read the whole thing in two days! Like mentioned above, it IS the Barry bible.

Alex


Do I need this book if I have the first one? The first book seems quite comprehensive.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2008 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Needless to say, the new Barry book is ESSENTIAL. I read the whole thing in two days! Like mentioned above, it IS the Barry bible.

Alex


Do I need this book if I have the first one? The first book seems quite comprehensive.


I'm in the same boat and would also like to know?

 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2008 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Needless to say, the new Barry book is ESSENTIAL. I read the whole thing in two days! Like mentioned above, it IS the Barry bible.

Alex


Do I need this book if I have the first one? The first book seems quite comprehensive.


I'm in the same boat and would also like to know?


Ditto for me, though I remember this being discussed earlier this year when the authors pointed there was a healthy amount of updated information since the first book's publication in the 90's.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2008 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

I'll quote the authors:

"Whether or not you purchased "John Barry - A life in Music", ten years ago, you can look forward to a book that has been thoroughly re-written and completely updated. We have spent a lot of time on the picture content and this too has been extensively updated and includes a good selection of rare photos, both colour and black and white.

There are approximately 300 pages including two photo sections of 16 pages each of colour and b&w. In addition to this, a photo introduces each of the thirty chapters, and, of course, the discography has been updated to include everything that's happened since 1998. It's a book that does full justice to a glittering career."

I don't have the first edition, so I can't compare. I will tell you that the amount of photographs completely amazed me. I'm sure every chapter had substantial re-write and some completely new chapters were written. A few examples of things that obviously didn't make the first book (and are discussed in the new edition):

- Mercury Rising
- Brighton Rock
- Eternal Echoes
- Enigma
- The re-recordings
- Old and new pictures (quite revealing!)
- Don Black's foreword
- The discography (so extensive I feel like an amateur!)

I know I sound like a commercial but Ii'm being honest. I think enough content has been updated to warrant this second purchase (and if you were one of the authors, would you release a book that doesn't differ much from your old edition? I would be bad marketing thinking, IMO).

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2008 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   Gareth   (Member)

Here is a fan who has "John Barry: A Life In Music" and is very enthousiastic about the new book:

http://johnbarry.org.uk/board/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=532

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2008 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

I was in the BFI on 12 December and bought this very nice and informative book. When I got home it was confiscated and has now been re-presented to me as a Christmas present from my other half. It is a handsome volume and truly worth having, don't hesitate guys, get it!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2008 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Gareth   (Member)

By the way - no knighthood for John Barry. Though Geoff Leonard did petition and the list reached the minimum number of petitioners required.

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2008 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   Geoffers   (Member)

By the way - no knighthood for John Barry. Though Geoff Leonard did petition and the list reached the minimum number of petitioners required.

I get the impression that those with the power to make recommendations for such awards don't consider writing film music to be that important in the scale of things. Certainly not as important as being a pop musician or jazz musician, as the award of CBE to Robert Plant and Courtney Pine clearly demonstrate.

Of course these things are always a matter of opinion and they are both excellent musicians, but it's hard for me to accept that Barry has not achieved at least as much as these two have in his field during his 50-year career. Now they both outrank him in the pecking order on the way to a knighthood.

Richard Rodney Bennett and Malcolm Arnold were more fortunate, being awarded both a CBE and a Knighthood, but one assumes their classical work made the difference.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2009 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   BrendonKelly   (Member)

My wife gave this to me for Christmas and it is excellent. I have John Barry - A Life In Music (which my wife also bought me!) and it is absolutely worth having both books.

They both sit on my book shelf with pride along with another Barry book which my wife also bought me called A Sixties Theme.

Brilliant!

I wish there were more books about film composers esp Williams Goldsmith Bernstein and Horner.

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2009 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

I received this volume in the mail today and just have a technical question in order to give a correct feedback for the Amazon seller: Is this book originally sealed or not?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2009 - 2:22 AM   
 By:   Ellington   (Member)

I don't recall it being sealed. Books generally aren't sealed in the UK.

Incidentally, I strongly recommend the book, even if you have the first one, or Eddi Fiegel's book. It has been substantially revised and rewritten, and contains much information not in the first edition.

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2009 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

Thanks, and I also thought of my trite question as a good excuse to bump this thread once again. wink

 
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