The rise and fall of the brothers Gibb is perhaps the greatest saga in Australian, even world, music history. As ubiquitous as the falsetto harmonies, flares and multi-platinum record sales were the tragedies: the highs, the lows, the highs again. And then the brothers fell, one by one. Not long before his death, Robin made it clear that he believed the Gibbs had been forced to pay the highest possible cost for their success. 'All the tragedies my family has suffered . . . is a kind of karmic price we are paying for all the fame and fortune we've had.' This is the story of all four brothers' incredible careers, lives and influence. A beautifully drawn examination of the Gibb 'curse' and an all-too-human look at the rollercoaster ride of fame. Captures the incredible highs, and the terrible lows: divorce, drunkenness and death. For Bee Gees fans, and for everyone, because we've all been touched by the music.
This book is a fascinating look at the lives of the Bee Gees from their childhoods in Manchester and the Isle of Man, through their decade living in Queensland, Australia, to the their phenomenal rise to the top of the pop charts and the subsequent demise of the group and sad deaths of three of the brothers.
What I found particularly interesting was the years they spent as young boys singing and harmonizing together and writing songs that never really amounted to much. This was at the same time that the Beatles were writing hit after hit and taking the pop world by storm.
The Bee Gees then moved to Australia and started to make a name for themselves, encouraged by local stars such as Johnny O’Keefe and Col Joye. They then realised they were not going to hit the big time in Australia and returned to England and then America.
Another fascinating aspect of the book is how they came up with their lyrics and songs, such as the sound made by the tyres of their car driving across a bridge as the basis for their hit ‘Jive Talkin’.
The last few chapters are quite sad, detailing the deaths far too young of Maurice and then Robin.