Under the Ivy: The Story of Kate Bush

Under the Ivy: The Story of Kate Bush


By (author) Graeme Thomson

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  • Publisher: OMNIBUS PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 232mm x 40mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847729304
  • ISBN 13: 9781847729309
  • Illustrations note: b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 95,895

Product description

This is the first ever in-depth study of Kate Bush's life and career. "Under the Ivy" features over 70 unique and revealing new interviews with those who have viewed from up close both the public artist and the private woman: old school friends, early band mates, long-term studio collaborators, former managers, producers, musicians, video directors, dance instructors and record company executives. "Under the Ivy" undertakes a full analysis of Bush's art. From her pre-teen forays into poetry, through scores of unreleased songs. Every crucial aspect of her music is discussed from her ground-breaking series of albums to her solo live tour. Her pioneering forays into dance, video, film and performance. Combining a wealth of new research with rigorous critical scrutiny, "Under the Ivy" offers a string of fresh insights and perspectives on her unusual upbringing in South London, the blossoming of her talent, her enduring influences and unique working methods, her rejection of live performance, her pioneering use of the studio, her key relationships and her gradual retreat into a semi-mythical privacy.

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Author information

Graeme Thomson is the author of biographies of Willie Nelson and Elvis Costello and a regular contributor to The Guardian, Observer, the New Statesman, The Word and The Herald.

Review quote

"...an exhaustive and engaging account of Bush's career." - Metro "Thomson's book sheds a light on the woman behind the inspiration of many a modern-day chanteuse." - NME "Thomson's descriptive language is gorgeous." - The Word "[A] compelling examination of her music" - Mojo