Changeling : The Autobiography of Mike Oldfield Paperback
Born without social instincts many people take for granted, brought up in a troubled environment and possessed with an extraordinary musical talent, Mike Oldfield was thrust into the spotlight at the tender age of nineteen.
His first album Tubular Bells went on to sell fifteen million copies worldwide and catapulted him into a stardom he was ill-equipped to cope with. From growing up with an alcoholic mother, to his feelings of alienation and struggles with depression, this book takes Mike from his early years, through his staggering fame, his broken marriages, years as a recluse, his rebirth experience at a controversial Exegesis seminar and beyond.
Mike Oldfield has been on a journey few of us could ever imagine, and offers a message of hope to anybody who feels they live on the edge of society.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, 2x8 colour illustration sections
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9780753513071
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Review by frank_oconnor
This actually contains a lot of insight into Oldfield's creativity and compositional technique, confirming a lot of what I had already assumed just from listening to the music. The fact that it concentrates much more on the earlier career only helps increase the focus on the work. Really enjoyable read.