On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno (Paperback)
Authorised biography of Brian Eno - the 'Father of Ambient Music'
A sonic alchemist to the stars, Brian Eno's address book is a veritable who's who of rock and pop. Tellingly, his involvement with Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2 has coincided with these artists producing their most challenging and critically revered work.
ON SOME FARAWAY BEACH is the first serious, critical examination of the life and times of Brian Eno, from an idiosyncratic childhood to 1960s art school and the sharp end of pop charts around the world.
About the Author
David Sheppard is a well-respected music journalist. He's written for numerous publications, including MOJO, Q, UNCUT and the OBSERVER. He's the author of two previous biographies of Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello.
A vivid, well-observed and absorbing biography replete with relevant context and cultural references—THE BEAT
An accomplished and sprawling biography reflects Eno's scattershot approach to life - all over the place but fascinating just the same.—BIG ISSUE (Scotland)
David Sheppard's authorised biography dispels some of the myths surrounding Brian Eno and provides a compelling case for his importance as artist and thinker.—WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY
David Sheppard's meticulously researched biography...[with] the kind of footnote that make this doorstopper such an engaging read—INDEPENDENT
How do you pin down enigma like Brian Eno? Music journalist David Sheppard makes a valiant stab at it in this lively biography—YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Music Book of the Fortnight 'Few enigmas are as hard to unravel as Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, but the Q contributor has done a bang-up job with this 450-page tome'—HOT PRESS (Ireland)
On Some Faraway Beach provides an extensive introduction to a lifetime of constructive, and very English, pottering.—SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Sheppard has corralled the many strands of Eno's hectic creative life into a coherent and highly readable account. On Some Faraway Beach will take some beating as a chronicle of one of popular music's few truly original practitioners.—TOTAL MUSIC MAGAZINE
The 450-page biography (written with the help of the famous piss-taster himself) fairly zips along—OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY
This exeptionally well-written biography duly celebrated [Eno's] great achievements with Roxy, Bowie, Talking Heads and his own solo work in compelling detail.—UNCUT
[An] honourable, authorised attempt to do justice to a mind-bogglingly restless and prolific subject.—SUNDAY TIMES