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Under The Ivy – The Life & Music of Kate Bush (New Edition)

February 25, 2015

Graeme Thomson

Omnibus Press

What a relief to read a music biography written by an author who has some passion for his subject. Thomson’s first edition was published in 2010 to a positive reception from both reviewers and fans. This new version updates and builds, with Bush’s return to live music last year especially well documented. Some thematic unity is provided by Thomson’s repeated asking Who Is She?, although he is unable to answer his own question. Clearly “Never explain, never complain” applies to Kate Bush just as much as to her namesake Kate Moss. So whilst Thomson never interviews his subject he talks to most of the right people, elevating this book considerably from a cut and paste cuttings job. I still don’t get Kate Bush but clearly a lot of people do, and to them I recommend this book.

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