The Chieftains: The Authorized Biography

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Da Capo Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 331 pages
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The history of the Chieftains over the last thirty-five years is the remarkable tale of how an unlikely group of enthusiasts came together to rescue some of the world’s most beautiful music from near-extinction, brought it to an audience of millions, and became stars. Based on exclusive and extensive interviews with all the band’s members, their families and friends, and with many of the international superstars who have recorded with them, The Chieftains tells the group’s own story for the first time, with insight, wit, and charm.
  

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After documenting the wild lives of Bill Graham (Rage & Roll, LJ 3/15/94) and River Phoenix (Lost in Hollywood, Donald I. Fine, 1995), Glatt turns to the decidedly tamer story of the Chieftains, a ... Read full review

Contents

Planting the Seeds
3
Learning the Ropes
14
High Society
24
Ceoltdiri Cualarm
36
The Birth of The Chieftains
51
Reaping the Harvest
59
The Sixties
65
Taking Off
79
The Chieftains in China
189
The Ballad of the Irish Horse
198
Broadening Horizons
207
Irish Heartbeat
215
A Chieftains Celebration
226
The Bells of Dublin
234
An Irish Evening
242
Another Country
246

Going Down the Road
88
Storming the Albert Hal
100
Year of The Chieftains
109
Hail To The Chieftains
121
Round the House and Mind the
135
The Ace and Deuce of Pipering
145
Boil The Breakfast Early
156
By Papal Request
163
CottonEyed Joe
172
A Pilgrimage to the Grammys
259
Chieftains and Friends
268
The Long Black Veil
279
A Pilgrimage to Galicia
292
Epilogue
307
Discography
309
Index
322
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About the author (2000)

Born in England, John Glatt has over twenty-five years' experience as a music and show business journalist. He is the author of Rage and Roll: Bill Graham and the Selling of Rock, Lost in Hollywood: The Fast Times and Short Life of River Phoenix, and The Royal House of Monaco?Dynasty of Glamour, Tragedy, and Scandal. He lives in New York.

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