Changeling: The Autobiography of Mike Oldfield

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Random House, Jul 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages

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.

 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue ExegesisSummer
1
Beginnings 1953
9
Lost in Music 1960
24
The clubs 1963
38
On Family2007
51
Harold wood 1966
58
Pimlico 1969
74
The Horrors 1970
90
On Fame 2006
155
1o Hergest Ridge 1975
159
Througham Slad 1976
172
The Seminar 1978
187
On Rebirth 2006
203
Flying High 1978
209
Crises? What Crises? 1981
227
Berlin to Now 19902006
240

On Spirituality 2006
103
The Manor 1971
109
The Recording1972
122
The Beacon 1974
139
On Me Now
253
Acknowledgements
256
Index
257
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Mike Oldfield's first album, Tubular Bells, spent a total of 250 weeks at number one in the UK album charts, was used as the theme tune to The Exorcist and won a 1974 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition. He is one of the most successful recording artists ever.

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