Stripped: Depeche Mode

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Omnibus Press, Nov 5, 2009 - Music - 552 pages
An electrifying new biography about the four Essex lads who became award-winning stadium superstars and champions of synth pop!

Jonathan Miller's groundbreaking book features in-depth interviews with founder member Vince Clarke and producers Gareth Jones and Mark Bell, and contains never-before seen interviews with the band members themselves.

With additional input from Gary Human, Howard Jones and Thomas Dolby this is a unique portrait of a band that almost lost control when their lives went off the rails and lead singer Dave Gahan's heroin addiction nearly killed him. In the end Depeche Mode not only survived, they triumphed, racking up a staggering 40 million-plus album sales on the way.

This is their amazing story, told in full for the first time.

Born out of the post-punk backlash in the early 80's, Depeche Mode took their name from a phrase in a French style magazine and became the definitive international synth-pop group. Vince Clarke, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore had started out as an Essex guitar band but it was their bright and upbeat synthesizer-driven brand of pop fronted by Dave Gahan that was to find global acceptance and enjoy unlikely success in the US.

Despite a handful of early plaudits in the music press, the group won only intermittent critical acceptance over the years, its often light musical approach contrasting with lyrics that sometimes plunge into darker topics like S&M, religious fetishism and the scourge of capitalism. But whatever the music press said, the fans finally bought into Depeche Mode in a big way. Their Violator tour at the start of the 90s sold millions of records and turned them into major US concert stars.
In true rock style, Depeche Mode's members have suffered their share of internal strife over a long career. Dave Gahan reinvented himself as a lead singer with both a harder musical edge and a near-fatal drug habit, while internal acrimony often marred the later stages of their career.

Jonathan Miller has made an exemplary job of telling the Depeche Mode saga in its entirety and goes a long way towards explaining how the group have managed to thrive when almost all their post-punk contemporaries fell by the wayside long ago.

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24Home Is Where The Art Is?
25Road Failure Or Mode Failure?
26Synth Rock Till You Drop
27When Four Became Three
28The Beginning Of The End?
29From Exodus To Ultra
30Coming Clean

6The Beatles Of The Indies
7The Summer Of Discontent
8See You Vince
9Friend Or Foe?
10Pop Rival
11When Three Became Four
12From Basildon To Berlin
13Trials And Tribulations
14Lasting Long players?
15Risky Business
16Back In Black
17Entertainment USA
18Massive Attack
19Electronic Music For The Masses
20Godfathers Of Techno?
21Bigger Than Jesus?
22Stadium Synth Stars
23Hopelessly Devoted
31Some Great Rewards
32Exciting Times Ahead
33Going Solo
34Dreams Of Leaving?
35No Future?
36Remix And Remodel
The Comeback?
38Recording With Angels
39Touring The Angel
40Collection Time Again
41Light Recoils Through The Hourglass
42Back To The Future
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