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Sort order. Jan 23, Phil Simon rated it it was amazing. Great story of a great band. This is not a "Behind the Music" type of expose.
Rather, it's a balanced account on how "the biggest band you never head of" came to be. I couldn't put this down. May 14, Victoria rated it liked it Recommends it for: Dream Theater fans. Shelves: biography , non-fiction. In another instance of art mimicking life, Rich Wilson's "Lifting Shadows", much like Dream Theater's music, will only appeal to the already converted.
The book is jam-packed with interviews from the band members themselves including the taciturn John Myung! Indeed, there's much more drama to the Dream Theater story than one might initially expect from "the greatest band you've never he In another instance of art mimicking life, Rich Wilson's "Lifting Shadows", much like Dream Theater's music, will only appeal to the already converted.
Indeed, there's much more drama to the Dream Theater story than one might initially expect from "the greatest band you've never heard of. Aside from the interesting and sometimes amusing anecdotes of band interaction, the best parts of the book are the ones that give insight into the music industry. Wilson does a fine job of showcasing the band's perspectives, as well as conflicting perspectives from the record executives they struggled against.
Wilson is clearly quite familiar with Dream Theater's history, and "Lifting Shadows" is very much a book "for the fans, by a fan. Wilson coaxes great interviews from all his subjects, and his research is impeccable. However, there are times where he waxes on about each album as if he's writing a glowing music review when it's clear that anyone reading this book will already be quite familiar with Dream Theater's discography.
Finally, reading this book after Mike Portnoy's departure is both telling and quite sad. The book depicts an interesting picture of the drummer, who loves the band as much as he loves perfection and control over it. No one would be able to doubt Portnoy's dedication to the band, but its interesting to see some of the threads that eventually led to his departure.
Knowing that, the closing chapters of the book take on a bit of sadness as the reader knows how the band's expressed optimism turns out. Fans of the band will love this book, and the DT fanatic would be remiss to miss Wilson's article in Classic Rock magazine detailing Portnoy's departure. I really enjoyed this book.
Being a huge fan of Dream Theater's music for about 15 years now, I have pretty mush just consumed anything and everything musically that I could find that involved the band, or any of the individual members. Not being much of a follower of online chats, forums, discussions, news, gossip, etc. I was only really aware of their music and official news I had read.
This book gave the whole behind-the-scene details for pretty much everything from their earliest days on thro I really enjoyed this book. I am amazed at the detail this went into, and how even some of the smallest characters in the story got covered and interviewed. Managers, record execs, singers who tried out, people they had crossed the path of, just about everyone got talked to.
Very well written; very in-depth; very revealing; and kept me glued to the book. I found it a bit odd when I read that Mike Portnoy had pretty much stated he was leaving the band years ago.
The things that were said about how there is no way the band could conceive of going on without him, and fortunately he did not follow through and we have some of the most amazing albums to date that came afterwards.
Now, here we are in , and Mike did recently quit, and yet they are continuing on without him, and just released the info on their new drummer. I just found it funny in reading that section last week right around the time they announced their new drummer.
This book covers the time frame all th way through their latest album, so it covers very modern times. And now that Mike has quit the band, this book basically encapsulates the entire Mike Portnoy era of the band. The book chronicles the group's arrival at this momentous occasion. The story starts with a brief look at each member's childhood and early musical influences. Many of the chapter titles reference Dream Theater DT songs and each charts their challenging career course in detailed fashion.
Their many battles within the established music industry, and Dream Theater's continuing fight for musical integrity, provide the foundation on which the group's story is told.
Although personal issues are touched upon, this treatise is more concerned with the career changes and inner workings of the group. The last chapter is Dreaming Aside which talks about the extensive side projects that James, John, John, Mike and Jordan have been involved in over the years. As a fan of the band I really enjoyed this book.
A quick read, for fans of progressive rock and metal, and good for anyone starting out in the industry. An incredibly thorough, enthralling book for the diehard Dream Theater fan. It doesn't matter how long you've been a fan for, or how much you've read up on the band online, there will be facts in here you've never read. With the exception of John Purdell RIP and Kevin Moore wasn't interested in contributing , everybody who had something to do with Dream Theater at some point is interviewed in-depth.
Even the singers who were in the band for just two months and David Prater who describes Mike An incredibly thorough, enthralling book for the diehard Dream Theater fan. Even the singers who were in the band for just two months and David Prater who describes Mike Portnoy's drumming as sounding "like faeces" got interview spots.
Every studio anecdote or memorable gig story gets a mention. No stone is left unturned! Which, for someone who is a great fan of the band or has a strong interest in their history , is fantastic. Rich Wilson has clearly poured hundreds of hours of research and interviewing time into writing this book. But for more casual fans, this book's extreme depth will make it a drag.
Personally, my biggest interest is in the band's early days, and their "classic" albums. I like their more recent material but in my opinion it doesn't compare to the likes of Awake. So from my perspective this raises two issues with the book.
The first is that, while the first half of their career is filled with conflict and turmoil, and makes for a thrilling read, the second half is much more plain. For Six Degrees It all goes swimmingly. Yet Wilson insists on making these later chapters just as big and chunky as the early ones. Although I'll admit this may just be due to personal bias, the second half of the book is much less engaging than the first half.
The second issue, again, may be affected by personal bias. I don't think their more recent albums are that great. In all honesty, I think that by Six Degrees Again, this might just be me, but Wilson's constant gushing about how amazing each album is gets tiresome after a while.
Even on the albums which are regarded less well, he tries to use some angle which makes it seem brilliant. I know this is a biography of Dream Theater, so is likely to be a bit biased, but it does get cringeworthy after a while. Perhaps another flaw in the book is the absence of any new interviews with Kevin Moore, who declined for reasons which aren't entirely clear. Regardless of your opinion as to whether his contributions were actually the best in the band, or whether he merely helped lay the groundwork for later releases, you cannot deny he wasn't part of the creative core of the band.
A lot of the time when reading the book you don't notice most of the interviews are with Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci anyway , but there are some parts of the book, particularly the parts discussing Moore's departure from the band, which feel very awkward given his absence.
LIFTING SHADOWS COMPANION CD
It was based off two chords and a poem that John Myung brought to the studio. After an unsucessful jam, they managed to make a song out of it. Lifting Shadows Off a Dream's lyrics have defied conventional analysis since its release. According to Myung the song is about "The duality between a man and a woman and how they can compliment each other. Lifting Shadows Off a Dream is notable for lending its name to the Dream Theater biography, Lifting Shadows as well as the album of the same name that came with the book, though it ironically does not appear on the album. Performances of Lifting Shadows Off a Dream are somewhat uncommon, though it was more commonly performed during the tour to support Awake. Generally live performances tend to be enhanced, specifically during the tour to support Falling Into Infinity where it was commonly opened with a bass solo by Myung.
Lifting Shadows: The Authorized Biography of Dream Theater
Lifting Shadows Off a Dream