Staying Alive: The Disco Inferno Of The Bee Gees

September 19, 2017|
Staying Alive: The Disco Inferno Of The Bee Gees by Simon Spence
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''We didn''t know what the film was about. We didn''t know there was a conflict of image that could perhaps hurt us later on. It sort of grew, blew out of proportion.'' - Barry Gibb

In the late 70s, the Bee Gees spectacularly revived their career and, with their soundtrack to the Saturday Night Fever film, became the biggest disco group in the world. But when the disco boom crashed they went from icons to punch lines overnight. The band was inescapably frozen in time: all long, flowing manes, big teeth, falsettos, medallions, hairy chests, and skintight satin trousers, one finger forever pointing in the air.

The Bee Gees would spend the next forty years trying to convince people there was more to them, growing ever more resentful of their gigantic disco success. ''We''d like to dress "Stayin'' Alive" up in a white suit and gold chains and set it on fire,'' they said.

Stayin'' Alive finally lifts that millstone from around their necks by joyfully reappraising and celebrating their iconic disco era. Taking the reader deep into the excesses of the most hedonistic of music scenes, it tells how three brothers from Manchester transformed themselves into the funkiest white group ever and made the world dance. No longer a guilty pleasure but a national treasure.

Simon Spencecollaborated with Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham on the acclaimed memoirs Stoned (Vintage 2001) and 2Stoned (Vintage 2003), and then wrote his own book about Loog Oldham''s legendary Immediate Records (Black Dog 2008). As a journalist Simon has written features on popular culture for many ...
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Title:Staying Alive: The Disco Inferno Of The Bee Gees
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 8.5 X 6 X 0.75 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 8.5 X 6 X 0.75 in
Published:September 19, 2017
Publisher:Jawbone Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781911036272

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