There’s probably not too many of us who remember Thomas Dolby these days, but here he is back with his autobiography, published last year in the USA and now getting a belated UK release.
This is a book of two halves: the first part deals with his musical career, from his run of four solo albums up to his departure to the USA. Older readers will recall the first two albums, The Golden Age Of Wireless and The Flat Earth, were reasonably successful, spawning a few hit singles, the most memorable being She Blinded Me With Science and Hyperactive. His recording work was supplemented by playing as a session musician on albums by superficially unlikely bands such as Foreigner and Def Leppard, while also doing production work, Prefab Sprout being the most successful example. Unfortunately his next two albums were not as well received, and, after a brief return to the spotlight playing in Bowie’s band at Live Aid, he eventually made the decision to move to America, where he’d already been spending much of his time.
The book is subtitled ‘breaking the barriers between music and technology,’ and it’s this aspect of his career that is dealt » Continue Reading.