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    Posted: May 09 2017 at 23:46
Could it really be the first time this autobiography is discussed here? (At least the quick search for 'Changeling' gave me only Toyah.) 
 
Dating from 2007, Changeling is a memoir in which the recent decades are dealt quite shortly whereas the childhood, youth and the beginning of the musical career are described very vividly.
     Right now I've read about one quarter of the book, but for once I'm not getting tired of someone's childhood memories. Oldfield speaks very openly about his feelings of an outsider and social incompetence. He's also pretty good writer.
 
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Hi,

Working on a review of this book. Will post as soon as I am happy with it.

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Originally posted by moshkito moshkito wrote:

Hi,

Working on a review of this book. Will post as soon as I am happy with it.



The review or the book?Wink
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The review I have written is not very good, and I am sitting on it, until I can make some changes ... but it's difficult to make up your mind about which part/section needs a trim.

As for the book, it's fine. 

Edit 07/21 ... I'm going to read the book again. So far, it has not merited a review from me, and I'm not sure why, and likely that he spends his time discussing his experiences, than he does his music and how it makes sense or it does not and how he adds this or that ... which you can find in a couple of bits on the tube, which are far more interesting than the book itself.

All in all, I find the book not as inspiring as his music ... is my perception. That dichotomy is a bit weird, and I'm reading the book again to try and define that. 


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Originally posted by Matti Matti wrote:


Could it really be the first time this autobiography is discussed here? (At least the quick search for 'Changeling' gave me only Toyah.) 
 
Dating from 2007, Changeling is a memoir in which the recent decades are dealt quite shortly whereas the childhood, youth and the beginning of the musical career are described very vividly.
     Right now I've read about one quarter of the book, but for once I'm not getting tired of someone's childhood memories. Oldfield speaks very openly about his feelings of an outsider and social incompetence. He's also pretty good writer.
 

Just bought, thanks Matti.
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50 pages in...excellent read so far.
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Around page 100: Near the end of his collaboration with Ayers and the start of his panic attacks (age 17).

I can relate to that as I had quite a few (small ones) during my youth, got one huge maybe 10 yrs ago and couldn't get out of bed at all. Lasted for 2 whole days and was indeed pretty terrifying.

Mike explains how this miserable state of mind poisoned his life for a complete decade!

Back home now starting the compose Tubular Bells...fascinating!
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