Kate Bush began her career in 1978 at the age of 19 with the single 'Wuthering Heights', inspired by a film adaptation of the Emily Bronte novel, the first No. 1 UK single to be written and sung by a female artist, and the accompanying album 'The Kick Inside', both of which established her as a highly individual talent. She has always preferred the recording studio with live performances and tours having been few and far between, and all her albums have been very successful at home and abroad, her third, 'Never For Ever' (1980), being the first by a female artist to enter the British chart at No. 1. Her eclectic, experimental musical style with its often literary and unconventional lyrical themes has defied easy categorisation, and earned the lasting admiration of fans, fellow performers and music critics alike, while an eclectic roster of guest artists including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Prince and Stephen Fry have appeared on her work,. This book provides a thorough examination of the songs on all her singles, albums, and occasional recorded collaborations with other artists.
Singer-songwriter Kate Bush's eclectic style with its diverse lyrical themes defies easy categorisation, and has earned the admiration of fans, peers and critics alike, while an eclectic roster of guest artists has appeared on her work. This provides a thorough examination of all her songs on singles, albums, and collaborations with other artists.
Acknowledgements; Author's Note; Introduction; 1: The Kick Inside; 2: Lionheart; 3: Never For Ever; 4: The Dreaming; 5: Hounds of Love; 6: The Whole Story; 7: The Sensual World; 8: This Woman's Work; 9: The Red Shoes; 10: Aerial; 11: Director's Cut; 12: 50 Words for Snow; 13: The Other Sides; Endnotes; Bibliography.
John Van der Kiste has published over seventy books, including music, historical biography, local history, true crime and fiction. His other musical titles include works on ELO, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Lindisfarne, Steeleye Span and Steve Winwood. He is a contributor to Guinness Rockopaedia and 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography', has written CD insert notes for various reissues, and reviewed books and records for the national and local press. An occasional musician and songwriter in his spare time, he lives in Devon.