Running Up That Hill: 50 Visions of Kate Bush
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had great fun listening to each album after its relevant discussion in the book, which provided many ways to read the songs together/indicated where they were ongoing stories. A look at Kate's life through 50 chapters, from her early beginnings right up to the phenomenal success of Running Up That Hill, second time around due to the excellent tv show, Stranger Things.
With Kate back in the news following the inclusion of ‘Running Up That Hill’ in the TV show Stranger Things, this lavish book is published at the perfect time to celebrate Kate’s contributions to the world of music. There’s something quite apt about Bush’s voice summoning the hands of pilled-up hedonists at warehouse parties and a kind of payback too.
Running Up That Hill, by Tom Doyle, is an insightful and far more personal look at Kate Bush than what we usually get in writings about her. A Times Book of the Year An Uncut Magazine Book of the Year A Waterstones Music Book of the Year A Virgin Radio Book of the Year A Louder Book of the Year ‘Probably the best Bush book to date. I was big into the Pink Floyd and Kate Bush came up a few times as someone that David Gilmour, gutiarist and singer for Floyd had discovered or premoted. We have a regular newsletter with the week’s new releases that goes out every Thursday or Friday too. Yes the big songs were on this one, but I loved Cloudbursting and Under Ice were the ones that made me a fan.
visions" does seem like it's going to be a very inventive radical new biography format, which it isn't really, but it still makes for an interesting read!
This is not a deep dive into Kate Bush's life story or intrapsychic psychodynamics but a wonderful tribute and narrative of her career and musical life. Especially with the almost meticulous breakdown of the meaning and stories within the lyrics of the vast majority of her songs - I feel like I see them in a whole new light now. Books like this serves not just as a nostalgic trip but as a reminder to get some of her work into my regular playlists again. The hit Netflix show Stranger Things, a love letter to eighties cinema and its cultural dayglo made heavy use of Running Up That Hill and introduced her to a new and vaster audience than she has ever been subjected to.
Doyle concludes his contemporary military fantasy trilogy with this ambitious installment (after The Left-Hand Way). I would highly recommend this to both fans of hers as well as those who just enjoy music history and/or biographies (though admittedly this isn't so much a biography as a series of visions that together tells a good part of her life).It’s also a scrapbook of lists: chapter 48 reveals where to look on each album cover for a “KT” symbol – one has been hidden on every sleeve since her debut, The Kick Inside. When news of her arrival started to spread, the excitement was extraordinary; even Elvis Costello approached her in the most fanboyish manner: imagine *them* working together one day! If anything, the book only grew my affection for her, to the point where I'm now trying to work out what my Kate Bush tattoo will be. While in 1992 she gave permission for Utah Saints to sample her 1985 hit ‘Cloudbusting’ for their single ‘Something Good’, she stays away from anything that might be regarded as a active collaboration, although interestingly her engineer/former partner Del Palmer hints in an interview that she was considering it. Running Up That Hill: 50 Visions of Kate Bush is a vibrant and comprehensive re-examination of Kate Bush and her many creative landmarks.