Kate Bush - The Biography by Rob Jovanovic is a worthy read, though the new biography by Graeme Thomson "Under the Ivy" is far superior. Jovanovic's perspective is less in depth in comparison and, in my opinion, rather judgmental as opposed to Graeme's fair and impartial perspective. Jovanovic's personal distaste for "The Dreaming" was the tell tale sign of his inability to be impartial. Though "The Dreaming" didn't sell as well as some of her other albums and there were plenty of people who didn't "get it" , it is nevertheless, hailed by a multitude of critics as her masterpiece. Even Kate herself states that it is, by far, her favorite album.I guess I found his take on things to be a bit trite and amateurish. As a musician myself, I am interested in her musical compositions, their complexities, the deep seated meanings behind her songs and her amazing abilities to push boundaries and create that which has not been heard before. For me, Jovanovic reduced her to a mere pop star when , in fact, she's a musical genius capable of writing complex symphonies.She is in a category all her own, far from the juvenile leagues of Madonna, Brittainy and other similar pop starts who don't even write their own music. The fact that her music is like no other ( besides all the new groups now imitating her) is the very reason she deserves mass praise for she took us through the darkness to the light and back again in a way nobody preceding her had ever done. Yes, she was dramatic and dark and, at times, frightening, but that was what took us into the dream, if you will; what made us FEEL. Kate is all emotion and feeling. Those who don't allow themselves to feel in this way, would not understand nor enjoy the music due to their own external shell of protection.
If you are looking to understand what Kate wants us to understand about her music and herself, read Under the Ivy and maybe save this one for the bathroom read, as did I.Much of what I read from Jovanovic's book was included in Under the Ivy, but Under the Ivy was far more detailed and more beautifully written.