Bryan Adams is a one man rock’n’roll success story: he went from washing dishes for $2.50 per hour to becoming a multi-millionaire by making music that people liked. Adams’ ‘Reckless’ album sold over 10 million units globally whilst his ballad ‘Everything I Do (I Do It For You)’ cleared an impressive 7 million copies. He remains one of the world’s most popular rockers and a Canadian national hero.
In this detailed but accessible biography Mark Duffett explores Adams’ meteoric recording career, ‘ordinary guy’ persona, and unfolding political commitment. The supporting activities of his manager and record company are included to complete the picture. As a well-informed story of maximum rock’n’roll it constitutes essential reading material for true fans.
Note. This book is a lightly revised edition of – Bryan Adams: A Fretted Biography (0952508303) first released in 1994.
Praise for the 1994 edition:
“Overviews of other Canadian bands and artists… are included in this interesting book. Bryan Adams’ successes throughout the 1980s and 1990s are well documented… Duffett makes a point of praising Adams’ songwriting abilities… Overall, Duffett’s biography of the ‘Groover from Vancouver’ Bryan Adams is well written and a fine introduction to Adams’ career for most fans”. Paul Bezanker in The Record / CD/ Cassette Collectors’ Exchange, May 1995
“The book impresses with facts and figures. It also explores Adams’ ‘regular guy’ image”. Fonorama, June 1995
“Bryan Adams, A Fretted Biography is something that you don’t see very often… It also contains Canadian press information on the man that was previously unavailable in the UK”. Making Music, Feb 1995
Dr Mark Duffett is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Chester. His research interests centre on celebrity images and fan phenomena.
Since first writing Bryan Adams: A Fretted Biography, Mark has published many articles and book chapters on popular music. He is currently working on a textbook about media fandom for Continuum.
Author: Mark Duffett
Published 4th June 2012 | 978-1909125056 | $8.99, £5.99 (Print Book, 135pp) | Available on Kindle and iBooks