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An electrifying new biography about the four Essex lads who became award-winning stadium superstars and champions of synth pop! 
Jonathan Miller's groundbreaking book features in-depth interviews with founder member Vince Clarke and producers Gareth Jones and Mark Bell, and contains never-before seen interviews with the band members themselves. 
With additional input from Gary Human, Howard Jones and Thomas Dolby this is a unique portrait of a band that almost lost control when their lives went off the rails and lead singer Dave Gahan's heroin addiction nearly killed him. In the end Depeche Mode not only survived, they triumphed, racking up a staggering 40 million-plus album sales on the way. 

This is their amazing story, told in full for the first time.

Born out of the post-punk backlash in the early 80's, Depeche Mode took their name from a phrase in a French style magazine and became the definitive international synth-pop group. Vince Clarke, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore had started out as an Essex guitar band but it was their bright and upbeat synthesizer-driven brand of pop fronted by Dave Gahan that was to find global acceptance and enjoy unlikely success in the US. 

Despite a handful of early plaudits in the music press, the group won only intermittent critical acceptance over the years, its often light musical approach contrasting with lyrics that sometimes plunge into darker topics like S&M, religious fetishism and the scourge of capitalism. But whatever the music press said, the fans finally bought into Depeche Mode in a big way. Their Violator tour at the start of the 90s sold millions of records and turned them into major US concert stars. 
In true rock style, Depeche Mode's members have suffered their share of internal strife over a long career. Dave Gahan reinvented himself as a lead singer with both a harder musical edge and a near-fatal drug habit, while internal acrimony often marred the later stages of their career. 
Jonathan Miller has made an exemplary job of telling the Depeche Mode saga in its entirety and goes a long way towards explaining how the group have managed to thrive when almost all their post-punk contemporaries fell by the wayside long ago. 

Jonathan Miller is a freelance writer specialising in hi-tech music interviews, with over 100 features and articles published in leading music recording titles around the globe. This is his first book.
Large format paperback edition.

Arts & Entertainment
June 10
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Customer Reviews

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Let's be honest, books about Depeche Mode are rare. Insightful ones even more so. Especially in the UK and not written in German!

For us tortured few (British DM fans, who truly get the whole and it's component parts) it's a struggle to get to know these five truly remarkable music legends.... Pushing it a bit in Fletch's case (sorry Fletch) as they are so elusive and apart from Dave's public meltdown from Violator onwards, you hear so little of them. They are largely ignored by the British media, criminal when you listen to some of the pap they peddle on Radio 1.

Few music luminaries rated them, but the likes of the late great John Peel did. Perhaps that's one of things that made him great.
And judging by the many, now long forgotten, music "journo's" (you know who you are) and the fact that Depeche are still going strong, still creditable and still producing new and uplifting tunes, goes to show how little the UK music industry welcomes innovation, challenge and a willingness to push the envelope of what is the trad norm.

So well done to Mr Miller who has produced a genuinely informative and entertaining read, even though I'm reading it four years since it's release, I've still found it engrossing.

A little techy sometimes and if there's a single track release missed I'll eat hay with horses. Heavy going? Maybe. Informative? I thought I was the typical DM geek and could learn little from any one about the "baz boys" - how wrong can you be!

All in all 10 out of 10 if you're "devoted".

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