Tragedy (Paperback)

The Ballad of the Bee Gees

By Jeff Apter

Jawbone Press, 9781911036005, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

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Paperback (9/1/2019)

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The rise and fall of the brothers Gibb--Barry, Robin, Maurice, and younger brother Andy--is perhaps the greatest saga in Australian music history.

Although the Bee Gees enjoyed several rebirths in a career that spanned many decades, it seemed that tragedy followed the Gibbs like a curse. For every incredible career high there was a hefty personal downside: divorce, drunkenness, and death seemed as synonymous with the Gibbs as falsetto harmonies, flares, and multi-platinum record sales.

Not long before his death, Robin made it clear that he believed the Gibbs had been forced to pay the highest possible cost for their success. "All the tragedies my family has suffered . . . is a kind of karmic price we are paying for all the fame and fortune we've had." This is the story of the brothers' incredible careers and an examination of the Gibb 'curse'--an all-too-human look at the rollercoaster ride of fame.

About the Author

Jeff Apter is the author of High Voltage: The Life of Angus Young AC/DC’s Last Man Standing, published by Chicago Review Press in April 2018; he ghostwrote Dirty Deeds, former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans’s bestselling memoir. He also worked as ghostwriter with AC/DC’s manager, Michael Browning, on his book Dog Eat Dog. Jeff’s other subjects include Keith Urban, the Finn brothers, Jeff Buckley, and the Bee Gees. The former Music Editor at Australian Rolling Stone, Jeff was the dramaturge for the award-nominated live show A State of Grace: The Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley, which toured Australia successfully in 2015.

Praise For Tragedy: The Ballad of the Bee Gees

“…what Apter does do better is delve more into the psychology of the Gibb brothers in terms of their relations to each other, and the jealousies and power struggles that ran throughout their seemingly united front.”
- Houston Press

"Somehow, with all the juicy stories, the decades of artistry, fame, and lifestyle excess, Tragedy presents the Bee Gees' story in a very matter-of-fact way."

- The A.V. Club