His time in such bands as Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, Phenomena and Black Sabbath not only is the stuff of legends but some of the greatest music ever recorded! But what you hear is only a part of the story of Glenn Hughes.
‘Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography’ is not only a look at rock n roll history, but a study into the life of a drug addict as his life not only spiraled but free fell out of control. Within the pages you hear from Glenn himself, how drugs not only ruined him, but ruined his career. It is depressing to read how one of the most talented musicians in the world couldn’t get work because he was too unpredictable. But the story has an incredibly happy ending with a drug free and sober man who wears his faith o his sleeve and has resurrected his career.
When I first heard Glenn’s voice I was mesmerized, but never knew what was going on behind the scenes. In the pre internet world his issues were known and reported but not to the depth it would be scrutinized now. In 1986 I went to see Black Sabbath in New Haven, CT and I can remember looking up on the stage and thinking “that’s not Glenn Hughes”! That was because he was fired the show before and was replaced by the late Ray Gillen. After reading this book, I now know the whole story… and am still waiting to see Glenn Hughes live.
Co written with Joel McIver, ‘Glenn Hughes – The Biography’ is an incredible read that really tugs on your emotions as it takes you for a wild ride. You don’t need to be a fan of his music to get something out of this easy to read book. You see how despite the loving upbringing, kind personality and unquestionable talent, anyone is susceptible to the lure of drugs and the hell it will put you through.
I’m so thankful that Glenn has survived and is now in a great place! This book is not only the chronicles of a wild and sometimes out of control rock star but the tale of a true survivor!
Matman Rating: 5 out of 5 strangers to love