Lifting Shadows

The Authorized Biography of Dream Theater. Now in paperback.


Rich Wilson has truly captured the ups and downs that have made Dream Theater’s journey thus far a very interesting story… Rich has done a remarkable job tracking down almost every single person that has been a part of Dream Theater’s first twenty years.

Mike Portnoy

The lovingly detailed book does Dream Theater’s legend proud.

Metal Hammer

The full unexpurgated story of prog metal’s leading lights.

Classic Rock

In the foreword to this hefty, 450-page official story of Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy, the band’s drummer, explains: “It’s not a typical biography filled with sex, drugs and rock and roll road stories.” This much was to be expected; Dream Theater, a ‘thinking man’s metal band’s formed by music college graduates, are no Mötley Crüe. But every rock fan – not just Dream Theater freaks – should read this book … Lifting Shadows is more that just the story of a great rock band – the finest progressive metal act since Rush – it is also an exposé of the harsh realities of the music business.

Paul Elliott
Classic Rock

Rich Wilson has wasted little time in bringing what was already a gripping read (a damn near essential one if you’re a Dream Theater fan) bang up to date, packing in almost half as much again detailing the new album.

Jerry Ewing
Classic Rock Presents Prog

Everything you could possibly want to know about the U.S. prog metallers.

Paul Travers

The ideal Dream Theater one-stop.

Tim Jones
Record Collector

I read this book with high expectations and a sense of urgency. I had become a crazy Dream Theater nut and had read a great deal about the band over two years. Yet, my understanding of their history was not complete. Wilson’s book is methodical in nature; each period is covered in great detail. Unlike many biographies, this book does not gloss over delicate matters (such as Portnoy’s substance addictions). Nor does it serve as a “Behind the Music” type of foray only into intra-band squabbles. The book gives a balanced and ultimately inspiration account of some of the greatest musicians of their generation.

Phil Simon

A fantastic journey through 20 years of Dream Theater history.

Szabolcs Gergely
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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