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.
The lovingly detailed book does Dream Theater’s legend proud.
The full unexpurgated story of prog metal’s leading lights.
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.
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.
Classic Rock Presents Prog
Everything you could possibly want to know about the U.S. prog metallers.
The ideal Dream Theater one-stop.
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.
A fantastic journey through 20 years of Dream Theater history.