Kate Bush: Song by Song

Author(s): John Van der Kiste 

ISBN: 9781781558249
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A comprehensive study of Kate Bush’s music, track by track, song by song, including non-album B-sides of singles.
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  • One of Britain’s most successful and critically respected singer-songwriters, and the first British female singer-songwriter to enjoy major success in what had long been a male-dominated industry

  • Detailed examination of the work of a performer well-known for her lyrical turn of phrase and eclectic musical styles, drawing on folk, rock and world music for inspiration

  • An artist whose work includes a diverse list of guest performers and musicians, including Eric Clapton, Stephen Fry, Prince, Lenny Henry and Gary Brooker

  • Lavishly illustrated with rare and obscure mono/colour images

Kate Bush began her career in 1978 aged nineteen with the single ‘Wuthering Heights’. Inspired by a film adaptation of the Emily Brontë novel, it was the first No. 1 UK single to be written and sung by a female artist.

The release of her accompanying album The Kick Inside established her as a highly individual talent. She has always preferred the recording studio, live performances and tours having been few and far between, and all her albums have been successful at home and abroad, her third, Never for Ever (1980), being the first by a female artist to enter the British chart at No. 1.

Her eclectic, experimental musical style with its often literary and unconventional lyrical themes has defied easy categorisation, earning the lasting admiration of fans, fellow performers and music critics alike, while an eclectic roster of guest artists including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Prince and Stephen Fry have appeared on her work.

Kate Bush: Song by Song provides a thorough examination of the songs on all her singles, albums, and occasional recorded collaborations with other artists.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558249
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 164 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 25 February 2021
ILLUSTRATIONS 50 colour photographs



John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria’s Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family. He lives in Devon.