Chris Young — a former Sunday Times journalist and now a publisher — has been a long-standing follower of David Sylvian’s music. He was prompted to begin his research into writing a book about the composer by his now late-father, a classical musician and PhD in musicology, who also had an interest in Sylvian’s more recent works in the areas of free improv. Chris’s publishing interests take him all over the world, and in fact he began writing the book back in March 2009, sitting in Minneapolis airport returning to the U.K. from a trip to the States. During his time in Minneapolis, he located and visited the home Sylvian lived in while in Minnesota. This was the stimulus for the writing process to begin. Since then, he has travelled to numerous places associated with Sylvian throughout Japan, the United States, Europe, and the U.K. Chris lives in Heswall on the Wirral, and is married to Marie. He has written for various media all his career, and is in the process of organising the composition of another musical biography which it is hoped will be announced in January 2016.
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On the Periphery: David Sylvian - A Biography
by Christopher Young
At last, the definitive biography of David Sylvian. This book — which has taken 3 years to complete — tracks the period of Sylvian’s solo career from 1982 to 2015. As well as being one of popular music’s most innovative and influential composers, Sylvian is an enigmatic and complex man, and the musical, personal, and spiritual journey he has undertaken over the last three decades is profound.
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