1. 'John Barry – The Man With The Midas Touch' Now Available

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-11-05

    It’s taken more than a full year of waiting, but John Barry – The Man with the Midas Touch, a book celebrating the work of the famed James Bond film composer is finally available.

    Delayed from its original 2007 release date, John Barry – The Man with the Midas Touch was released on 31 October in the UK.

    Written by Geoff Leonard, Pete Walker and Gareth Bramley, this illustrated hardback is published by Redcliffe Press Ltd and retails for £19.99. The original announcement from follows:

    Whether or not you purchased John Barry – A life in Music, ten years ago, you can look forward to a book that has been thoroughly re-written and completely updated. We have spent a lot of time on the picture content and this too has been extensively updated and includes a good selection of rare photos, both colour and black and white.

    There are approximately 300 pages including two photo sections of 16 pages each of colour and b & w. In addition to this, a photo introduces each of the thirty chapters, and, of course, the discography has been updated to include everything that’s happened since 1998. It’s a book that does full justice to a glittering career.

    We want to emphasise that this project is basically a self-publication in that we have commissioned a publisher to act on our behalf. All the work has been done by a team of dedicated Barry fans, much of it voluntarily.

    Therefore, we want to encourage as many as possible to order (and therefore pay for) the book now, even though it won’t be available until October/November. Of course, there will be a discount if you do this–we don’t expect anybody to pay in advance purely for our benefit!

    The book will retail at £19.99 ($39.99) but for those wishing to pay in advance, the cost will be £14.99 ($29.99)–a saving of 25%!

    007 fans best know Barry for his work as composer on the scores for 11 James Bond films, starting with 1963’s From Russia With Love and finally ending with 1987’s The Living Daylights.

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