A no-holds-barred look into the remarkable life and career of the prolific musician, songwriter, and producer behind Eurythmics and dozens of pop hits.
Dave Stewart's life has been a wild ride - one filled with music, constant reinvention, and the never-ending drive to create. Growing up in industrial Northern England, he left home for the gritty London streets of the '70s, where he began collaborating and performing with various musicians, including a young waitress named Annie Lennox.
The chemistry between Stewart and Lennox was undeniable, and an intense romance developed. While their passion proved too much offstage, they thrived musically and developed their own sound. They called themselves Eurythmics and launched into global stardom with the massively popular album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
For the first time, Stewart shares the incredible, high-octane stories of his life in music - the drug-fueled adventures, the A-list collaborations and relationships, and the creative process that brought us blockbusters from Eurythmics like "Here Comes the Rain Again" and "Would I Lie to You" as well as Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More", No Doubt's "Underneath It All", Golden Globe winner "Old Habits Die Hard" with Mick Jagger, and many more.
From great friendships and creative partnerships, including the group SuperHeavy along with Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and A. R. Rahman, to inspired performances and intimate moments in the studio, Stewart highlights the musicians he admires and calls friends, from Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr to Bono, Bon Jovi, and Katy Perry.
With a behind-the-scenes look at Stewart's innovative endeavors that keep him on the cutting edge of the music business, Sweet Dreams Are Made of This is a one-of-a-kind portrait of the creative heart of one of its most gifted and enterprising contributors.
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More than an audiobook
I've listened to and loved several musician's autobiographies, but this was the only on that has included music. There are two full songs and several snippets. It helped bring the story to life. Mr. Stewart's delivery was fun and felt spontaneous. It made me feel that anyone ready the print book would be missing out a little.
I felt like I was going on a ride with Dave Stewart. So few people get to experience the level of stardom, influence and creativity he has. It was exciting feeling like I was in the room as the Eurythmics crafted their first songs, or Mr. Stewart's first meeting with Stevie Nicks or turning Maria McKee's "A Good Heart" into a worldwide hit for Fergal Sharkey.
Mr. Stewart tends to focus on the positive aspects of his career and personal life, but doesn't leave out the sadness, tragedies or frustrations. He seems like a person who is grateful for the opportunities he's had and has made the most of him. I enjoyed the journey through his life while listening to the book and felt inspired to be more creative myself.
- Robert Nunez "coolrobert"