New Bio: 'Jeff Lynne: The Electric Light Orchestra - Before and After'


Jeff Lynne: The Electric Light Orchestra, Before and After is the first-ever biography of one of the most prolific and highly regarded performers of the last fifty years. Rich in backstage anecdotes of overheated orchestras, band rivalries, tour mishaps, cross-group partnerships, unlikely collaborations, and self-imposed exile from the stage in the quest for inspiration, this book will leave fans and general readers delighted and inspired by a career at the epicentre of twentieth-century pop.

  • Jeff Lynne is one of the best-known figures in pop history. After hits with the Move in the 1960s, he went on to make ELO a huge commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s. There has never been a biography of this enigmatic and reclusive artist until now
  • His later career includes production work for George Harrison, the Beatles (on their final two singles) and Roy Orbison, who he joined in the super group the Travelling Wilburys
  • Superbly illustrated with rarely-seen photographs taken from throughout his colourful career

Passionate about music from childhood and much-respected as a teenage guitarist in his native Birmingham, Jeff Lynne rose through the ranks of various semi-professional local groups to become the frontman of the critically acclaimed Idle Race in the late ’60s. From there he joined the ever-popular Move, then helped form the ground-breaking Electric Light Orchestra. After co-founder Roy Wood left in 1972, Lynne turned what had been a struggling rock and classical fusion into one of Britain’s most consistently successful and popular acts. Following a run of hit singles, albums, and sell-out concerts throughout the world, he laid the group to rest in 1986 and combined a solo career as an artist and producer with membership of the ultimate super group, the Traveling Wilburys. His production credits include Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Del Shannon, George Harrison, and even the Beatles on their two final singles in the mid-’90s.

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, The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family, Alfred – Queen Victoria’s Second Son and Prussian Princesses. He lives in Devon.