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The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx

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Culled from the author's personal interviews with band members, record company executives, management, friends and fans, 'The Grand Delusion' is the first biography of the superstar rock group Styx. Beginning with 'Lady' in 1974, Styx delivered a string of hits including 'Come Sail Away', 'Fooling Yourself', 'Miss America', 'Renegade', 'Blue Collar Man', 'Babe', 'The Best ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published March 8th 2007 by BookSurge Publishing
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Libbycgray
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Although the early history of the band Styx is forthrightly told, interesting, and more-or-less accurate, the story of the band since 1998 and "The Breakup" is hopelessly muddled, opinionated, and incomplete. Anyone who wants the band's early history will be rewarded. Those seeking insider dirt on the split will be disappointed.
Even the non-fan casual reader will immediately note that none of the principle musicians in the band have agreed to be interviewed on that breakup for this book. I
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Clem
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is by no means a “serious” biography. This is essentially a book written by a fan for the fans. Styx was one of those bands that had a long history of moderate success until they exploded with popularity in 1981 with their album Paradise Theatre. All of the sudden they were on top of the world. They didn’t enjoy the view for long. Their follow up album contained the song “Mr. Roboto”, which like the Apollo 13 mission could be deemed “A Successful Failure”. In addition to the quirky song al ...more
Scott Holstad
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
The Grand Delusion is subtitled "The Unauthorized True Story of Styx," and it's a comprehensive account of the band from its beginnings in 1962 to the present. As such, it's truly fascinating. However, the book is far from perfect.

First of all, let me say that I grew up listening to Styx as a kid in the '70s. They were rarely hip, but they were a guilty pleasure. One of my first albums was Paradise Theater. I've long loved many of their notable songs, and even like some of the early
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Chris van Gorder
Aug 08, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm not much of a fan of music group biographies.

Typically, they tell the story in a way that is supposed to entice you to buy the group's entire back catalog. Not so in the case of this tome.

This is the sad story of how arrogance can bring down a band. Can't we all just get along guys?
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