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Bee Gees Mythology

Bee Gees Mythology Reprise

By Dan Forte

  When the Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997, Barry Gibb acknowledged that they are “the enigma with a stigma.” Indeed, to find a musical act that has gained such enormous popularity while eliciting such passionate ire, you’d probably have to go back to Pat Boone. The staggering stats of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb are well known. Originally Beatles influenced balladeers, their first five singles reached Billboard’s Top 20 in the mid ’60s.

Eight years later, they began a string of number-one disco hits that culminated with six consecutive chart-toppers. A career-spanning, four- CD boxed set and comprehensive, two-hour DVD mark their 50 years of music making. With so many unauthorized “critical analyses” flooding the market, it’s nice to see a proper documentary on any major group, and producer/director Skot Bright does a splendid job of telling the Bee Gees’ fascinating story – along with… Minimation: The Bee Gees and Life After ‘Saturday Night Fever’

By Brian Ives 
On Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. This installment is taken from a 1988 interview with the Bee Gees, where they discusses the effect that ‘Saturday Night Fever’ had on their career. This one is a bit bittersweet, in retrospect: Maurice and Robin Gibb do most of the talking (Barry was present, but had a cold). And of course, Maurice and Robin are, sadly, no longer with us. This Minimation was created for by Max Werkmeister.
What do you think of when you think of the Bee Gees? The Beatles-eque young lads of “New York Mining Disaster 1941″ fame? How about the guys who did the definitive version of “To Love Somebody,” later to be covered by Rod Stewart, Janis Joplin and Gram Parsons?
Let’s be real: you think of the white suits, feathered hair, and disco jams. Today, “Stayin’ Alive,” one of their monster smashes from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is a much c…

25 Years Ago: The Bee Gees Rebound With ‘One’

by  Jeff Gilles August 12, 2014 1:51 PM “It was never our intention to do anything else with our lives except to become famous,” admitted Barry Gibb in a 1989 interview. In fact, he added, he and his younger twin brothers Maurice and Robin — or, as the three have always been more popularly known, the Bee Gees — were busy making plans at an age when most kids were still playing with toys: “Before we ever got into our teens, we had already agreed with each other that that’s where we were going.”
The brothers’ ambition paid off in a big way. The Gibbs formed their first band in the mid-’50s, when Barry was nine and the twins were six; 10 years later, after the family moved from the UK to Australia, they were already a successful recording act with a budding discography that started producing Australian hits as early as ‘Wine and Women’ in the fall of 1965. And although those early years were followed by plenty of ups and downs — including a brief breakup — by the end of the ’…

RJ about the article about his mother's play and cd Robin Gibb 50 St. Cat's Drive

Myself and Megan never agreed to our child Max's image being used in the paper, we were never consulted. We were told that we would be able to see the article before print, and then the appropriate pictures would be selected.

We never saw a preliminary write up of the article and if they got the go ahead from someone else, they should not have complied. I call on the paper in question to now remove Max's image from at least their on-line posting if they have any respect for ...a child and the wishes of his parents, and before they even try to say anything about my mother's presence in the photograph then I will state now of course that it has nothing to do with her and all to do with the article astride the photograph.

No shame, it's the same old stuffings. It is truly boring now, like the literary version of watching bad soap opera repeats. There were great interviews that had taken place with us for that article, on upcoming projects, new songs that my father wrote,…