Born without social instincts many people take for granted, brought up in an environment that was beyond his ability to deal with and possessed with an extraordinary musical talent, Mike was thrust into the spotlight at the tender age of nineteen. His first album Tubular Bells went on to sell fifteen million copies worldwide and catapulted him into a stardom he was ill equipped to cope with. From growing up with an alcoholic mother, to his feelings of alienation and struggles with depression, this book takes Mike from his early years, through his staggering fame, his broken marriages, years as a recluse and to his rebirth experience at a controversial Exegis seminar. Mike Oldfield has been on a journey few of us could ever imagine, and offers a message of hope to anybody who feels they live on the edge of society.
Mike Oldfield rose to prominence with his first album, Tubular Bells, which was written and recorded during his teenage years. Once it reached the number one spot, it spent a total of 250 weeks in the UK album charts. It was also used as the theme tune to the film The Exorcist and won a 1974 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition. He is one of the most successful recording artists ever, and is currently working on a new album for release in 2007/2008.