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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

A Life in Music
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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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.

©2016 Dave Stewart (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Genius person genius life = genius book

Any music lover, writer,singer, musician or just someone that adores an amazing story must read this book. Certainly the best memoir I have read, full of laughter, sadness, madness and talent. Get it you won't regret it. (That rhymes 🤔)

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A masterclass in pop history

A superb journey through the life of this extraordinary musician, told by the man himself. A masterclass for any aspiring artist who wants advice on how to live, breathe and eat music.

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Fantastic

really enjoyed this book.. massive eurythmics fan.. and come across a few things that I didn't know .. all from the man himself.. good read

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fantastic

thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book was very interesting hearing all about Dave Stewart music career I have been into eurythmics and Annie Lennox solo music for a long time and thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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What a fascinating life!

Dave Stewart may have lived one of the most blessed existences ever, which a lot of hard work and a good fistful of luck. He narrates this life in great detail that sometimes sways dangerously close to boasting which is why it falls short of 5 stars but it is damn close to it.

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The best audiobook yet

This audiobook blew my mind I have no idea how I missed dave Stewart I am 51 and lived through his music most of it I didn't even know he had done ! I love biographies so feel qualified to say this one really stands out and has amazed and entertained me I'm actually sad I finished it ! What an amazing man and honest humble and frank well done dave your living the dream and it's a sweet one

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WOW..What a musician and Songwriter

Just an amazing man, gifted and just am all round nice bloke..!! All my eurythmic albums just got played again and purchased more Dave Stewart gems.!!

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Great listen....

great listen,thoroughly enjoyed it! !,fascinating insight in to Daves life and career, well worth a listen.

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Fantastic loved every minute :-)

Loved every minute, Facinating, Magical, Musical, Trippy, Positive, Embracing an all round fell good read.

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What A Life

I have been a huge fan of Dave Stewart since I won a venal 7" single of Never Gonna Cry Again back in the 70's. His solo work has inspired and amused and now his autobiography has provided the insight I needed to appreciate his genius even more. He tells his story with candour and humility, which keeps him from sounding like he's name dropping the rich and famous he has rubbed shoulders with in an attempt to impress. He has had a remarkable life and he has not been afraid to live it. Loved this book and even if you're not a fan and only know him from his Eurythmics work you should listen and learn and open up a whole new world of inspirational music. Loved it!

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  • Bobo
  • 03-04-16

Dave WHO

Now I know who Dave Stewart is and yes I've even uploaded some of his songs what an amazing real cool dude
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and loved the songs that were actually added into the listen

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  • Robert Nunez
  • 18-03-16

More than an audiobook

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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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.

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  • Myles Gullette
  • 04-02-20

A Joyful, Deep, Meaningful Journey with Dave!

Having Dave Stewart read his memoir to me was a really great time and a journey worth repeating. his ups were joyous and his lows harrowing, and all were a riveting adventure. The music interludes were a rich bonus that brought a lot to the listen. I learned more than I ever thought I would about Dave and it was all fantastic!

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 07-07-19

Who's who of Rock and roll

I enjoyed the first person narration by Dave Stewart the story for fun, interesting an incredible. it is amazing when you find out who Dave has work with. And all to hit songs he has been involved with. from Tom Petty to the Traveling Wilburys, Stevie Nicks The Eurythmics and many many more. I love the section about Mick Jagger. if you're interested in 80's and 90's rock and roll, this is the biography for you. the musical interludes are also very good in this selection.

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  • M. Killingbeck
  • 07-04-19

Captivating and Inspirational

I loved that Dave read his own book and included music. I am very inspired by his life. It is a life easy to romanticize, trials and all.

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  • TC
  • 25-07-18

very cool!

what a great listen. it truly is a sweet dream. always great when the auther reads

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  • Steven G.
  • 02-11-16

OK

Story was interesting, but after a while it became too self glorified. I wish it was told and written in 3rd person to avoid being repetitive.

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  • Simon
  • 05-09-16

Excellent listen

Loved this audiobook. Full of great rock n roll stories and narration by Dave is very easy to listen to. Would recommend highly.

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  • Janet
  • 04-03-16

Was very surprised at Dave's incredible stories!

Amazing life and connections and talents. I wish I was better at loving life!

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  • Paul
  • 18-02-16

Too sweet?

An interesting read overall which details the vast body of work and collaboration over the decades. I do feel however that in comparison to the best and recent bios it falls a little short. Dave is an amazing man, musician and mad genius but there wasn't any real ying to the yang.

Nice read.