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The Bee Gees & the Book Of Life


This is a thing. A thing that once existed, on our planet.

It was found inside a vinyl copy of the Bee Gees Greatest Hits, purchased by my son Matthew, who is a vinylhead, and who has the most eclectic musical tastes of anyone I know. He listens to Kraftwerk, then he’ll put on Marty Robbins. That’s how he rolls. I am pretty sure he likes the Bee Gees unironically. I don’t know how anyone who also likes REM and the Clash can like the Bee Gees, but he’s catholic that way.

Anyway, take a look at that flyer above. Contemplate it. Here is a close-up of the cover of one of the most exciting books ever printed. About three toothsome falsetto-barking dogs:


I was 10 years old when the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack was released. It’s a wonder my phonograph needle didn’t dig through the vinyl, so many times did I play those records. In 1979, the same year this book was published, the Bee Gees released a simpering song called “Too Much Heaven.”  <— If you click on that link, it will bring up the video, and you will never be able to un-hear that song. When I was 12 years old, I played the 45 of that song every night at bedtime, thinking it one of the most beautiful things ever recorded. “I’ll listen to it every night at bedtime for the rest of my life,” I thought.

That lasted for about three weeks. Obviously, I needed lots of deprogramming.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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