New book on Kate’s influence on contemporary music

Symphony in Blue: Kate Bush and her legacy by Marta Oliehoek-Samitowska is a book about the huge influence Kate has had on those who have followed:

All kinds of artists cite her as a source of inspiration: young and old, mainstream and underground, male and female, coming from all the corners of the world and from very different music genres. The main purpose of this book is to discuss Kate’s uniqueness and her influence on the new generation of musicians together with some of the freshest and loveliest female artists around. And to celebrate female creativity in general.

Featuring contributions from more than 60 artists, including Heather Nova, Charlotte Martin, Marissa Nadler, Melissa auf der Maur, Marijne van der Vlugt, Shara Worden, Emily Bezar, Katharine Blake, Nona Marie Invie, Terami Hirsch, Priscilla Hernandez, Tara Busch, Mary Epworth, Heather Findlay, Emma Anderson, Emma Pollock, Noe Venable, Laura Groves, Jo Hamilton, Jenny Hval, Liv Kristine, Anja Garbarek, Jesca Hoop and Kate’s cousins Beck Sian and Sarah Daly.”

The book will be published at the end of February and more information can be found here.

About Peter

My Kate CV: Kate fan since 1978. Saw Tour of Life at the London Palladium 1979. Went to first KBC Convention 1980. Founded Homeground with Dave 1982. Worked on 1985, 1990, and 1994 Kate Bush Conventions, and the 1986 Video Party with Dave, Lisa of KBC and Krys. Appeared in videos for The Big Sky and Experiment IV. Wrote Introduction, Chronology and Discography for EMI Music Publishing's 1987 "Kate Bush Complete". Wrote the sleeve note for the remastered 1998 reissue of "Hounds of Love". Invited to write sleeve notes for other reissues which never happened. My other CV: born 1955 in Bermondsey London, educated at Galleywall Primary, Walworth Comprehensive, and London School of Economics BSc(Econ)(Hon) 1976. Currently an Officer of the Crown Court determining legal costs in crminal cases. Met Krys in 1982 through Homeground, we were engaged on Glastonbury Tor on Kate's birthday in 1983, and married in November 1984.
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10 Responses to New book on Kate’s influence on contemporary music

  1. Lise Gerrard says:

    This sounds like a fascinating and insightful book. Are there any ideas where it can be purchased? Say Amazon?

    Looking forward to reading it if I can manage to be hold of a copy 🙂

  2. Mark says:

    I’ve never heard of any of those artists.

    • John says:

      What does that prove?

      I’m only really aware of two of the names on that list. Melissa Auf Der Maur was a guitarist with Hole and has two fantastic solo albums. I’m also a passing fan of Heather Nova who is nothing if not a competent songwriter. If the other names mentioned are of that caliber then their music would certainly be worthy of investigation regardless of their profile.

  3. Mark says:

    I wasn’t proving anything. Those names are not familiar to me.

  4. Andy says:

    Katharine Blake is the woman behind Miranda Sex Garden and Medieval Babes…Marissa Nadler is a fine youngish songwriter with a crystalline voice. On the whole, they do seem like relatively low profile artists, but that’s not for lack of talent.

    • Adrian says:

      I agree with your comment about Marissa Nadler and would add that Laura Groves, who released a very good album a few years back under the name Blue Roses, and Jesca Hoop, who’s released several good albums, are also worth listening to.

  5. Thank you for posting this information on your site!

    My book will be out next week.
    Right now I am waiting for all the hard copies to arrive.
    The book will be available via paypal; you can order it directly from me.
    For all the requests and questions, you can reach me at

    I would like to stress that all the interviews featured in this book have NEVER been puiblished before and have been held by me ESPECIALLY for this project!

    thank you!


  6. marta says:

    The book is out!
    Everyone who is interested, please contact me at:

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