As a child, Biddu dreamt of going west and making it big as a composer. At the age of sixteen, he formed a band and started playing in a cafe in Bangalore, his home town, At eighteen, he was part of a popular act at Trinca's, a nightclub in Calcutta devoted to food, wine and music, At nineteen, he had college students in Bombay dancing to his music.
In his early twenties, he left the country and ended up hitchhiking across the Middle East before arriving in London with only the clothes on his back and his trusty guitar. What followed were years of hardship and struggle but also great music and gathering fame. From the nine million selling "Kung Fu Fighting" to the iconic youth anthem of "Made in India" and the numerous hits in between. Biddu's music made him a household name in India and elsewhere.
In this first public account of all that came his way: the people, the events,the music tours and companies Biddu writes with a gripping sense of humor about his remarkable journey with its fairy tale ending. Charming, witty, and entirely likable, Biddu is a man you are going to enjoy getting to know.
About The Author
Biddu was born in India, where he started his career playing in a pop band whose influences lay in the classic repertoire of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Following his early success, he decided to hear West and move into the international music arena. He struck gold, signing the unknown Carl Douglas and producing "Kung Fu Fighting?" which went on to become a hit all over the world. He also wrote and produced hits for Tina Charles and soul legend Jimmy James.
Around this time, Biddu became involved in Indian music: he composed the cult "AapJaise Koi" for the film Qurbani which set a new landmark for sales in India He followed this up with a pop album, Disco Deewane, with Nazia Hassan, which became the largest selling pop album in Asian history, and was the first Indian album to hit the charts in fourteen countries. In 1995, Biddu wrote and produced the three-million-selling album Made in India with the singer Alisha Chinai. To date, Biddu has sold over thirty-eight million records worldwide.
Made in India is an autobiography of singer, songwriter, music composer, even a writer now Biddu. His journey from being a dreamer to achiever has been portrayed in words well in his autobiography. How a boy from Bangalore with many dreams travels to different cities in India to try his luck in the music business. The author’s struggle & survival away from his mother in times when means of communication were very few is a thing to admire & respect.
Biddu’s whole artistic evolution can be read in this book, his early days in Bangalore to different cities in India to his quest to visit London via Beirut. His way of coping with unfavourable situations but still keeping his art alive is also commendable, also his love story is cute too. His love for disco & adding innovative & new things in songs is what helped him succeed & move forward.
The author’s life took a turn when he was approached by Feroz Khan for doing two songs for his movies, while he was a little hesitant but the confidence which the actor had in him won him over & he agreed to it & thanks to both of them we have some awesome songs like ‘Aap jaisa koi’ & a singer like Nazia Hassan. This is a good read for aspiring artists or anyone who dreams because it will make you realise that the path might not be simple nor straight but if you have the will you will achieve it!
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