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Win ONE of FOUR copies of ‘The making of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells’!

Win ONE of FOUR copies of ‘The making of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells’ by Richard Newman.

This book contains an important interview given to the author, Richard Newman in 1993, by Mike Oldfield, Simon Heyworth and Tom Newman.  It was the first time the three people that created “Tubular Bells’ got together in the same time frame, to talk to an independent journalist about the making of the album.

The book begins with a prologue, where Richard Newman sets the scene and describes the music industry of the time.

The interview is enlightening and intriguing. It tells of Tom Newman’s ingenuity. With the help and support of Simon Heyworth, they developed The Manor for Richard Branson as the first residential recording studio. The interview tells the truth behind the development of ‘Tubular Bells’. It was Tom and Simon that recognised Mike Oldfield’s genius and helped him complete the album, retaining the mythological essence of his sound. The interview illustrates the persistence and passion, the technical skill and the artistry. Richard Branson was not musical himself and was rarely present.  It was Tom Newman who advised Richard Branson to create the Virgin record label. The first album released on the Virgin label was Tubular Bells. Richard Branson has acknowledged its importance many times for creating the cash flow to expand the Virgin empire.

“I had completely given up hope. I had taken these tapes around to the record companies who looked at me as if I was mad. They all said that because there were no vocals, no words, no drums or anything, it was not marketable”. Mike Oldfield

“I got nothing until the mid-‘80s. When Michael renegotiated his deal with Richard (Branson) and gave me 1% from then onwards, which gives me between six and eight grand a year, which I am very grateful. Thank you, Michael, very much.” Tom Newman

“Mike had some basic ideas; he had the riff at the front of side one and the ‘caveman’ idea. He had other bits of melody, but they weren’t properly connected, and he wasn’t sure which bits would follow which.”

The album ‘Tubular Bells’ has become much more famous than Mike Oldfield himself. This book is for the fans of the album. It has never been available in bookstores before now.

‘Tubular Bells’ is one of the most best-selling records of all time and has sold more than 20 million copies.

The book is beautifully produced using tactile, uncoated paper. It is illustrated with black and white photographs by Simon Heyworth, taken at the time of the recording and atmospheric landscape photographs by Fran May to represent the mythological forces of nature and the emotional content perceived in the music.

You could win one of the four copies we have up for grabs by entering below!

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Congratulations to our winner
Terry Bryan, Carol Hodge, John Furness and Denys Holland
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Birchy123
5th Jun 2018
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I still have one of the first pressings, with the white Virgin centre label rather than the later coloured one. Also have it on CD which I play regularly.
LesleyB51
30th May 2018
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I brainwashed everyone in the family with this album. Still a main play on my list over 40 years later.
Norastreet
29th May 2018
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My husband loves this album and it is his birthday in three.weeks time.
Christine Case
27th May 2018
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Have always loved this album so would be great to win. Thank you!
tinydancer
27th May 2018
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Would love to read this as live five miles away from where Mike Oldfield wrote Tubular Bells
terrydac
26th May 2018
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My favorite album ever.
hamill60
26th May 2018
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old adage
26th May 2018
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Lovely prize,good luck all.
goldie22
25th May 2018
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Loved Tubular Bells so to read about the making of it would be really interesting good luck to all.x
AJS
25th May 2018
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Richard Branson himself sold me my copy of Tubular Bells. He was present at the opening of the first Virgin Records store outside of London in my city. I recall him saying to me, "It's very good isn't it?"
ParsleyPeg
25th May 2018
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Tubular Bells is my husband's all-time favourite album, and I would love to be able to make him a present of it!!
twickly1948
25th May 2018
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DoreenH2
25th May 2018
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It would take pride of place in our house
Pink831
25th May 2018
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tudorlace
25th May 2018
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I was given the tubular bells necklace when my husband bought the record, I wore it continually for years so would find the book fascinating.
beatlesone
25th May 2018
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What a great album and this would be a great prize to learn all about it.
old adage
25th May 2018
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What an album to win would be great. G.L.A.
irishsurfer
25th May 2018
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Good luck to us all who enter.
PollyG64
25th May 2018
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Great memories of Tubular Bells
Pommiesheila
20th May 2018
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Would be amazing to win this.
Pink831
20th May 2018
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brings back good memories
grechros
19th May 2018
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I would love to have one of these - I have the original and have been enchanted by it all these years so this would be the icing on the cake.
LadyG
19th May 2018
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I would love to win this prize so that I could give it to my brother. He has the first that Mike Oldfield did and still listen to it all the time.
JohnF48
18th May 2018
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Look forward to receiving my copy!!!!
Wonderful prize.
ArthurG2
17th May 2018
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Doyley00
17th May 2018
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I had a 3 hour journey from Whitehaven to Bishop Auckland and back every weekend to visit my fiancee. I taped the album and played it solidly for every journey from May to Sept 1973. Magic
Papusan
17th May 2018
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Bought the album on the day of issue. Loved it then love it still.well done Mr Oldfield.
JonathanP
17th May 2018
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That was the first album that I brought and played it constantly
Adg dancer
17th May 2018
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Fascinating bit of musical history.
malbee
15th May 2018
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JoyceK
15th May 2018
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I remember being amazed the first time I ever heard Tubular Bells
Siouxsie
14th May 2018
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Brings back memories
CarolineS3
14th May 2018
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Saw Mike Oldfield , Tubular bells concert at knebworth many years ago. Best concert I ever saw.
susieq5000
13th May 2018
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Wonderful wonderful music!
judelark
13th May 2018
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SilverSweden
13th May 2018
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Tubular Bells was an important album for me, I listened to it many times and discussed the meanings and instruments used. Very strong memories!
Hilsbills
13th May 2018
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Still listens to Tubular Bells every week, best album ever.
MarionL6
13th May 2018
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EllenDib
12th May 2018
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This is for my husband who is a massive fan of Tubular Bells
Denys1954
12th May 2018
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I have the original on Vinyl and on CD for in the car.
tinydancer
11th May 2018
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I would love to win this as live practically next door to where Mike Midfield lived when he was writing Tubular Bells. Would be so interesting
LGY1
11th May 2018
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Great choice of prize!
Bilbo
11th May 2018
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I bought the original vinyl version on the day it was released.
jeanniev1
11th May 2018
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I still have my precious copy of the vinyl LP.
MissW52
11th May 2018
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davegthomas2
11th May 2018
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Good luck everyone.
Heightman
11th May 2018
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Great guitarist very underrated musician
cecil
11th May 2018
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Best Album ever!! Still got mine. XX
Blackdan
11th May 2018
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Always liked Mike Oldfield
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Sounds interesting.
Gail571
11th May 2018
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Saw a programme on him and his making of this album, which I have, many years ago.
RobO1
11th May 2018
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Hope the winner is Biddy57. His son needs it more than I do.
Biddy57
11th May 2018
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My son who is 38 and autistic is obsessed with Mike Oldfield. He has all his albums. We have had to buy several CDs of Tubular Bells as he plays them so often and they get worn out.
chickenmike
11th May 2018
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Good luck everyone
szynal95
11th May 2018
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Great album some great music great prize
old adage
11th May 2018
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This would be a very interesting read.G.L.A.
irishsurfer
11th May 2018
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Gheald61
11th May 2018
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Such an iconic album by a brilliant musician. As a musician ( amateur) myself, with a mini recording studio,I would love to know how the album was made.
ElaineN
11th May 2018
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When the record came out my husband and our next door neibour used to play it at the same time and it was duelling Tubular Bells or stereo Tubular Bells. It would be nice to know the story behind it and what happened to Mike Oldfeild
beatlesone
11th May 2018
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This is a great companion to go with my album
LeahT
11th May 2018
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I listened to my vinyl Tubular Bells for years, would love to read this book.
MargaretC43
11th May 2018
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Hadn't heard about this book. Would just love it.
bignige
11th May 2018
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I grew up listening to mike oldfield
walterk
11th May 2018
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Had this album on 8 Track and vinyl so I could listen to in the car or at home whenever I fancied. Iconic album
SheilaB2
11th May 2018
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goldie22
11th May 2018
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Oh yes please what a fantastic prize takes me back good luck to all x
AndyGz
11th May 2018
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An iconic album which was a big part of my early teenage years, I love prog rock!
KateS91
10th May 2018
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Brilliant prize, would love this x
PeteS3
10th May 2018
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Have most of his LP's CD's Videos
RogerS9
10th May 2018
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Got all of is recordings,great music
FranD4
10th May 2018
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This is and always will be the Ultimate Album..... beautifully composed and arranged. A classic in all senses of the word.
FredB14
10th May 2018
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This would be a blast from the past, if I am fortunate to win one. As the saying goes, "you've got to be in it to win it".
JohnL97
10th May 2018
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Got the original vinyl and the modern cd.......brilliant !!
HappyHippie
10th May 2018
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O wow, I bought the L.P. in the seventies, I was blown away at the time as I had never heard anything like it.
Linda Keech
10th May 2018
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Brilliant, loved this, what a great prize xx
Jim105
10th May 2018
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This would compliment my Mike Oldfield collection. I have all of his albums.
SueW39
10th May 2018
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Such happy memories one of my late husbands favourite LPs ❤️
SandieH.
4th May 2018
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I thought it was great when it came out, this will be a good read.
Diane5
3rd May 2018
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It was so innovative and such a great album to listen to, still can't be beaten
KateP9
3rd May 2018
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Still have my well played LP.
goldie22
1st May 2018
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Yes please what a great prize good luck allx

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