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The intimate biography of the iconic DJ who was lost too soon. Tim Bergling was a musical visionary who, through his sense for melodies, came to define the era when Swedish and European house music took over the world. But Tim Bergling was also an introverted and fragile young man who was forced to grow up at an inhumanly fast pace. After a series of emergencies resulting in The intimate biography of the iconic DJ who was lost too soon. Tim Bergling was a musical visionary who, through his sense for melodies, came to define the era when Swedish and European house music took over the world. But Tim Bergling was also an introverted and fragile young man who was forced to grow up at an inhumanly fast pace. After a series of emergencies resulting in hospital stays, he stopped touring in the summer of 2016. Barely two years later, he took his own life. Tim - The Biography of Avicii is written by the award-winning journalist Måns Mosesson, who through interviews with Tim's family, friends and colleagues in the music business, has intimately gotten to know the star producer. The book paints an honest picture of Tim and his search in life, not shying from the difficulties that he struggled with.


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The intimate biography of the iconic DJ who was lost too soon. Tim Bergling was a musical visionary who, through his sense for melodies, came to define the era when Swedish and European house music took over the world. But Tim Bergling was also an introverted and fragile young man who was forced to grow up at an inhumanly fast pace. After a series of emergencies resulting in The intimate biography of the iconic DJ who was lost too soon. Tim Bergling was a musical visionary who, through his sense for melodies, came to define the era when Swedish and European house music took over the world. But Tim Bergling was also an introverted and fragile young man who was forced to grow up at an inhumanly fast pace. After a series of emergencies resulting in hospital stays, he stopped touring in the summer of 2016. Barely two years later, he took his own life. Tim - The Biography of Avicii is written by the award-winning journalist Måns Mosesson, who through interviews with Tim's family, friends and colleagues in the music business, has intimately gotten to know the star producer. The book paints an honest picture of Tim and his search in life, not shying from the difficulties that he struggled with.

30 review for Tim— The Official Biography of Avicii

  1. 4 out of 5

    Max Berendsen

    Normally speaking I'm not someone who reads biographies on (contemporary) celebrities, but I gladly made an exception for the man whose music has occupied a special place in my heart since my early highschool years. I still remember the day, three-and-a-half-years ago, when a friend told me the news of Avicii's death. Heartbroken, I slowly came to realize that the "voice" of the music which had gotten me through some tough times and always brought a smile to my face, was gone forever. I was so f Normally speaking I'm not someone who reads biographies on (contemporary) celebrities, but I gladly made an exception for the man whose music has occupied a special place in my heart since my early highschool years. I still remember the day, three-and-a-half-years ago, when a friend told me the news of Avicii's death. Heartbroken, I slowly came to realize that the "voice" of the music which had gotten me through some tough times and always brought a smile to my face, was gone forever. I was so full of questions: "Why did he do it?" "What was going through him?" Etc. This biography answers those burning questions and provides an unprecedented look into the private life and mental/physical struggles of the (perhaps) most influential musician of the 2010's. Tim Bergling (Avicii) was in a lot of ways a tragic figure who, despite his celebrity status and enormous musical talent, was really representative for many members of his generation. Tim had many mental problems and anxieties which were in large part created by the society in which he grew up and (tragically) accelerated during his rise to fame. The struggle with his mental problems drove him into the arms of alcohol and opiates which locked him into a vicious cycle. Perhaps the most tragic part of Tim's life was that his suicide came at a truly unexpected moment, during a time in which he showed real improvements in his mental and physical health. He also devoted more time to his interests outside of music and was planning to start a family. It was a time in which he slowly stopped being Avicii and became Tim. None of us could imagine what kind of existential identity crisis this must have unleashed within him. This highlights the underlying theme of the book. Despite the focus being on Tim's life story and celebrating his life, addiction, mental health issues and suicide also feature prominently in the book. Therein it serves the much needed purpose of removing the taboo of speaking about these issues. On that note I would like to end this review by reminding you all that it's completely okay to struggle with your thoughts, feeling down from time to time, talking to someone about possible mental problems, etc. Remember to give yourself the love you deserve and to keep an eye out for people in your surroundings who might be going through hard times.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

    This book touched me. I've loved Avicci for a long time so it was almost therapeutic to read this book, his death touched me deeply even if I didn't know him, and after reading this book it finally felt like getting closure on his death, or at least as much closure you can get on someone's passing. It gives an honest and factual view on things, based on factual events and not speculation. You get a sense of who Tim was, and how he made his music and the issues he struggled with mentally. I thoug This book touched me. I've loved Avicci for a long time so it was almost therapeutic to read this book, his death touched me deeply even if I didn't know him, and after reading this book it finally felt like getting closure on his death, or at least as much closure you can get on someone's passing. It gives an honest and factual view on things, based on factual events and not speculation. You get a sense of who Tim was, and how he made his music and the issues he struggled with mentally. I though I knew Tim from the material online, but this give a more nuanced picture of him as a person and as an artist. I think he would approve this book himself, it's a well worked trough material that has been given a fair amount of work and revisions. Thank you for writing this book. I'm sure others will find consolation in reading it. ◢ ◤

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michae

    This book was one of my most anticipated books of this year. Besides a few artists outside the genre, I only listen to edm & have since middle school. Avicii was one of the first artists I found in the dance community & he quickly became a favorite of mine. I always dreamed of seeing him at Ultra Music Festival in Miami & was so sad when he announced he wasn’t going to be touring anymore. And when he died two years after that, I remember feeling like it was a personal loss, like I know so many o This book was one of my most anticipated books of this year. Besides a few artists outside the genre, I only listen to edm & have since middle school. Avicii was one of the first artists I found in the dance community & he quickly became a favorite of mine. I always dreamed of seeing him at Ultra Music Festival in Miami & was so sad when he announced he wasn’t going to be touring anymore. And when he died two years after that, I remember feeling like it was a personal loss, like I know so many other fans felt too. This book was beautifully done & didn’t shy away from the ugly parts of Tim’s life. It was, from what I can tell from an outsiders perspective, a very honest, upfront look into his life growing up, his start making music, the highs and lows of his success, and the personal struggles he dealt with along the way. Avicii was a legend that transcended dance music & took the genre places it had never been. Dance music and raves have always been such a light in my life and I have so many amazing memories from them & it really is a rush like no other to me. But this book reminded me once again that everyone is human, and even artists that have thousands of people screaming their names and in the palm of their hand could be struggling. This book felt like a trip down memory lane at times, and was extremely painful to read at others. I’m so happy to have read it and gotten to know Tim a little bit better.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    Translated to English so a few gramatical issues are expected. Painted a good picture of what the Swedish take over of “EDM” looked like, from about 2010-2016. Tim’s life was a lot more than some great music and shows. This book really dives into what made the man tick. Going into it I wanted to know what happened in the final days of his life, that doesn’t get answered, but we do get a sense that we will never know. Tim was a complicated human (we all are) and we can all make our own conclusion Translated to English so a few gramatical issues are expected. Painted a good picture of what the Swedish take over of “EDM” looked like, from about 2010-2016. Tim’s life was a lot more than some great music and shows. This book really dives into what made the man tick. Going into it I wanted to know what happened in the final days of his life, that doesn’t get answered, but we do get a sense that we will never know. Tim was a complicated human (we all are) and we can all make our own conclusions as to why he left us. This book does its best to not steer us in any direction other than what the facts present to us.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Edriessen

    I think this was a very good read for me. Let me explain why. First, I’m an Avicii fan. I like his music, especially since his groundbreaking Wake Me Up. But besides watching True Stories, I have not invested any time in learning more about Tim’s personal life. So there was a lot of new stuff in here for me. Besides that, the period in which his influence grew, was also a period that I started enjoying electronic music more and more. So a lot of names and periodic notes resonated with me. I’m not I think this was a very good read for me. Let me explain why. First, I’m an Avicii fan. I like his music, especially since his groundbreaking Wake Me Up. But besides watching True Stories, I have not invested any time in learning more about Tim’s personal life. So there was a lot of new stuff in here for me. Besides that, the period in which his influence grew, was also a period that I started enjoying electronic music more and more. So a lot of names and periodic notes resonated with me. I’m not a HUGE edm fan, but someone who can get casually enthusiastic about a song quite quickly. Playing it on repeat a little too often. So why 5 stars? This book is a perfect fit for the Avicii fan that I am. I learned a few new things about his life. And in some ways I recognise myself in the way he approached projects.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andy Lutz

    Despite being a huge EDM (and music in general) fan, I unfortunately never managed to see Avicii perform live. But reading this incredibly thorough biography by Måns Mosesson gives the reader so many insights as to what made Tim's life so special, albeit challenging. Despite some imperfections in the writing due to the "lost in translation" (from Swedish to English) effect, I still feel like the author's tireless research and interviews with many of those close to Tim help really pull the reader Despite being a huge EDM (and music in general) fan, I unfortunately never managed to see Avicii perform live. But reading this incredibly thorough biography by Måns Mosesson gives the reader so many insights as to what made Tim's life so special, albeit challenging. Despite some imperfections in the writing due to the "lost in translation" (from Swedish to English) effect, I still feel like the author's tireless research and interviews with many of those close to Tim help really pull the reader fully into the life and circumstances of Tim Bergling. The biography is a super comprehensive look into the life of an oft-troubled introvert from Stockholm who tapped into a special reservoir of talent at EXACTLY the right moment in the annals of musical history, and whose life exploded into supernova status faster than most of us could process even the smallest of changes. As a reader, you will learn a lot of fascinating facts and anecdotes from Tim's childhood, to his exploratory teenage years, to Laidback Luke taking him under his wing (and later on inviting LL to be the opening act for HIM, wow had the tables turned quickly), to opioid addiction and overall dependencies, to the musical genius that made Avicii into one of the world's biggest stars, whether he wanted it or not. Highly encourage everyone to take a dive in, if for no other reason than to have a heightened awareness of mental health issues and how even the brightest of lights can be dim when they need light the most.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brian Sachetta

    I was a huge fan of Avicii’s / Bergling’s from 2011 onward. My friends and I saw him in concert countless times and often planned trips just to be able to catch another show. Each performance was incredible and mind-blowing — easily my best memories in the EDM scene. Even though I was merely a fan of his, Bergling’s death still shook me quite well; I’ve struggled, sporadically, with some of the same issues he faced, which made the tragedy hit all too close to home. I watched and enjoyed “Avicii: T I was a huge fan of Avicii’s / Bergling’s from 2011 onward. My friends and I saw him in concert countless times and often planned trips just to be able to catch another show. Each performance was incredible and mind-blowing — easily my best memories in the EDM scene. Even though I was merely a fan of his, Bergling’s death still shook me quite well; I’ve struggled, sporadically, with some of the same issues he faced, which made the tragedy hit all too close to home. I watched and enjoyed “Avicii: True Stories” when it first came out but also felt like it was missing some necessary details. Of course, there’s only so much you can include in a two-hour documentary, but, still — I was hungry for more. Fast forward to today and we have this book, “Tim.” Oh, man, where to begin? It’s got a little bit of everything, including some closure. For fans, it recounts Bergling’s entire rise to stardom — not just the years after which he’d already reached the top. For the curious, it provides more details around his addictions and medical crises. And for the mental-health-focused, it delivers a powerful (albeit sad and emotional) message about helping others with anxiety and depression. It goes without saying that no book can ever truly bring a loved one back or cure all wounds, but this one certainly comes close. It’s a warm and familiar trip down memory lane at times and a harrowing recollection at others. Fans will love it for the musical tales and effective writing, while mental health advocates will respect it for its pulling back of the curtain. Thanks to the Bergling family and the author for putting this one out there. The world is a better place for it, and I am very grateful, too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Ingebrigtsen

    The author has done an amazing job of finding and sorting all this information into a well-written story about Tim's life, as well as mental health. I have listened to the songs mentioned, watched concerts on youtube and browsed Avicii's instagram and facebook while reading, which enhanced the feeling of being back in that time. This book was really touching, especially since Avicii was the soundtrack to the last decade and so many of his songs sparks old memories. Listening to his songes while r The author has done an amazing job of finding and sorting all this information into a well-written story about Tim's life, as well as mental health. I have listened to the songs mentioned, watched concerts on youtube and browsed Avicii's instagram and facebook while reading, which enhanced the feeling of being back in that time. This book was really touching, especially since Avicii was the soundtrack to the last decade and so many of his songs sparks old memories. Listening to his songes while reading this book made me really miss his music. He was simply an amazing artist, and always will be. The book also gives insight into who Tim was as a person, beyond the artist. I hope he found peace and rest at last.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bene Vogt

    While this succeeded in giving me a feeling for a music style I don’t much care about, this is probably the worst offender I’ve met in the field of mind reading journalism, where the author goes die an all-knowing novelistic style and I’m sorry, the author can not have acquired the amount of information that’s presented as fact here, not only but especially seeing as the subject of this biography is dead. Also, if you’re going to write this much about addiction and drugs, do your fucking researc While this succeeded in giving me a feeling for a music style I don’t much care about, this is probably the worst offender I’ve met in the field of mind reading journalism, where the author goes die an all-knowing novelistic style and I’m sorry, the author can not have acquired the amount of information that’s presented as fact here, not only but especially seeing as the subject of this biography is dead. Also, if you’re going to write this much about addiction and drugs, do your fucking research, there’s an insane amount of entirely wrong info here (I. E. fentanyl is not illegally produced). This is definitely meant well and if it helps fans of Avici that are struggling with depression or substance addiction to get help, great, but it drove me crazy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dervela

    Learned a lot more about the musician from this biography. Enjoyed hearing about his upbringing and early career, and how he struggled with mental illness throughout his life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Isa L

    no. words. just. tears.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Norbert Deli

    It was a touching story about a young guy behind the star! It's a shame how the environment, the money, the popularity, and an individual's blindness can ruin a unique talent! He's made a huge impact in the music industry, what could he has done by now if things happened differently... It was a touching story about a young guy behind the star! It's a shame how the environment, the money, the popularity, and an individual's blindness can ruin a unique talent! He's made a huge impact in the music industry, what could he has done by now if things happened differently...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I couldn't put this book down, what a life lived. An inspiring young man who truly went for everything he believed and made it happen. RIP Tim. I couldn't put this book down, what a life lived. An inspiring young man who truly went for everything he believed and made it happen. RIP Tim.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Troy Dukart

    Super sad to see a young man’s life extinguished way before his time. This book is for any fan of Avicii. What an incredible life this guy lived in such a short time. TIM delves deep into who Tim Bergling aka Avicii was and how he changed the EDM world forever. I was never a super fan of Avicii, but one couldn’t deny the smash hits he had put out. “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up” were world breakers. This guy was a superstar at his craft. Unfortunately, you see what the life of an entertainer can do t Super sad to see a young man’s life extinguished way before his time. This book is for any fan of Avicii. What an incredible life this guy lived in such a short time. TIM delves deep into who Tim Bergling aka Avicii was and how he changed the EDM world forever. I was never a super fan of Avicii, but one couldn’t deny the smash hits he had put out. “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up” were world breakers. This guy was a superstar at his craft. Unfortunately, you see what the life of an entertainer can do to a person in this personal and deeply moving autobiography. He was a drug addict very early on in his life, even before his meteoric rise to superstardom. I’ve been through a few suicides and they always cut extremely deep when it comes to someone you care about or look up to. Tim was searching for something to save his soul- money, fame, drugs, meditation- nothing did. This is why I am such a firm believer in Christ and the healing power that comes from faith in Him. Nothing can feed your soul the way the gospel can; I wish Tim could have found Christ so he wouldn’t have made that decision to end his life. Rest In Peace Tim, and may God have mercy on your eternal soul. We were blessed to live on earth with you and will always treasure what you left behind in your music and legacy.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Boehner

    Judging from my perspective of not being famous and owing to my personality of taking pride in not being taken too seriously but maintaining the firm position of wanting to taking things seriously, the first few pages make me think that he was a pretty humble person. What I’m looking forward to finding out finishing this piece of work, is an explanation of how this career manifested which seems to not be easy to grasp. What makes it interesting to me is how he evolved his gift of being a musicia Judging from my perspective of not being famous and owing to my personality of taking pride in not being taken too seriously but maintaining the firm position of wanting to taking things seriously, the first few pages make me think that he was a pretty humble person. What I’m looking forward to finding out finishing this piece of work, is an explanation of how this career manifested which seems to not be easy to grasp. What makes it interesting to me is how he evolved his gift of being a musician mostly but also a self-writing poet and his will to build a global career in music. What sets him apart from other people in music and how he managed to shun the most private parts of his life from media coverage. He builds on the topics and fillers you forget which is the quintessential part of any life as mentioned before. It’s about work ethics in terms of borderlining what’s important without working 24/7 on subject with no physical grasp, meaning being on the same page and with that there’s a sense of blame towards what has been harmed. It’s about a dream big enough for multiple people to share and worthy of intellectual deconstruction. Zooming deeper it comes to be about a mind, not exclusively occupied with banal subjects as of details that are too common and still valuing the details. It’s about assuming the role of global chess player without losing love which from the remembrance and hopefully being present in your life as you lead it, plays that important part that can’t be denied and letting people know about it. Summarizing the book into one sentence, I think it adds to the albums showing brief moments of either happiness or other importance that the chapters explain on because they later came to be important. One of the poets I’ve personally come to compare him to were e. e. cummings due to his ability of paying a compliment without being too direct or blunt, he’s mastered the ability to circumvent the off-putting bluntness that naturally comes with poetry. What he forgets is that poetry doesn’t need to seek flattery which is what I think. It’s poetry that can stand on its own, but you can read it if you want to.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mari

    Reading this biography was quite a tough ride at times and writing a decent enough review feels impossible after just finishing it. It really was a powerful well-written story about the dark side of fame and mental health. The book revealed Tim’s journey from adorably nerdish childhood in Sweden to great success all over the world which was supposed to be a big dream coming true, but ended up leading to drug & alcohol abuse, burnout, nearly lethal medical issues and serious mental illness that wa Reading this biography was quite a tough ride at times and writing a decent enough review feels impossible after just finishing it. It really was a powerful well-written story about the dark side of fame and mental health. The book revealed Tim’s journey from adorably nerdish childhood in Sweden to great success all over the world which was supposed to be a big dream coming true, but ended up leading to drug & alcohol abuse, burnout, nearly lethal medical issues and serious mental illness that was just too big of a problem to overcome. It felt frustrating to read and learn about all those things going wrong. A sad example about what can happen when you don't know when enough is enough. I always admired (and will continue to doing so) Avicii's way of making music (I really enjoyed reading how he composed some of his songs). It was truly unique and filled with true meaning and emotion even though it's easy to think EDM is just some light meaningless music for parties, exercise, sporting events and such. He never sounded like one of those DJs or other musicians who make music just to get rich and famous - as easily as possible without even trying to be something respectable. I've never felt Tim's music was that light at all. His lyrics often tell such a different story that is well hidden underneath that upbeat first impression. You just need to listen closely. It feels extremely unfair that Tim couldn't win his demons before it was too late even though he tried so hard. Such a waste of a great talent and especially his life which of course was the most important thing. Tim surely left behind a great collection of songs that doesn't seem to age at all and made sure his story will never be forgotten. I just wish he was still here.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Martyna_and_books

    I cannot stress enough how much Avicii's music means to me. His songs helped me overcome difficulties, helped me go through some dark moments, helped me relax and unwind. There are songs that I love to dance to when I am happy and could not feel better...🎶🎶 I still remember when my friend texted me with the sad news that Tim has died. I had never cried when a famous person had passed away - I did this time... And until now I feel sorrow deep inside when I think about it. It wasn't easy to read th I cannot stress enough how much Avicii's music means to me. His songs helped me overcome difficulties, helped me go through some dark moments, helped me relax and unwind. There are songs that I love to dance to when I am happy and could not feel better...🎶🎶 I still remember when my friend texted me with the sad news that Tim has died. I had never cried when a famous person had passed away - I did this time... And until now I feel sorrow deep inside when I think about it. It wasn't easy to read this book.. I felt very distressed all the way through it... Especially the last 50 pages... I don't think I can write about this biography in a category of a good book or a bad book, cause it is not only a story about one of the greatest DJ's life and his music career. It is a story about how addiction, mental illnesses sneak into oneself life and slowly, almost unnoticeable, take over all the feelings, thoughts and emotions... How destructive it can be... Very intimate, touching biography...🥺 "I don't want to be seen in this shape I'm in I don't want you to see how depressed I've been, yeah You were never the high one, never wanted to die young I don't want you to see all the scars within" "Freak" by Avicii

  18. 5 out of 5

    Iina

    I remember when I was lucky enough to see Avicii live just after the release of his True album. Didn’t realize then what was happening behind the DJ booth and the struggles Tim had. The book was rather easy read (read it translated to Finnish), however I’m not certain if it fulfilled my expectations. Generally speaking when I read biographies, I expect to know the subject better after reading. To a certain degree it’s true, however I feel like the book kept Tim and his personality introduced ver I remember when I was lucky enough to see Avicii live just after the release of his True album. Didn’t realize then what was happening behind the DJ booth and the struggles Tim had. The book was rather easy read (read it translated to Finnish), however I’m not certain if it fulfilled my expectations. Generally speaking when I read biographies, I expect to know the subject better after reading. To a certain degree it’s true, however I feel like the book kept Tim and his personality introduced very briefly. The book is almost like a continuum for his Netflix documentary explaining why did he take his own life and what were the event leading to this most unfortunate ending of the talented DJ. If you’re a fan of Avicii of have any interest on Tim’s life, I would recommend reading the book but for someone who is not familiar with his music, career or life I don’t think the book unfortunately gives too much good insights/new thoughts other than the long built events that lead to tragedy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hugo

    Tim is a solid biography, and sheds a light on the confrontation between Avicii and Tim Berling that eventually lead to the end of both characters. Mans Mosesson spent 2 years doing interviews, visiting the villas Tim rented in Ibiza and all the places he went on vacation in order to rebuild his entire life, mainly as the world renowned House DJ Avicii. I found it amazing to learn how Tim composed - he visualized the notes before composing the song, almost like Mozart. The biography, naturally an Tim is a solid biography, and sheds a light on the confrontation between Avicii and Tim Berling that eventually lead to the end of both characters. Mans Mosesson spent 2 years doing interviews, visiting the villas Tim rented in Ibiza and all the places he went on vacation in order to rebuild his entire life, mainly as the world renowned House DJ Avicii. I found it amazing to learn how Tim composed - he visualized the notes before composing the song, almost like Mozart. The biography, naturally and as expected, takes a dark turn from the midpoint onwards. You get to learn about Tim descent into a drug fueled endless tour life and how that, eventually, addiction ignited all the obsessive behaviors that eventually lead to Tim Berling's suicide. Even if you are not that into house music, this is a pretty solid piece of non-fiction, one that will make you think about opioid abuse, the duality between the artist and the art, the dance music scene and much more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ted

    An incredible insight into one of dance and pop music’s greatest artists. This section from page 370 encapsulates my feelings while reading this book and from listening to Avicii while reading: “And Avicii’s songs continued to be played - at festivals and celebrations and in the headphones of people who drew energy from the blissful Melodie’s and hopeful lyrics. The letters to his family had continued to pile up, written by young people who described the importance that Tim’s music had in their li An incredible insight into one of dance and pop music’s greatest artists. This section from page 370 encapsulates my feelings while reading this book and from listening to Avicii while reading: “And Avicii’s songs continued to be played - at festivals and celebrations and in the headphones of people who drew energy from the blissful Melodie’s and hopeful lyrics. The letters to his family had continued to pile up, written by young people who described the importance that Tim’s music had in their lives, the strength that his songs gave them: the courage to do a job interview, the hype before a workout session, the energy to get through a tough day at school. His beats brightened up weddings and funerals, were played at parties and in mourning. So many that had gone through similar problems to Tim’s, or were in the middle of them, and pressed play to fight on.” RIP Avicii

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dani Kass

    i've always been intrigued by the fact that i like avicii's music, when i generally do not like electronic music, and figured this would be a good way to learn more. and it did! it was really cool to learn about his influences, and what was going on within the music to make it different and make the genre grow. the book is incredibly comprehensive, perhaps a bit too long and with a creepy amount of access, but you get a full life story with music history and mental health sprinkled in. at times, i've always been intrigued by the fact that i like avicii's music, when i generally do not like electronic music, and figured this would be a good way to learn more. and it did! it was really cool to learn about his influences, and what was going on within the music to make it different and make the genre grow. the book is incredibly comprehensive, perhaps a bit too long and with a creepy amount of access, but you get a full life story with music history and mental health sprinkled in. at times, the amount of basic detail it went into about really basic philosophy/psychology was eye-rolling (or maybe that was just how the narrator talked) but i suppose if it was ~life changing to tim it makes sense to describe it as revelatory. anyway, would recommend listening to this one but probably only once. and without your full attention. 3.5/5

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristof Stevens

    I always have been a huge fan of Avicii, he shaped the music we are listening to now, and remains a great artist and inspirationto this day, I still remember one my first festivals where they played levels and where I heard it for the first time. It's unbelievable really what music can do to people. I really enjoyed the book, it's far from perfect and in my opinion it goes on a little to long but on the other hand I think it describes it wonderfully well how he lived and how he felt during his ca I always have been a huge fan of Avicii, he shaped the music we are listening to now, and remains a great artist and inspirationto this day, I still remember one my first festivals where they played levels and where I heard it for the first time. It's unbelievable really what music can do to people. I really enjoyed the book, it's far from perfect and in my opinion it goes on a little to long but on the other hand I think it describes it wonderfully well how he lived and how he felt during his career. How he felt and what pushed him over the edge the last couple of weeks/days, we will never know, we can only hope his legacy and inspiration will remain for the countless years to come. Let's also hope this book and his life in general will inspire people to do and achieve great things and help the people who feel the same way as he did Rest in peace, Tim

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara | Doorasbookshelf

    This book tugged at my heartstrings. I still remember the day I found out Tim died. It was the first time I cried over a celebrities death. I played his music that whole evening, and to this day his music has a dear space in my heart. This biography tells the story of a young Swedish boy from being unknown, to being famous. His struggles with addiction. How hard it is for mental health to be in that world, and mental health in general. Ending this review with saying it's okay to get help, it's ok This book tugged at my heartstrings. I still remember the day I found out Tim died. It was the first time I cried over a celebrities death. I played his music that whole evening, and to this day his music has a dear space in my heart. This biography tells the story of a young Swedish boy from being unknown, to being famous. His struggles with addiction. How hard it is for mental health to be in that world, and mental health in general. Ending this review with saying it's okay to get help, it's okay not to be okay. Keep your eyes open on your surroundings, if you might suspect someone might be going through tough times. Thank you Måns Mosesson for bringing his struggles to the light and thank you Tim, for your fantastic music. Rest in peace.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Simon Semelin

    Mosesson has a real colorful language in writing. It gives the sense of being in the room with Tim in the situations. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious, but more often a positive understanding of what and why. The mental health issue is probably the big thing we need to tackle in the world as we will be physically healthier and able to treat with medicine. Maybe the covid years is the break that many of our artists needed in order to reflect upon their situation? Enjoyed stopping at the moments son Mosesson has a real colorful language in writing. It gives the sense of being in the room with Tim in the situations. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious, but more often a positive understanding of what and why. The mental health issue is probably the big thing we need to tackle in the world as we will be physically healthier and able to treat with medicine. Maybe the covid years is the break that many of our artists needed in order to reflect upon their situation? Enjoyed stopping at the moments songs were discussed and listen to them as a break point in the storyline. Overall a strong biography and it’s clear that Tim was one of the great artists just by listening to the songs as a lot of them were hits.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Louise Sibthorpe

    A truly insightful look at one of the most influential musicians of the last decade. I loved reading about how he grew up and came to stumble upon his love for making music. His struggles with finding peace, understanding, clarity and purpose in his life really resonated with me and I appreciated the way his final moments were documented respectfully. I found myself highlighting several passages that I found so deeply explained parts of myself I have struggled to put into words. The depths of Ti A truly insightful look at one of the most influential musicians of the last decade. I loved reading about how he grew up and came to stumble upon his love for making music. His struggles with finding peace, understanding, clarity and purpose in his life really resonated with me and I appreciated the way his final moments were documented respectfully. I found myself highlighting several passages that I found so deeply explained parts of myself I have struggled to put into words. The depths of Tim Bergling’s mind were clearly expansive and it’s a shame we will never get to see what may have lay ahead for him but it’s a real blessing that so many documents, notes and diary excerpts were available to us. An honest, touching and emotional read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Henrik

    Excellent book uncovering the human being behind Avicii. I grew up listening to his music but didn’t know much about his personal life before watching True Stories, which is a great documentary covering some of the topics in this book. Given that the documentary was so good, I had high expectations for the book. I was impressed to find that Mosesson was able to exceed those expectations; he does a great job opening up the inner world of Tim Bergling in a compelling way. On the other hand, unders Excellent book uncovering the human being behind Avicii. I grew up listening to his music but didn’t know much about his personal life before watching True Stories, which is a great documentary covering some of the topics in this book. Given that the documentary was so good, I had high expectations for the book. I was impressed to find that Mosesson was able to exceed those expectations; he does a great job opening up the inner world of Tim Bergling in a compelling way. On the other hand, understanding how much such a talented person was suffering from anxiety and other issues makes the book quite sad and moving.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kajsa Kalméus

    I was profoundly moved by the remarkable life story of Tim Bergling. My heart burst and melted to the floor on several occasions, the passion, intensity, and darkness were overwhelming at times. But the shimmer of love was sprinkled, it seemed, all over the 28 years of Tim's life. I truly believe that he brought meaning to so many people, and his legacy and heart will forever be pumping with us through his music. Oh, and by the way. Tremendous job by the author, who never once stole the show. Eve I was profoundly moved by the remarkable life story of Tim Bergling. My heart burst and melted to the floor on several occasions, the passion, intensity, and darkness were overwhelming at times. But the shimmer of love was sprinkled, it seemed, all over the 28 years of Tim's life. I truly believe that he brought meaning to so many people, and his legacy and heart will forever be pumping with us through his music. Oh, and by the way. Tremendous job by the author, who never once stole the show. Everything was very thoughtfully phrased, and Tim was the star in every sentence of the book. Bravo.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anne Muskin

    Not particularly well written maybe because of it being translated? But ultimately just sad. My takeaway was that Tim was an addict in every area of his life. Whether it was video games, music production, alcohol, pills or meditation he just got obsessed with things and had a hard time finding balance. His childish sense of wonder comes through though and you get this vibe of a person who was so fun to be around and light and inventive when he was in a “mode”. I liked reading about him and how h Not particularly well written maybe because of it being translated? But ultimately just sad. My takeaway was that Tim was an addict in every area of his life. Whether it was video games, music production, alcohol, pills or meditation he just got obsessed with things and had a hard time finding balance. His childish sense of wonder comes through though and you get this vibe of a person who was so fun to be around and light and inventive when he was in a “mode”. I liked reading about him and how he became who he was. Feel like he had so much more to do.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ivar Visser

    Tragic, immersive and deeply saddening. Such a sensitive, intelligent yet unstable personality who was intrigued by the meaning of life, his fears and anxieties and how to overcome them. Personally I was, ofcourse, in my teenage years when Avicii (from Buddhism translated: the lowest level of hell), thrived and his music was transcending and fraternizing at the time. A truly touching biography, honestly depicted by his family and close friends from his youth onwards to becoming a global phenomen Tragic, immersive and deeply saddening. Such a sensitive, intelligent yet unstable personality who was intrigued by the meaning of life, his fears and anxieties and how to overcome them. Personally I was, ofcourse, in my teenage years when Avicii (from Buddhism translated: the lowest level of hell), thrived and his music was transcending and fraternizing at the time. A truly touching biography, honestly depicted by his family and close friends from his youth onwards to becoming a global phenomenon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Henrik

    A nuanced look into Avicii's life, from a young boy and his journey to performing on some the biggest stages in the world. But also an intimate look at Tim, who has been struggling with anxiety throughout his life, and his search for finding peace within himself. It takes you behind the scenes of the celebrity lifestyle and shows the issues it can have on your mental health. As a long time Avicii fan this book meant a lot to me. Some parts I just wanted to reach out and hug him. Listening to the A nuanced look into Avicii's life, from a young boy and his journey to performing on some the biggest stages in the world. But also an intimate look at Tim, who has been struggling with anxiety throughout his life, and his search for finding peace within himself. It takes you behind the scenes of the celebrity lifestyle and shows the issues it can have on your mental health. As a long time Avicii fan this book meant a lot to me. Some parts I just wanted to reach out and hug him. Listening to the songs between reading brought back many good memories. His music will live on forever.

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