is a 2007 autobiography
An autobiography is a book about the life of a person, written by that person.-Origin of the term:...
by Mike Oldfield
Michael Gordon Oldfield is an English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music, New Age, and more recently, dance. His music is often elaborate and complex in nature...
. It was published in May 2007 by Virgin Books
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. In May 2008 Changeling
was re-released in a paperback edition.
For the first two years all profits made by the book went to the mental health charity SANE
SANE is a mental illness charity in the UK. It provides telephone and email support services and has established a research centre. The opinion of SANE's founder and chief executive, Marjorie Wallace, is often quoted in media reports on mental health issues....
The book mainly focuses on Oldfield's life and early career, from his humble beginnings with his family, through his tough musical teenage years and finding fame and fortune with Tubular Bells
Tubular Bells is the debut record album of English musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1973. It was the first album released by Virgin Records and an early cornerstone of the company's success...
also goes into Oldfield's years suffering panic attacks and his Exegesis
Exegesis, an alternative therapy programme, operated in the United Kingdom in the later 1970s and early 1980s.Exegesis was founded by Robert D'Aubigny, a former actor, in 1976 as Infinity Training, offering "englightenment and personal transformation" through a course of paid seminars...
experience, as well as detailing the writing and recording process of his albums, focusing on his earlier work.