Tim – biografin om Avicii Tim - The Official Biography of Avicii
The intimate biography of the iconic DJ who was lost too soon.
Like a firework against the night sky, the DJ and producer Tim Bergling exploded onto the music scene. 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 Official Biography of Avicii is written by the award-winning journalist Måns Mosesson, who was given unique access to Tim’s own notes, as well as interviews with Tim’s family, friends and colleagues in the music business. The book paints an honest picture of Tim and his search in life, not shying from the difficulties that he struggled with.
“Mosesson writes well about how the fear of disappointing the audience, the stress of being very young yet responsible for the income of a steadily expanding crew, and of how the pursuit of constantly evolving all quickly combined to become a devastating mix for Avicii. /…/ Mosesson also writes candidly about how Bergling himself was involved in running his own health into the ground, he was by no means a weak-willed puppet in all of this. /…/ The book’s obvious strength lies in the depiction of the ultimate consequences of not getting help for fairly universal anguish – written on the basis of a very unique life.”
“The biography about Avicii paints an intense picture of an overwhelming life, which the author Måns Mosesson hopes will help young people who are struggling. /…/ Mosesson tells us about the people around Avicii, the choices he made and the ones he didn’t, his strengths – but perhaps more importantly, his weaknesses. The more I read, the more I realize that the story about Avicii isn’t the classic story about fame and addiction. On the contrary, I get to know a vulnerable, complex, and impatiently seeking human being, who simply lived too fast and too intense. I have a hard time seeing anyone not feeling the tears pressing on once the final sentence is read. The parents’ shock, loss and grief are portrayed with sensitivity and depth. ‘Yet the voice repeated the same thing again, saying words that should not exist.’ This reinforces the purpose of the book: namely to contribute to the conversation about mental health and suicide. I hope it will. In any case, I am left with a truth that flashes at me in neon letters: If you are constantly looking for a ‘quick fix’ for pain, be it physical, mental, or spiritual, then the crisis will eventually occur in one form or another. So, whether you are a fan of the artist Avicii or not, there will likely be something regardless to take with you from his biography. Tim Bergling can teach you something valuable about yourself.”
“Måns Mosesson’s biography Tim is at its best when the world around Avicii becomes disenchanted. /…/ Tim is sometimes just as bold as its main character’s music. Following Bergling’s path into pop music is goosebump-inducing. It’s a fantastic story about how limitless and exuberant that world can be. /…/ In the book we get so close to [Tim] that you only sense the contours of everything that pushed him over the edge. That is how a good biography works. It is the personal and the intimate that sticks.”
“Thanks to extensive research, with hours of interviews, text messages, emails and notes, Måns Mosesson manages to paint a portrait of a seeking and fragile young man so vividly that it almost feels like you are inside the main character’s own mind. It’s impressively detailed. And it’s nice that Tim’s own language is given room, in dialogues or small things like his childhood friends being called ‘the bros’ throughout the book. But it is also a solid piece of music journalism because in parallel with Tim’s life, the story about the EDM wave, of how the house music took over the charts and how the DJ suddenly became the new rockstar is depicted. The knot in one’s stomach really tightens when the trip to Oman is brought up and you know what is coming. But Mosesson is careful not to go into details around the suicide itself and it never gets sensationalistic. It’s a worthy portrayal of the artist Avicii, but most of all of the person Tim.”
“Tim Bergling was an involuntary entertainer. One of his happiest moments was when he announced to his fans that he would stop touring. That was in 2016. Already then, he knew what he needed. But it is not always enough to remove what is wrong. The dark void inside can remain and that was what finally overpowered Tim Bergling. His death became a wake-up call for many young men in the business who up until then hadn’t allowed themselves to struggle. Måns Mosesson’s book is a heavy reminder of that. But it’s also a worthy biography of a dedicated musician who was snatched away far too soon and a fantastic fairytale about how a pimply boy with poor self-esteem as by a flick of a magic wand, became the biggest, best and most beautiful in the world.”
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Finland, Johnny Kniga
France, Michel Lafon
Germany, Droemer Knaur
Sweden, Albert Bonniers
UK, Little, Brown