May 14, 1979 12:00 PM

as told to David Leaf

Once they were Australian rustics. Today they are the world’s reigning pop group. In any case they deserve better than this 200-photo, 160-page act of awkward idolatry. Getting to the roots of their high, white sound, for example, ghost David Leaf explains: “Barry was ad-libbing, and he started screaming, and producer Arif Mardin said, ‘Keep that in, it’s fabulous.’ So we did. Once we learned that, all of a sudden, we were doing things in falsetto.” Not recommended except for the most devoted Bee Gees fans. (Dell, $6.95)

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