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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Dailey Swan Publishing; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983809003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983809005
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Hudson was born in Portland Oregon, where he rose to fame as part of the Hudson Brothers act in the 70's. Once married to Goldie Hawn, he is the father of Oliver and Kate Hudson.

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Dave Smitherman lives in the Washington, DC area, and has been involved in writing and publishing for over 15 years. In addition to providing book publishing consultation and guidance, he co-authors nonfiction books with celebrities and newsworthy individuals. He has many books in the works (some credited and some not) including a cookbook, celebrity memoir, topical news event, and pop culture guide.

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Customer Reviews

He doesn't know how the kids or his ex felt, or perceived things.
Herb & Anna
I have been a Hudson Brothers fan since the 70's & knew some of what was going on but it is great to hear the full story of what all happened.
karmagirl
This book is well written, and Bill Hudson has quite a story to tell.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Winnie on May 11, 2012
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I found this book to be redundant, whiny, and poorly written. I liked the Hudson Brothers in the 70's and was looking forward to reading about them and the reasons behind Bill's and Kate's estrangement and the divorce from Goldie. I was disappointed to find that it was just a rambling and repetitive account of child custody issues. Instead of a well-rounded account of Bill's life, it was the sometimes bitter lament about divorce battles. I was also disappointed that he brought up so much detail about his and Goldie's sex life and dropped names of various movie stars he had dated. If the book was intended to aide in clearing the air and building some sort of relationship with Kate and Oliver as adults, don't think including this helped the cause any. There are two sides to every story, and I'll bet Goldie has a far different take on all this. All in all it was just tedious to get through.
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Dube on January 21, 2012
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Let me state first that I loved both Goldie and Bill growing up, before and after they had gotten together. And I didn't read this with an eye on a salacious tell all, to get the gossip. No. Having gone through a similar alienation attack within my own family, this is the story I was most interested in reading. It happens in even the best of families. In my case, it wasn't about a child, but about a parent who was ill. I could identify with Bill's journey and the absolute helplessness you feel against the bold-faced lies told about you and when you try and correct the misconceptions how it can even make matters worse once the campaign against you is underway. As seen here in some reviews on Amazon, there are some who say he is just in a pity party. I would say to them that unless they have been through it, they have no idea how demoralizing it is to have people you loved turn against you and believe the worst. And Bill has proof of the lies and wrong doing just as I had and yet people choose to believe the lies. It is simply heartbreaking.

No, this book is far more than a "poor me" tell all. It sheds the light on a very damning condition that exists which is "alienation of affection" of children or anyone. Legally, this should be addressed and we need as a society to make certain that children and parents are not poisoned against anyone or kept from love on any level.

And for those Hudson Brother's fans who are pouting about not hearing more of that story; grow up... This book is about a chapter of life which gave Bill great pain and still does. He admits his faults and is loving in his memories of the life he and Goldie had together, but he really didn't deserve the twist in this story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DeAnna D Creek on July 12, 2013
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I was excited to hear that Bill Hudson had written his autobiography and I finished reading it on my Kindle in two days. It was very interesting and I found it surprisingly informative on the subject of parental alienation. I remember reading the People magazine interview he and his then-wife Cindy Williams gave where he mentioned that he wanted to see his kids more often. It was alarming to read that Goldie Hawn kept their kids away from him to such great extents, another illustration of how celebrities use their clout to pull stunts like this without getting arrested. I was very pleased to read about how he and his brothers began in Show business, as I remember watching their variety show on Saturday mornings when I was a child. It was touching to read about his reconnection with his own father. While I empathized with his visitation battles, I was surprised to hear him admit to his own shortcomings as a father and own up to his mistakes. On the down side of this book, I was ready to give this a five star rating until I got to the final 20%, which is the point where Mr Hudson began repeatedly using the word "tragedy" to describe his estrangement from Kate and Oliver. Also the details of he and 's Hawn' s sex life was way too much information. Overall it is a great read and I highly recommend this book to anyone else who enjoyed the Hudson Brothers in their heyday.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leann Gilbreath on April 26, 2013
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I was in love with the Hudson Brothers and remember feeling great when he married Goldie Hawn. This biography seems to be his way of excusing the fact that he does not have a good relationship with his children. It isn't very exciting and he could have written in a more honest way!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Imareader on July 15, 2013
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This is a sad story. Bill Hudson became exhausted and gave up fighting for his rights to see his kids. He says this is a decision he will regret all his life. As a result he lost contact to his children. He has not been to his children's weddings or seen his four grandchildren, and they haven't met Hudson's youngest child. Hudson's divorce's effects echo in the younger generation's lives.

Hudson admits at many places in the book that he has erred and that he wasn't a perfect father. He yet appears to have been a very loving and devoted father. He tells us that his children were alienated from him, and it certainly sounds they were. Hudson writes on the last page that he alienated himseld from his children. I guess he refers to his decision to give up fighting for his kids, but I wouldn't call it alienation.

The book is repetitive at places. The story and experiences of Hudson are important and compensate. Hudson shares very private and painful experiences of his life with his readers. He deserves a big thank you for writing this book.
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