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Brilliant!! Everyone should read this book...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Take It Like a Man: The Autobiography of Boy George (Hardcover)
I recently went to see Taboo, Boy George's semi-autobiographical musical about the 1980s club scene. It was then that I first became interested in his life and wanted to know more than the musical showed. I knew little about his life, as I'm not old enough to have read those infamous newspaper headlines. To be completely honest I wasn't that interested in George before I saw Taboo, I'm very heavily into my rock music...bands such as Placebo,Hole,Nirvana,Tool, PJ Harvey etc...and as Culture Club were a pop band and George is now doing his DJ thing I thought it wasn't really my cup of tea. I first bought a copy of this book for my sister's birthday as she saw Taboo with me and said Boy George's story was really interesting. When it arrived in the post I decided to have a quick read, just to see if it was as good as all the reviews on Amazon said. Well, once I started to read, it was almost impossible to stop and wrap the book up. I was hooked and knew that I would have to order my own copy. So I did. It's very rare that I find a book that captures me and interests me as much as `Take It Like A Man'. I read at every available opportunity, sometimes reading until 2am because I just couldn't wait to see what happened next. The book is written quite like George is sitting next to you, talking you through his life, the tone is friendly and inviting willing you to read on. George also laces the whole thing with a fantastic bitchy humour, even in the harrowing chapters about his drug addiction. I was very interested to read about his days as a punk, singing with his ex-boyfriend's punk band `Theatre of Hate'. I also found I was able to really relate to many things George spoke of such as experimenting with punky clothes,hair and make-up from wearing bondage trousers to listening to bands like The Clash and The Cure. Reading about the adventures of the wonderful Phillip Sallon and the ever-dramatic Marilyn was nearly always hilarious! There were also many times when I felt so sorry for George, for example when he detailed his incredibly stormy relationship with Jon Moss and the messy ending to the affair. By the end I was in tears, but I also had a big smile on my face: Here was someone who was honest and had just as many weaknesses as everyone else but somehow people expected him to be massively strong in times when anyone would have broken down. However he got through it all, he battled and the ending was full of real hope and therefore extremely uplifting. What I've gained from this book is so much respect for this man,it's odd how you think you would have hardly anything in common with someone and then suddenly you realise that you have more in common with them than you thought possible. Okay so chances are I won't be rushing out to buy a Culture Club album anytime soon but I'm immensely glad that George is still alive and well. I look forward to a sequel in the near future.....