- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Orion Pub Co (March 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752849360
- ISBN-13: 978-0752849362
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,194,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blitzed!: The Autobiography of Steve Strange Paperback – March 1, 2003
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Steve Strange was head boy of the New Romantic movement. He ran the best clubs in London - Billy's, Blitz and Camden Palace - which defined the glitzy banality of the era; places where Spandau Ballet and Boy George came to life. He formed, with Midge Ure, Visage, which became one of the biggest bands of the time, selling millions of records and gaining tabloid notoriety. BLITZED! recounts the rise and fall of the Blitz Kid from the excess of the early eighties - the clubs, the people, the music, the money - to his time spent recovering in Ibiza and India, the subsequent steady decline into cocaine and heroin abuse and his rise back to sanity. Steve recounts how he lost all his possessions in a house fire and days later learned of the death of his close friend Michael Hutchence. Within a couple of years Paula Yates had also committed suicide and Strange had ended up back in South Wales, homeless, mentally unstable and facing a court order for shoplifting. He recounts how he pulled himself back from the brink. He now manages a band, is clean, is re-recording Visage tracks and is ready to tell his amazing story.
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On a more personal level it is a great story of how success can be wished for but never planned for. Read and learn!!!
I live in Hollywood, and I notice the shorter and less important the fame, the bigger the ego is! The boastfulness can get so extreme, one cringes, and soon questions the reliability of these claims. Like Steve Strange saying "Prince was still following me everywhere." Yea right...we believe that. I was STUNNED when Strange attempts to say at one time, that his schedule was 'so busy' and he had become 'so famous' that he went to France, Germany and back to England to do interviews and television spots...all in a matter of hours! That is ludicrous and not how show business works. DAYS are inbetween such publicity tour dates.
By page 155, one starts to realize Steve Strange was more a club promoter and door man, than he ever was a musician in Visage. By books end, the reader feels a bit of sadness for this clown performing LONG AFTER the circus has left town. Strange's arrogance is long gone by that time, but this late in the game, no one cares. It appears the days when he turned "hopeful scenesters" away at the door of his Blitz club (for he held a mirror in front of their faces and asked, "Would YOU let yourself in looking like that?") came back to bite him in the [...].
I AM a big Visage fan, and for that reason, wish I had not read this book. It will be hard now, to separate the great music from the delusional character behind it.
I give it 3 stars, only because his incessant name dropping is actually somewhat interesting, in that it gives insight into how interesting OTHER people were at the time.
You will not get that "nostalgiac" 80's feeling from this book, like you would reading Boy George's book. Mind you, George's book has 300 more pages in it, if that tells you anything!