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Frank Sidebottom Out of His Head: The Authorised Biography of Chris Sievey Hardcover – November 6, 2014
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Since finishing the book the first time (I'm going back to read it again, something I rarely do) I find myself thinking about Sievey almost every day. The tragic side of the story is easily as tragic as the early death of, say, Vincent Van Gogh. I know that comparison will drive some folks crazy but it's hard to imagine how someone this talented never really hit the right level of notoriety in his lifetime. The only way I can figure it is that sometimes these people need to die to get the recognition they deserve.
The book itself does not represent Sievey's life as a sad story at all but knowing that Sievey was working as Sidebottom almost to his last day and knowing that he must have worked through some level of pain and denial really does hover over whole tale. Once you check out YouTube to see Frank Sidebottom in action you see how hard it is to imagine that character dying.
The book itself has some issues but I can't bring myself to deduct even one star for the flaws. It needed some proofreading for sure. It needed some editing. I liked that whole quotes were left in but the quotes sometimes became redundant. But the worst flaw is that sometimes a quote would stomp on a very emotional point and that's the only time I really struggled with the lack of a good editor. I also didn't quite get some of the super detail, for instance when the author reviews Sievey's early recordings track by track.
Honestly though, this book is so good and Chris Sievey is so amazing that nothing detracts from the story. No matter where you are from read this story for a truly amazing and sometimes sad adventure.
The first half of the book is about Chris' serious music career with The Freshies and for me it just got into too much detail. There were interesting details like Chris's computer video for the song Camouflage which I watched on Youtube and found wonderful.
The second half is about Frank leading up to his death and I found it very touching amusing and sincere. I have lived in Turkey the second half of my life so only when I looked on the Web did I realise that Frank's creator had died. Frank reminded me of a more simpler and innocent time which I had long forgotten. Thanks to this book I got in touch with something that I had lost.
Thanks Frank you were fantastic.