- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd; 43586th edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330440128
- ISBN-13: 978-0330440127
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Adam was born in north London and became in integral part of the capital's punk scene before creating his own brand of music. He had 13 hits in the top twenty (3 of them number ones), as well as bestselling albums. His music continues to be influential today. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I’ve loved Adam and the Ants since they first hit the music scene. Their music was exciting, energetic, youthful, artistic, and just plain fun. I still listen to their music on a regular basis, and am thrilled Adam is back. Adam’s videos still rank as the best I’ve seen, each a mini-movie with a plot, lush costumes, lavish sets, and great music. Adam also created such great characters with his music, and the live performances were incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the behind-the-scenes look at his various albums and how the accompanying videos were created. He's very frank about his personal and professional relationships, and it was interesting to read about who he met and was involved with, especially Marco, a fantastic guitarist.
And, I will always be dazzled by that white stripe across his face.
Even if you never were a big Adam Ant fan - if you are interested in 1970's punk music and love 1980's pop music, you will enjoy this book. Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography [Paperback]
Fuggedabout that ridiculous price quoted of $124.00. I bought my copy from Amazon for about $13 plus shipping - worth every penny. It is easy to purchase at a low price.
Buy the PAPERBACK edition -it has one extra chapter than more expensive hardbound version. The author writes an addendum "follow up" chapter for the Best Seller paperback, which was issued after the hard cover was published.
It is a fascinating book not just for punk-pop-rock music history, but because Adam Ant is a person who was diagnosed with Bipolar illness when he was 20. That was back in the Stone Age in 1974 when very little was understood about mental illness. If you are interested in Mental Health advocacy issues or have a loved one or friend who is Bipolar it will be a fascinating book. The book does not dwell excessively on this issue - several sections in the book deal with how his mental illness drastically affected his life and career. How he dealt with mental illness successfully and at times quite unsuccessfully, is one of the most compelling elements in his autobiography. The book is a wonderful way to educate oneself about the issues that people with this condition deal with. The manner in which he describes his mental illness has no self pity, no remorse and is well written. He is brutally honest in his apologies to his family and friends who he states he may have alienated when he was a "Human Train Wreck" totally out of control with his mental illness.
It is a testament to the human spirit he has survived with such grace and style. Although he had one suicide attempt and several close calls with other episodes of suicidal ideation, it is a tremendous testament to his emotional stability how hard he has tried his entire life to come to grips with his disease. There are many Adam Ant You Tube interviews where he cogently discusses how societal stigma, shame and cultural ignorance about mental illness makes it so much harder for people grappling with these issues. Adam Ant is an intellectual, a deep thinker, but without one whit of pretension in his manner. From a hard-scrabble, rough and tumble working class background - this bloke is 100% salt of the earth.
I admire him tremendously because his entire life he avoided drugs, alcohol and doesn't smoke cigarretes. Many male members of his family were wretched, sloppy mean drunkards. As a child and as a young man in his 20's working in the punk rock scene - he decided early on to be a "straight edge" and wholesome in his lifestyle choices. He lost friends to drug overdoses while a young man in the punk rock scene. His family of origin was cursed with chronic alcoholism. Pretty cool, he is a lifelong "straight edge" type of guy.
There is some material in the book which is heart wrenching. His savage, cruel, physically violent alcoholic father was arrested for pedophile conduct when Adam Ant was the biggest, hottest pop star in the UK. From 1980 to 1983 he was bigger than Justin Bieber and the Beatles combined in the UK pop culture.
The tabloids made life utter hell for him, wringing every sordid detail in the media for over one year about his pedophile father's criminal case. He had not any contact with his father in years, and certainly was blameless and had zero guilt in the child molestation crime. Yet the UK trash tabloids were wretched. Adam Ant dealt with this family tragedy with dignity and composure. He is definitely a class act. The book is very poignant in his treatment of how he writes about his relationship with his monster of a father. When his father finally dies in the gutter - alone, friendless - having burned all his bridges, the death of his dad as a completely broken man - after serving a prison term for molesting a young boy, Adam Ant finally finds peace of mind and comes to terms with felony child abuse issues he suffered as a boy and teen. He completely forgives his father - and acknolwedges that his dad had a sadistic, brute of an alcoholic father who brutalized him - marking him for life. But face it - Adam had a crappy violent father and still worked hard to turn his life around. So having a crap childhood is no excuse to beat your own kids, right? It is all about MAKING CHOICES. This is what the heart of Adam's book is about. Adam is a devoted father to a lovely 14 year old daughter. During the 5 years he took off and could not work because he was working on stablizing his mental health issues - he was a full time "House Dad" and bonded closely with his child. Despite having little positive experiences in his own childhood - he managed to turn things around and be a great dad.
His father was also guilty of felony domestic violence against Adam's mother and the passages where he writes about his childhood is quite moving. His mum seems to be a very good and decent lady. Adam is close to his mum and there are many sweet, endearing passages in the book when he writes about his mum. Adam's childhood wasn't completely tragic.
He writes with great affection about his two grandmothers and his maternal grandfather who gave him much love and affection. A fascinating detail about his genealogy is his full blooded Romany gypsy maternal grandfather and grandma. He dearly loved his Romany gypsy grandparents and the fond and tender manner he writes about them is endearing. Adam writes about his Romany gypsy family background in a fascinating manner - avoiding cliche's most people assume with gypsy life.
Just a hunch - but I think Adam Ant's phenomenal flamboyance, feral, ferocious, phosphorescent flash, glamourous signature cachet in his fashion sense, his incredible talent for wearing cosmetics/makeup both on the street in daylight - and his incredible stage makeup with his striking flair for fashion design, surely must come from the genetic legacy of Romany gypsy blood and Bipolar illness. Adam Ant is the ONLY straight, heterosexual man I can think of who can wear loads of makeup and still look incredibly virile, manly and bloke-ish.
Ya gotta check out You Tube videos to see what I mean, jellybean. This is a bloke who was born in the gutter in grinding poverty, didn't have indoor plumbing until he was 10 years old, shared an outhouse with 12 other families in the same tenement, he grew up in a London slum govt housing project - he worked his way out of the gutter and is incredibly gifted with sartorial graces in terms of his fashion sensibilities. I think the bloke is Beau Brummel incarnate.
Check out the You Tube rock video "Room at the Top" "Goody Two Shoes" "Vive le Rock" "Antmusic" "Kings of the Wild Frontier" "Dog Eat Dog" "Adam Ant Live in Japan 1981" (almost one hour live concert - and it will knock your panties off - check out the VERY LAST song - "Physical") Case closed!
He is a classically trained graphic designer and was awarded a prestigious full ride scholarship to the finest art college in the UK. He dropped out of art university in his 3rd year - due to a blinding, furious vision that he was destined to be a punk musician. This William Blake style estatic epiphany vision was precipated by a failed suicide attempt and psychiatric inpatient hospitalization. Well, the guy has a dramatic life - what can I say?
The book never stoops to maudlin sentimentality or self pity when he writes in detail about a stint in foster care during his childhood. His parents were divorced at that point (mum kicked the rotten husband out of the house when Adam was 7 - Thank God) His mum had to have a major operation and a long convalesence in the hospital. His drunkard father was not fit to care for his son. None of Adam's relatives were willing or able to take him in while his mother was hospitalized for a lengthy in-patient stay. Adam had no place to go but foster care - and it was made much more traumatic due to his developing a serious health problem of his own, during the same time frame his mum was convalescing as an inpatient. The manner in which he writes about his foster care is at times heartbreaking - but he is such a gifted storyteller he also manages to infuse some humour and fascinating bits of info about the various kids he met in foster care. He has a very level head on his shoulders and realized even at the very worst of his foster care stint - that unlike all the other kids, he actually DID have relatives who loved him - and he knew he'd eventually released back to his mum.
Adam Ant is a phenomenal performing artist and the book is well written, considering he is not a professional writer. He is a song writer, musician, singer, actor and somehow those aesthetic sensibilities lends itself well in how he composed his book. The pacing, phrasing and shading of how the book is written is almost "musical" in it's ability to keep you enthralled with the "hook" - just as a songwriter would compose a melody "hook" in a song lyric. It is a very easy read. He loves to ENTERTAIN people and this book will defininetly entertain you!
I read it on ONE DAY. Yup, it is true. The freebie from Amazon's link to "look inside" the book is sort of ho-hum - it's just info about his rotten childhood. If you do a Google search for Online Daily Mail and then do a search on Adam Ant within their website there is a HUGE juicy excerpt from his autobiography that gives you a better idea what the book is like.
The book has a wealth of background info about all the famous, fascinating artists and entertainers he has befriended and worked with. He has either worked with or befriend nearly everyone in show biz from the 1970's to 2012. Not at all "name dropping" but instead he weaves in very interesting accounts of how he came to know many talented folks in the entertainment industry. Adam has genuine humility - he never brags about the glamorous and glittering celebreties he knows. He writes in a matter of fact manner - and spends just as much care and attention when he writes about ordinary, working class folks who are his friends.
Well, YES, there is a LOT of details her writes about his love life, his sex life - well the bloke is Lord Sexitude, His Holy Hotness, Mr. Sex on a Stick and he is rampantly heterosexual. Well, he writes about sex a LOT. A whole lot.
What can I say but that this is a book with erotic footnotes of such magnitude - he is just a Love Machine. This bloke managed to turn sex into an artform. Nope, I'm not kidding. He calls it "puresex" and I must admit the sections where he discusses with great seriousness his personal philosphy of "puresex" made all my lady bits and naughty bits tingle just as if little fishies were swimming in my tummy!
Absolutely NOT in any way is he a playboy.
He is not a "seducer" of women - but a man who women find irresistable and he's just highly charged in the amour department.
I do believe he is quite sensitive to feminist issues. When he writes about the sexism of rock music industry, clearly he has empathy and respect for women. He cites the Punk Music social phenomena as being totally misunderstood due to tabloid media sensationalizing the issue. Adam posits Punk Music social phenomena took women musicians SERIOUSLY for the first time. Women played a major role in punk music bands. Adam has utmost respect and admiration for Jordan - a visionary young woman who adopted a leadership position in the UK punk movement. She was his muse, mentor and first band manager and NOPE he never slept with her. Like I said - he is a true feminist and a gentleman. He knows how to have platonic friendships with women. Jordan is a fascinating character and Google her or You Tube her, she is in every documentary about punk music on You Tube - she's FASCINATING. The world's most famous shop assistant. Jordan worked at Sex and Seditionairies fashion retail store - owned by Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McClaren.
He is 57 years old, in 2012 and still looks amazingly handsome. 57 years old and he looks like a kid! No mystery why women have been all over him like white on rice his entire life!
Considering all the hard knocks he's had in his life - he looks incredibly fit, alluring and loads of Sexitude. Doesn't look like he had his face pumped full of Botox. He has aged naturally and gracefully.Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography [Paperback]
Rading about his horrendous childhood I was amazed how he overcame such an atrocious background and became a fairly stable self-made man (all things considered - with his childhood background he could have wound up in prison or the gutter.) He had very severe mental illness and he is quite open and candid about his many nervous breakdowns - but the very best part is how he pulled his life back together. Literally, it was akin to Lazarus "coming back from the dead". After a particularly painful and publicly embarrassing nervous breakdown he was forcibly committed (sectioned) by the UK govt. and was locked up against his will in a mental hospital for almost 7 months. His career was in total ruins, the UK trash tabloids turned him into a laughing stock. Written off as a ludicrous "has-been" his life appeared quite bleak. Upon his release from the psychiatric inpatient clinic his life was in ruins - he had other hospitalizations over a period of years - and he need quite a lot of treatment in order to properly deal with his mental illness. Some of his hijinks and antics when he was full blown manic and hypo-manic curdled my girdle - he has quite a tale to tell!
From 1980 to 1983 he had 15 Top Ten Hits on the charts, he was the biggest star in the UK phenomenally famous, rich, wicked sexy - on top of the world. By 1997 his career wound up on the dung heap of "Celebrity Train Wrecks." Truly amazing back around 2010 - after a 10 year absence from performing live on stage and no music released either as single or
albums - living in a modest one bedroom apt. having been forced to sell his lavish country home vacation retreat mansion - nearly broke - lost his marbles - in the loony bin - he worked his way back, got himself back into tip-top condition and he is now performing again in the UK, Europe and has a North American tour planned for fall of 2012. He has a new band and they are smokin' rockin' solid musicians.
He stated writing this book was an excellent form of therapy (plus he had an expensive divorce, child support payments and wanted to be a gentleman and give his ex-wife a decent financial settlement - so he was under TREMENDOUS pressure to earn money by writing this book) His mental illness forced him to take five years off from working - his pop-rock music career had dried up by the mid-1990's - he quit Hollywood and went back to London quite upset since although he was cast in 24 TV & film roles - they were primarily "B movie" scripts - and he did not want to continue in that mode. OK I AM definitely biased - I love him to bits - but he actually was a talented actor - but the scripts he was given were not worth his little finger (except "Tales From the Crypt" "The Equalizer" "Northern Exposure" most of his acting roles were in works which were not memorable (NOT HIS FAULT - weak scripts) But he did work with many brilliant actors and his time spent in the film TV industry is a fascinating section of the book. He knows everyone in show biz from Liza Minelli to Robert De Niro and Michael Jackson.
Although he made millions in a highly successful and lucrative career as a songwriter, musician, actor, singer -due to a variety of reasons - he went through most of his considerable fortune. Finding himself in his mid-fifties and having to re-invent himself in middle age - dealing with major mental illness - this was a considerable challenge. Having not much money left from his fortune compounded his difficulties.
I highly recommend this book - not just because I have been a fan of his work since the mid-1970's but because he has crafted a well written book that is highly entertaining. Granted, there is a LOT of the book devoted to his sex life - but he writes in a well bred manner, and there is nothing vulgar, smutty or prurient in the details of his many adventures with women. After all, let us be fair - he is a gorgeous, charming, university educated, cultured, dead-sexy rock-pop star - so it goes with the territory that the bloke is Mr. Sex on Legs. I don't hold it against him that so much of the book is about his sex life. Don't know whether or not he has a "sexual addiction" per se - I don't care - it is HIS business. At least he is honest about it and is not a hypocrite.
I cannot stand trashy "kiss and tell" celebrity books where men boast and brag about their sexual contests. The worst celebrity autobiography I read was Geraldo Rivera, Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis autogiographies - IMHO sexist junk in their cavalier attitude towards women they bedded. They were coarse and vulgar, bragging about their "conquests" of
women - writing about women as though they were hunks of meat. This is NOT how Adam Ant writes about his love live. Yup, he's a rock star who had plenty of one night stands while touring on five continents with his band - but he genuinely appears to respect women. All the bloke needs to do is blink and birds flock to him like bees to the honey-hive. He stated in an interview he slept with approximately 1,000 women. Not boasting - and he did not bring up the subject - it was the interviewer who kept needling him for "details".
O.K. I guess you figured it out - I am a hard core, unabashed Ant Wench. Long live that Terrible Termite - The Lord of AntMusic - the indefatiguable, indominitable Adam Ant!The Origins of Punk Fashion: Vivienne Westwood Another great book written by a good friend of Adam Ant is this extraordinary book on punk fashion. When Adam Ant was a whippersnapper in his early to mid-20's he was a seminal leader in the punk movement social phenomena. There is LOTS of bits about his friendship with the somewhat slithery, back-stabbing embezzler, fabulist, charlatan, music promoter, Malcom McClaren. McClaren was a business partner-husband with Vivienne Westwood and there is quite a bit about them in Adam's autobiography
Yikes! Do you even need to buy the book after this marathon, epic tome I wrote?
Yep, Buy this book - you won't regret doing so!
If you don't like it - then email me via Amazon and give me a sound thrashing. I can take my lumps. If you buy the book, based on my epic tome review - and do not like the
book - then give me a slagging and don't sugar coat it.
Ant Fans will buy it without this review - what I hope to accomplish in the hour it took to write this, is to bring some NEW recruits into the domain of Ant Land.
For over 30 years the Lord of the Ants has brought international concert audiences to frenzy, hysteria, eupohric bliss - it is holy sacred "puresex" which is his true aim while performing - to seduce the audience, to amuse while simultaneously terrifying the audience, to entertain, educate, elucidate, mesmerize the audience, to make your hair stand on it's end and to walk out of the concert hall with an unforgettable lifetime peak experience.
OK enough already.
I am done. Stick a fork in me I am done.