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A Bone in My Flute [Paperback]

Holly Johnson
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6 April 1995
Holly Johnson of the pop-group Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and sufferer from AIDS, tells his story.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099393417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099393412
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sad and honest 15 Jun 2010
Holly Johnson shows an unheralded talent for storytelling with this frank account of his rise to fame and subsequent travails thereafter. It deals with his mostly unhappy childhood, sexual awakening, fame, excess, the legal spat and courtroom drama with ZTT, and ends with the revelation of his HIV diagnosis. The chapters on FGTH and the fractious relationships with his bandmates are compelling. The central core of the book is relationships: his father, one schoolfriend, housemates, Paul Rutherford, FGTH's 'lads' and Jill Sinclair and Trevor Horn of ZTT.
The passages on his uncompromising father are at once hilarious and tragic.

It is an unfliching account of the price of fame, thouroughly readable and enjoyable.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I was a massive Frankie Goes To Hollywood fan as a teenager when they first made an impact, and I still am now. And having tried to seek out this book in recent years, I finally found a copy from this seller so I was very happy! It's a fascinating insight into Holly Johnson's life and his musical career. In 2010, as I look back, part of me wishes that the years in between could be added onto Holly's story as the book ends in the early 90s.
If you want to learn more about the life and background of this charismatic and interesting frontman with one of the greatest pop bands of all time, you should want to read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Biography! 18 April 2013
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I first read this book when it was first published. Unfortunately my mother one day found it and threw it out. It's taken me many many years to find a copy of it and I must say its as brilliant the second time around!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true and honest from the heart and book.. 24 Feb 2013
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really enjoyed it just finished it and i dont get to read a lot of books but this had me reading page after page..jon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming 30 Dec 2012
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A wonderful trip back in time from this warm, intelligent and talented man. I couldn't put it down until the end and when I did - the world seemed a nicer place!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book 19 Dec 2012
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Put simply, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, were the 80s. This is a great book written by Holly himself & not a ghost writer, he's honest about his working class upbringing in Liverpool & Bowie obsession. It covers his struggling early years & then sudden rise to pop superstardom in the MTV 80s, he only signed off the dole after appearing on TOTP! As well as his tussles with Tessa the tiger, he includes his often fraught relationship with producer Trevor Horn, Paul Morley & his bandmates, plus the court case to release him from his record contract & his subsequent solo success.
Anyone interested in the music business should read this book, like the Sex Pistols, Frankie's career was relatively brief, 84-87 & like the Pistols they were controlled by a guy (Trevor Horn) who took all the credit for their success, most of the money & fell out with the lead singer, only to be later sued by the singer. Though despite their similarities, it doesn't seem from reading this book that Johnson & Lydon have ever met in real life.
Sadly the book ends with his diagnosis in the 90s, it's now been over a decade since this book came out and Holly could maybe look at updating it to tell us more about his battle with HIV, his artwork and his comeback performances.
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