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Coming Out as a Bowie Fan in Leeds, Yorkshire, England [Paperback]

Mick McCann
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1 Dec 2006
The Memoirs Of A Punk Romantic: BOYS IN MAKE-UP - PUNK - FOOTBALL - CHILDHOOD - BOWIE - MAD NUNS - GIRLS - LIFE - HOT WHEELS - LEEDS - CROSS COUNTRY - VIOLENCE - SEX - THE '70s - DISAPPEARING GIRL - ADOLESCENCE - MY DEATH

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Armley Press (1 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955469902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955469909
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh! You Pretty Thing! 29 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
I got a text at 2am yesterday from my brother saying he and his wife were listening to `Heroes' and loving it. He blamed the book I had got him for Christmas. I blame it for me going out and buying four more Bowie CDs for myself when I was supposed to be Christmas shopping.

This book made me laugh out loud a lot. It also made me well up and my partner cry. It has been a while since I have caught myself at work thinking about a book sitting on the table back home and being impatient to get back to it. I had a great few days living in the flamboyant, crazy, cocky, happy, alive world of Mick McCann.

You don't have to be a Bowie fan to enjoy this book. It is about a great deal more than music. It is about being young, about challenging convention and about love. Love doesn't feature much in the recounting of most of the author's experiences as a young dandy around town but it flows off the page as, looking back, he tells us of the character he was lucky enough to have as his dad.

It is also about loving the people of Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Not in an uncritical way, but he is part of them and they are part of him. And in doing this it offers all of us a chance to recognise this about ourselves and the place of our youth.

This is a very honest book. I loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Funny And Philosophical. 13 Dec 2006
By JH
Format:Paperback
This book is kinda poignant, funny and ironic and makes for a very entertaining read. It certainly wasn't easy coming out as a Bowie fan in the environs of Leeds in the 70's certainly if one chose to emulate Dame David by wearing a ton of slap and dressing, let's just say, "flamboyantly". Mick McCanns early memoirs sum up the mixed reaction from the playground bullyboys to the east Leeds girls all looking to take a "piece" of him. The book has resonance for all us forty and fifty somethings who were blown away by the first appearance of ziggy stardust and the various Bowie personas thereafter and the way the music and image moulded a generation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Can Be Heroes.... 18 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is so evocative to any of us fortunate to have been teenagers living in Leeds in the late 70s. Mick McCann was bold, brave and (he thinks) beautiful, taking on the world of East Leeds Youth Clubs in his Mum's fur coat and sister's boots, getting make-up advice from the Boots counter lady (swallowing her shock and explaining the application of foundation for that er... natural look). It made me laugh out loud and cringe at the same time. What next? A diet and exercise book based on the Milk Round Regime; a dancercise dvd to Heroes? It's a thought. You owe it to your public.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 13 Dec 2006
By Clacker
Format:Paperback
Mick McCann's book is currently available in its first edition and is the kind of collector's item and family keepsake that is destined to feature on future editions of the 'Antiques Roadshow'. (I've a mind to lay a few copies down in my cellar to safeguard mine and future generations of my family's financial future.)

'COAABFILYE' isn't a 'Bowie book' per se, it can be argued, but looks at the social context and influence of Bowie and how he affected the world, rather than providing a resume of David's career.

Truthfully, its a cracking read, paricularly for anyone who came of age in the 1970s, or who didn't, but wants to know what it was like (and its a must-buy for Leeds, Yorkshire-based Bowie-acolytes).

Its funny, well-written and deserves to be widely-read. Buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Years 8 Mar 2007
By Jr Lorrimer VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A nostalgic trip back to the glam wars of the 70's. Mick McCann writes openly about his decision to emulate his pop idol David Bowie on the mean streets of Leeds. Surprisingly he doesn't get a kicking, but he does seem to end up with thousands of young ladies keen to share make up tips amongst other things. Maybe it should have been called "Confessions of a David Bowie Fan", in homage to the books/films of that decade. I can just picture Mick chasing all these scantily clad ladies down the street Benny Hill style... or them chasing him by the sound of it!

A very enjoyable read. It should be on the telly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic & Moving 6 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
I grew up in the same part of Leeds, hung around the same clubs/pubs etc, so I get where Micks coming from in a lot of ways. A very funny, moving and well written account of the torments and highs of teenage years. God knows how he remembers it all.... much of it's a blur to me!! He is obviously a very compassionate and poetic individual. I dont suppose much of this side of his character was shown to his adoring fans/conquests/friends... except the disappearing girl of course. She obviously touched his soul....

BUY IT!!!! Its great. I read it all in 3 hours , couldnt put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beggin to differ 24 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I came to this after reading McCann's first novel Nailed - Digital Stalking, a fantastic, fast moving thriller based on real events but not, if you know what I mean.

This was quite a shock, it's completely different. A very funny, coming of age tale full of colourful characters and situations.

Rick your review almost put me off but I think you've completely missed the point of the book, you should have re-read it. For example, you said Bowie put him down and that the `arrogant' author must have been very embarrassed. Bowie didn't say anything, it was the author imagining what was going through Bowies head, he put himself down which kills your point. There's more but I think the author is laughing with us at his young over-confident self.

Although it was nothing like what I was expecting, I loved this book, it took me right back to my silly teenage self, made me feel young again and the picture it paints of the seventies is a joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hang the dance
Somehow stumbled upon this book and originally bought it because I remember meeting author Mick McCann in the 80's. Read more
Published 16 months ago by baliboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
I bought this for a mate who's a big Bowie fan and just thought I'd peruse it to get a taster. Not being into Bowie myself I thought I wouldn't get far before I cast it aside and... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Lamby
5.0 out of 5 stars a snap shot of the 70's with a bit of glitter thrown in!
I recently read this book whilst on holiday and found myself laughing out loud at some parts of it! Having been a Bowie fan for 30 odd years this book really appealed to me,... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2007 by Lady Stardust
5.0 out of 5 stars Gender Blender!
I moved to Leeds in 1972, a move that Mick McCann would probably have described as - t'posher end o'town. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2007 by J. Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Romantic
McCann's a man who's lived a bit and he's done it all on his own terms.

His book's about a lad growing up in the 70's and daring to be different. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2007 by Paddy Loiner
4.0 out of 5 stars Confessions Of A Face-Pack
Review of Coming Out As A Bowie Fan In Leeds, Yorkshire, England by Mick McCann (Armley Press, ISBN 0-9554699-0-2)

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Published on 13 Dec 2006 by John Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed
An excellent read, I laughed out loud countless times and smirked on almost every page. This is a very surprising book. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2006 by Ms. V. L. Jackson
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