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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 (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Poulter on 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 By JH on 13 Dec. 2006
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clacker on 13 Dec. 2006
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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 By Jr Lorrimer VINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. Williamson on 6 Mar. 2007
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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 By catluvva on 24 Feb. 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Preston on 8 Mar. 2007
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I moved to Leeds in 1972, a move that Mick McCann would probably have described as - t'posher end o'town.
Although I'm eighteen years older than Mick, this book enlightened me to some things I regretfully missed during his Bowie days, a madcap, in your face humour and lifestyle I'd have been happy to endure, apart from the shagging and fighting!
I was going through a very different type of gender-bending at that time and yet his experiences of passing Leeds market to get to the Adelphi pub and the Warehouse were very similar to mine, and just as when Mick needed to stand his ground, so did I, verbally I might add.
A remarkable book made all the more pleasurable by its down-to-earth (Leeds) approach on subjects, which rarely go beyond the playground, youth club or the confessional!
It's a once-started-can't-put-down book that parents should buy to show their kids when they've gone through their teenage angst period.

In a word - BRILLIANT
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