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I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But: The Truth About Fame, Fortune and My Life in Music Hardcover – 20 Nov 2003


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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 1st edition (20 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091898277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091898274
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fans and enemies of Simon Cowell will be engrossed in this inspiring story of his rocky road to fame" -- OK Magazine

"It's impossible not to be engrossed...(he)comes across as you'd expect - arrogant, egotistical, opinionated...and totally magnetic" -- Daily Mirror

"engrossing read...Simon...is a very interesting bloke, so we suggest you give this a quick squiz" -- Star Magazine

"zesty account of his life...it's got all the fun stuff" -- Heat

'Love him or hate him, you've got to admire the high trousered one... this autobiog is actually pretty damn compelling' -- Heat

...he comes across as you'd expect - arrogant, egotistical, opinionated...makes the book almost as much fun as Pop Idol itself. -- Daily Mirror

Simon, whether you like him or not, is a very interesting bloke...we suggest you give this a quick squiz. -- Star Magazine

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'This is a personal insight into the music industry and Pop Idol. I wish I could have read this book 25 years ago.'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a new fan of American Idol and as a fan of the irascible and erudite Simon, I just loved this book. It gives an invaluable insight into, not just the contemporary pop music industry, but also what it takes and makes to become a famous and talented pop star. One of the wonderful attributes about Simon is that in hard times has constantly kept his focus and drive, and he has never “sold out” to the industry or compromised his standards. He has spent years honing his skills as an A & R Consultant, and it shows; his skills at picking talent and being able to spot the “X factor” are formidable. I don’t think Simon is actually rude; he just has an acerbic wit, and a wicked sense of humor, which some overly sensitive people may interpret as rude. He really is just brutally honest and candid, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with him telling the truth about what he doesn't like. As he often says on American Idol – there are a lot of self-deluded people out there.
The first half of the book is very interesting, as he recounts his childhood in England, his frustrations at having to follow “a normal” career path, his days in the mailroom at EMI records and his efforts to come influential in the recording industry. He talks about the way he first insulted his glamorous mother, criticized of his first grade teacher, and was rather obnoxious to his first employers. The Second half of I Don’t Mean to be Rude… is really an expose on the development of American Idol, from its conception and pitch to the networks in the United States, to the final episodes of season two where Ruben and Clay go head to head.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2004
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If you have a thing for Simon Cowell then read this book! Really interesting although would of preferred more background on the man himself than Pop Idol and American Idol. But a real page turner from start to finish. His arrogance and rudeness comes thru and it just makes him seem more attractive. I think it's more honesty than rudeness. Buy it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sami Rogers on 7 Feb. 2004
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Really enjoyed this book. Its very easy to read, humerous and honest. It starts off with a brief history about him and his upbriging (very wealthy) then the most part really is about his time on Pop Idol & American Idol. As a big fan of both I found it very interesting and couldnt put it down. He gives his honest opinions about pop stars which is good. Nothing massively enciteful but never the less a really enjoyable read. Cant help but like the guy really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M Balogun on 2 Feb. 2004
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Wow!! I just could not put the book down! we are all fans of Siomon Cowell and it was a 'family affair' going through his personal account. He does not mince his words and has every right on the face of this earth to be arrogant, blunt and full of himself. Please someone tell us, did Simon attend RADLETT PREP SCHOOL, HERTS? Our son goes there and identified the cap in the book! Well done Simon!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov. 2003
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If you enjoy watching Simon Cowell on Pop Idol you will love this book,I couldn't put it down,it took me 4 hours to read .It was interesting to read how hard he has had to work to get where he is and also what a tough place the music and television is to work in.The book left me wanting more in the way where you want to meet him because he seems like a decent genuine bloke that would make an excellent friend.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2004
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If you enjoy watching Simon Cowell on Pop Idol you will love this book,I couldn't put it down,it took me 4 hours to read .It was interesting to read how hard he has had to work to get where he is and also what a tough place the music and television is to work in.The book left me wanting more in the way where you want to meet him. I also recommend another book "He Never Called Again."
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov. 2003
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A good insight into the music industry and how tough it is not just as an artist but behind the scenes as well.simon comes across as a decent bloke not as Mr Nasty ,and theres comments on all aspects of the pop idol process .A thoroughly good read,you will want to read it in one go.
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