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Ed Sheeran A+ The Unauthorised Biography [Kindle Edition]

David Nolan
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He’s the Suffolk school drop-out who’s become Britain’s hottest musical property. Ed Sheeran is the double Brit Award-winning singer songwriter with a tiny guitar and a huge talent. But how did a young musician who described himself as a ‘spotty, chubby, ginger teenager’ go from selling CDs from his rucksack to playing in front of Royalty at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – not to mention a worldwide TV audience of a billion? From his bohemian Yorkshire childhood to the brink of international stardom, David Nolan traces the story of Sheeran’s musical life and times. Featuring exclusive interviews with friends, relatives, musical collaborators and key figures in his rise to stardom, A+ shows how Ed Sheeran made his mark on the music industry, playing the game via his own set of fiercely independent rules and winning fans like Elton John and Jamie Foxx along the way.

About the Author

David Nolan is an award-winning journalist with biographies on subjects ranging from Simon Cowell to the Sex Pistols. He's also written for newspapers, magazines, radio, and television.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1370 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake; Reprint edition (3 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HBU1YVG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ed Sheeran - the brand is launched. 24 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this book fairly quickly, purely to get some insight into the basic steps that Ed Sheeran took to build a fan base. Simplistically, I have listed below, ten of the most obvious steps that stood out in the book.

1. He first practised a set to play for free, then systematically played at hundreds of gigs around the UK (and a few in the USA).
2. He created a few EPs in various genres of music, to broaden and test his audience.
3. He sold CDs after his gigs to pay for food and production of new material.
4. He slept on sofas and travelled light, even choosing a smaller guitar to carry.
5. He got got the backing and support of family and friends who understood him, who then spoke positively about him from the start.
6. He got connected early, networked, contributed and sourced feedback relentlessly in social media.
7. He continuously experimented with technology to keep his sound 'fresh.'
8. He chose a 'nice guy' image, likeable to all age groups and consistently stuck to his 'ginger' brand with casual dress.
9. He chose to learn from the best in the business that he could meet (writing, producing and performing) and got endorsed in their community.
10. To get publicity relentlessly, to stay relevant and keep it simple.

Its the last point that I think made the book possible. Ed keeps his message about his story, who he is and what he wants to sing about quite simple. This makes him easily quotable and accessible. The author has taken the time to collate a series of media quotes to tell the story for him. Its reads more like a history rather than a personal biography to me. If you want to know what Ed thinks, if it isn't already said in the media, it isn't in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed book 15 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover
Good read, well written. Loads of interviews with people from Eds past, rather than recycled stuff from old newspapers and magazines. Bit muso/high brow for some tastes I suspect but for a genuine fan, the real deal.
Certainly stands out on my bookshelf ... the cover is really, really orange!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ed Sheeran 18 May 2013
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Really good book and such a brilliant read. one of my all time favourite singers really enjoyed reading about Ed Sheeran.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 24 April 2013
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I love Ed Sheeran and always thought that I knew quite alot about him but this book taught me more about him. Very written book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 Feb 2013
By Junior
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be a fantastic read, i never wanted it to stop!

Fantastic amount of research done with some great interviews and a amazing insight to how far he has come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, inspiring book. 30 Jan 2013
By Claire
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love this book. It is very informative and is a detailed and interesting account of Ed's early career. I'd definitely recommend this book to any Ed Sheeran fan, especially those who are interested in following in his footsteps as a musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!! 30 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
a really good in sight into the life of ed - not to be missed - best buy this year
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Hero 24 Dec 2012
By Amy
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I should think will hit the spot , it is a xmas present for my grandaughter(13)

thank so much hard to find one
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