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Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie [Kindle Edition]

Jon Ronson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Frank works as satire, as memoir, as comedy bromance, but it works mostly because it is just so weird (Guardian)

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In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong.

Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie is a memoir of funny, sad times and a tribute to outsider artists too wonderfully strange to ever make it in the mainstream. It tells the true story behind the fictionalized movie.

About the Author

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of four bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, and two collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness. He lives in London and New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6310 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (16 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HNOUNOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of two bestsellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, and two collections, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness. He lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining (if short) read 3 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
I should say at the beginning of this review that I am not a fan of Frank Sidebottom's and that I wouldn't ordinarily have sought out a book with Frank as the subject. I vaguely remember him being around as I grew up, an eccentric musician/comic that occasionally warranted a second glance simply on account of his unique headwear but I never did anything than glance and turn away. Until the news of the upcoming film, I'd forgotten all about him.

Earlier today, whilst browsing in a real book shop (as opposed to sitting in front of a pc and browsing Amazon's virtual shelves), something caught my eye and I bent down and picked up a hardback copy of this book. The compact, hardback design with the cartoon artwork is just beautiful, and even though I knew (after a quick skim) the content was going to be short, I happily paid the full price of 7.99 just so I could take the book out of the store and find somewhere quiet to sit and read it.

I've read a couple of Ronson's earlier books, so I sort of knew what to expect. And it was, by and large, exactly what I expected. If the content were a magazine article (which I think it was based on), it would be a fantastic article and a very satisfying introduction to Frank Sidebottom. As a book, however, it comes across as a little short on content and, sadly, something of a wasted opportunity to convert the curious (people like myself) into crossing a small chasm of indifference into checking out some of Frank's work. I would have liked to know more about Frank and not have to go out and do any research myself - it would be a reasonable thing to assume that if I were going to find out more about Frank, this book would have been the perfect opportunity to discover that information.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a "single" article not a book 6 Mar 2014
By ourman
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Enjoyed it - wish there was more. This is not even a short story just an elongated article - bits of which I am sure I have read before. I really love reading Ronson's work but felt I'd been ripped off here. You can read it in under an hour.

I'd have paid money to read a "single" - I just wish I'd been told that's what this way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a HUGE fan of Jon Ronson. Am very disappointed that 1, this was a really short 'book' and 2, I've read the majority of the content in other Jon Ronson books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but too short 22 April 2014
By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I remember hearing Frank Sidebottom on the radio late at night when I was at school and thought he was great. Most of my friends didn't like him but to me he was hilarious. Jon Ronson played in Frank's band, and as a fan of Ronson's journalism I was looking forward to reading this.

It's an enjoyable read but very, very short. As nice as the hardback edition is (about the size of a Ladybird book and with a lovely matt cover) I'm glad I went for the Kindle version because the hardback is very overpriced. I read the book in bed last night while my girlfriend was cleaning her teeth - it's that short, especially when you realise there are also a few pictures in the text too.

The book is more about Ronson than Frank. The early part explains Ronson's student days, squatting in London, then being called upon to play keyboards for Frank one night. A few tales are told of bizarre gigs and rehearsals before Frank's fortunes take a downward turn and the band breaks up. Years later Ronson and Frank are reunited, sadly only a short time before the man beneath the papier mache head succumbed to throat cancer.

It's a short, entertaining read if you were a fan of Frank Sidebottom, but it doesn't really reveal much about Frank or his creator, and instead it is more the story of Jon Ronson's time in Frank's band, an expanded magazine article rather than a book. Enjoyable, but not essential. If you want to know more about Frank Sidebottom the forthcoming Mick Middles book will be a better purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very short 15 April 2014
By k ford
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Flimsy and very short. No real information or story, I don not think the book was good value at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Oddity 5 Jun 2014
By AnneC
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This won't give you an insight into 'Franks alter ego, it's a bit like odd world section of Private Eye. Just highlights the fact that the author, nor anyone else was allowed to get to know the real man. He must have been a real troubled soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit sad - but quite uplifting book. 4 Jun 2014
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Probably the same comment could apply to Frank / Chris' whole career.
A brief but poignant insight into Jon's feelings about his time in the 'band'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A let down, Frankly. 2 Jun 2014
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A few interesting insights but overall this felt like a book written purely as something for Jon Ronson to sign at his talks about the film 'Frank' which is a film that's not really got much in common with the story of Frank Sidebottom. Short at under 70 pages many of which are photo pages, many of which are stills from the film. An brief introduction to Frank Sidebottom at best. Did I mention a film's been made...?
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
An interesting insight it frank sidebottom and the band. Not sure whether I would go and see the film on the back of it though...
Published 6 days ago by Mr. S. Calveley
5.0 out of 5 stars great copy. fast efficient service
great copy.fast efficient service.
Published 20 days ago by richard heidinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a Rip Off
Firstly I should say that I am a big fan of Jon Ronson's writing which ultimately was the main reason I bought this book .. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ATNP
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful
I loved the film so much, and read this in one sitting, it was so beautifully written and made me want to see the film again - It has really stayed with me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. D. A. O'neil
2.0 out of 5 stars A hardback leaflet
Love Ronson's work but he's prone to recycling material to release books with nothing new in them. That's the case here, with big margins and large text beefing what should be the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars A snapshot of an unlikely genius
A short easily read book which provides a lovely snapshot of 1980s life in the north west of England. It also portrays Frank and his insecurities sensitively. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mrs alison rankin
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny read
Greatly entertaining read but too short...almost like a sales pitch for the film towards the end. Worth a read though
Published 1 month ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice warm insight for anyone who is curious about the large headed,...
It's not the longest read ever, but worth a buy. Due to it's length, I wouldn't want to pay more than a few pounds for it, but then I've always been a bit stingy, so don't let that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Sort it out
Rip off, far below Ronson's abilities. So many better ideas from his books like Super Heroes in America etc poor
Published 1 month ago by Hugespark
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity
Being a fan of Jon Ronson, I was looking forward to Frank despite only having a passing interest in Frank Sidebottom. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patchita
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