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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (28 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184454298X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844542987
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pete Burns was born on 5 August 1959. He played in a number of bands before forming Dead Or Alive, whose members included Wayne Hussey of the Mission. He has been a producer as well as a star performer.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Fellows on 20 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've followed Petes personal and professional story since the very early eightites, sometimes with delight and sometimes not. Whatever he's done I've either loved or hated it, but I've always been interested in it. Sorry to say it doesn't apply to this book. Lets start with the bad, firstly the length. It's huge print on very few pages, almost as if it were written for a child. I'll be the first to admit I'm probably not the fastest person to finish off a book, but this was read from cover to cover in about 4 hours. Second problem is the content. All of the subjects covered seem to be totally glossed over. There is nothing here written in enough detail to emerse yourself in. Everything feels like it gets a quick mention but nothing is persued fully. There must be so much of his life thats been missed out completely. Thirdly, Pete's personality is nowhere to be found. His quick wit, snappy one-liners and dry humour are completely gone. You can read it from cover to cover but very rarely does it provoke any emotion. Fourth, the included pictures are abysmal. They really are the poorsest of the poor quality. Moving on to the good points - none! It's so painful to have to rip this book apart because I'd normally be the first to defend him but it feels like it was written in an afternoon just for the sake of something to do. I've been waiting for this book to find out more about one of the most charismatic stars of recent times and I really feel let down by this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. DANIELS on 17 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
After waiting in anticipation for this book to come out i found it to be rushed and all about the money making.

I would like to have learn't more about his childhood and relationships and not just about the music.

after all, those who watched Big Brother wanted to read about the extrovert and flamboyancy we don't all remember the music.

As a big reader of autobiography and my i have read a lot i found this to be very disappointing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GWM on 22 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've always found Pete Burns to be a interesting character and enjoy Dead Or Alive's music, so I was very excited at the prospect of him releasing an autobiography. Sadly this book didn't meet many (if any) of my expectations.

It's sloppily written and erratic, skimming quickly over certain events and periods in his life. There are a few glimmers of interest, but I know that from reading and hearing interviews, Pete Burns has a lot more to say for himself than anything you'll find in this book.

It seems to be a very rushed effort overall- probably hoping to cash-in on his 2006 Celebrity Big Brother appearance. This is a shame, as I'm sure with a bit more time and effort this could have been an interesting and entertaining read. A wasted opportunity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Mitchell on 24 Jun. 2006
Format: Hardcover
...but you don't get them here. As a U.S. longtime fan of Pete and DOA (having bought all of DOA's 12"s and LPs back when they were first released, I even made my own custom DOA t-shirt, bought the book, don't get me started), FREAK is a no-brainer - and by that I mean, Pete hasn't put enough thought into the actual writing of this alleged autobio - sure, most of the major career points are mentioned, but a) I wanted much more detail about the recording/creative process of DOA, esp working with PWL, b) there seem to be whole chunks/years that are just glossed over, so you don't get a full pictue of what Pete did on his downtime between hits, and c) the pictures included here are OK, but a rather poor sampling considering Pete has made his career out of reinventing his image/persona, et al. On the whole, this is still a must-have for fans, but new ones coming to the table might wonder what all the fuss is about? Still, I support Pete, bought the book, just as I will buy his solo CD...IF...he ever releases one to follow the amazing electro PSB collaboration Jack & Jill Party - cmon, that was two years ago!?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nathan Armstrong VINE VOICE on 29 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been a huge fan of mr burns since my teens and have waited for this book for what seems like ages!

the story of pete is very interesting...his relationship with his excentric mother....his career...his surgery!!!

however...its obviously been rushed out too cash in on the big brother appearance!

this book could have been an amazing read but his marraige, his relationship with lynne and with the other members of dead or alive hardly get a mention!!!

if this book had been thought through a bit more it would have been amazing...even the stories that are told seem to jump all over which leave the reader confused!!!

as ever it is written with petes dry sense of humour and blatently honest to a fault! there are times it does make you think how you percieve others and the world in general - but i was very dissappointed! sorry pete!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liam Rees on 5 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was deterred from buying this book after reading the bad reviews for it, but I eventually caved and ordered it anyway.
I was surprised as this book is still a fascinating insight into Pete's life and definitely not as bad as the other reviews make it out to me.
The book is clearly ghost written so does read like a conservation of someone regaling stories to someone, and while this does indeed lead to some unnecessary brevity it still addresses the reader directly, which is refreshing after the flows of celebrity autobiographies that purely consist of "I...I...I did..." without a single pause to think.
This book is rather short but still an interesting read that I would definitely recommend to Pete/DOA fans
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