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Freaky Dancin': Me and the Mondays [Paperback]

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22 Sep 2000

This is a story of Bez, the man with the maracas and Shaun Ryder's sidekick in the Happy Mondays. Bez was the embodiment of the eighties 'Madchester' scene - when asked by a journalist why he took so may drugs he replied, 'It's my job.'

Freaky Dancin' is a rollercoaster ride through the excesses of rock 'n' roll. It is also the story of how a petty criminal, with no future, got up on stage one night at The Hacienda and found himself famous.

'No one has truly and more fully lived the rock lifestyle since The Who's Keith Moon. This is the most honest, funny, outrageous, drug-fuelled rollercoaster of an autobiography since Howard Marks. A cult classic.' Mirror

'Bez emerges as a dangerous lunatic whose entire life is motivated by the pursuit of drugs. But, like his book, he's almost impossible not to like. Top one.' Mix Mag

'Bez presents his life as a triumph against the odds, the pills and thrills of a hyperactive kid who couldn't settle on anything except drugs and petty crime but fronted one of the most important bands of the past ten years.' The Times

'Bez's life story reads like that of a man who stole the world, sold it, bought it back on the cheap, and then left it on the back of a written-off jeep somewhere in the Caribbean.' New Musical Express

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (22 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330481975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330481977
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bez, you can't fail to love the bloke! 27 July 2001
By A Customer
This book is the best read I've had in ages. Laugh out load? Of course I did. The common theme throughout the book is humour and on several occasions I was litterally rolling around on the floor with my sides splitting. Bez, the young scally from Salford made good, well sort of anyway. The book follows his life from birth to present day with the most attention not suprisingly paid to his time with the Monday's and the period just before he joined them. From knocking off golf equipment from a clubhouse, to working as a Morrocan tourist guide in the full north african attire Bez has done it all. And he did it all with the planning and appearance of a complete nutcase. I'm sure many have fallen by the wayside trying follow the same path as Bez but here's a man who made it. A man who stuck two fingers up at convention and made a name for himself as the nutcase from Manchester who took loads of drugs and played Marracca's in the band that was 'Madchester'. If you were there in '88, if your one of the chemical generation, if you wore a mustard yellow hooded top with baggy purple tracksuit bottoms or even if you just like a good story and good laugh this book is for you. Highly Reccomended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bez shows us how the Mondays came to be. 25 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This is the most entertaining and enjoyable read available in the shops today.Bez's life is one of stunning highs and lows and he conveys this quite brilliantly.From his forays in a Morrocan cave to the Free Trade Hall, Bez lets us into his life through his own eyes.Any fan of the Happy Mondays or Black Grape should make sure that they have a copy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISINGLY GOOD 1 July 2011
By BAZ316
Wasn't sure if i'd get into this book. Yes i like bez's character,but can he tell a story?
He certainly can,this is a really funny book that feels as if he's talking to you personally,trying to remember what happened at certain periods of his life.
Not only is it funny,it makes you see his life as something other than a drug and booze mess.
A lot of it is actually quite touching and really shows a humane side to him a lot of people might asume he doesn't possess. It's a really easy read aswell,some books drag on a bit,getting bogged down in uninteresting facts,this doesn't.
Really glad i picked it up now,pleasant surprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise the spirit of Bez and his maraccas! 17 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Who cares if the Mondays live are nothing more than a group of lads pilled up to the eye balls simply remebering they had to walk on stage and mumble a few lyrics, they were magic! Rock 'n' Roll's finest soap opera was a joy to witness in whatever state they were in and who was the real reason for their widespread appeal? Bez! And of course his maracca's! This book captures what is really going on his head without ever revealing what IS going on in his head and is a hilarious read. We never will ever GET Bez but while he's still here to make the music world entertaining then there's hope that people like Westlife will NEVER rid the world guitar music!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top One! 6 Dec 2001
By A Customer
This is the baddest, maddest autobiography ever! A funny and occasionally shocking account of one man's chemical adventures in one of the best bands ever. A must - have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, so well written! 19 Nov 2013
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I couldn't put this book down, it's so well written!.
If you were involved in the Rave scene in the 90's you will relate to so much of the book and if you weren't you'll have a historical journey of what it was like!
It made me laugh a lot!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here he goes..... 17 July 2007
I read Bez's autobiography when it was first published in 2000, and I knew I would enjoy this book. Bez is a hilarious storyteller. Even now, when I read it again it makes me laugh reading his antics in Morrocco, and just being totally off his head during his tours with The Happy Mondays at the peak of the "Madchester" craze in the early nineties.
A must read for fans and for those that were into the rave pill popping scene back in those days.
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For Bez to be able to write a book after all those years of crazy drug abuse and generally pissing about is, in itself, quite an achievement. To be able to write a book that not only captures the spirit of the Mondays, but is also hilariously funny and doesn't attempt to glamorise or condone his years of abuse is wicked. Bez comes across as a sound geezer who has learnt a lot from his youthful escapades, and has come away with a few insights into life, aswell as a few laughs. This book would be enjoyed by students, dossers and anyone who'se been there and seen what it's like to spend a lifetime of scrapes and gettin off your head. Top one.
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