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Tim Rice
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19 Aug 1999
With wit and candour, Tim Rice describes the gilded path that took him from cricket and comic-obsessed schoolboy to one of the world's best-known lyricists. Along the way he worked as a petrol pump attendant and articled clerk before becoming a management trainee at EMI. But it was his fateful meeting with Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1965 which was to be the turning-point in Tim's career. Immediate fortune didn't follow and it took the album of Jesus Christ Superstar to reach no.1 in the States before they were taken seriously. Covering every aspect of his life until his marriage to Jane McIntosh and the opening of the stage production of Evita, this is an engaging and fascinating autobiography.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (19 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340654597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340654590
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His style is edgy and elegant, and makes for a memorable read (The Sunday Times)

Thoroughly engaging read by a thoroughly likeable chap (Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph)

In ... Fascinating detail ... Rice describes the conception and birth pangs of ... Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita (Mail on Sunday)

Honest, engaging and witty (What's On In London)

An incredible and unique story (Midweek)

Tim has winning charm and wit (Sunday Herald - Glasgow)

Funny, revealing and entertaining. It's Rice on Rice, proving yet again how good he is at making stories come alive (Birmingham Post)

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The hugely entertaining autobiography of one of the world's best lyricists, which covers the period of his three epoch-making musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and entertaining! 31 Mar 2005
Tim Rice has written a really great book. He tells the story of his life, up to the opening of Evita. His style is charming and witty, making this book a funny though fascinating read.

I only wish I knew when the second volume was due, I will certainly be buying it.
I recommend this book highly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting circus 28 Nov 2000
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Tim Rice has proved to be quite inteligent all his life. And so, the history of his life is, of course, a very inteligent book. To me, as a superfan of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, it has been very thrilling to learn things about the making of these works. And I also found very moving to see that in some aspects, Rice feels the same as I do. (For example, his favourite verse in JCS was my favourite too: "To conquer death you only have to die"). I laughed, I was surprised, I was shocked and it left me wanting more. You must read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like drinking tea with a friend! 7 April 2012
By A. Parham - Published on Amazon.com
It's been a while since I read this book but since no one else has reviewed it I thought I'd help out anyone considering buying it.

This really is a great autobiography. Tim Rice delivers a witty, engaging, and surprisingly insightful look at musical theatre in general and his experiences in particular. Even though it's been a few years since I've even touched it, many of the lines and quips in this book have stayed with me and they have certainly enhanced my enjoyment of his early musicals (Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita). This book is rather like listening to an old, likable friend telling you amusing stories from his life, and perhaps throwing you a pearl of wisdom every now and then.

The book begins with Rice's childhood and ends with the opening of Evita on the West End. I've heard rumors that he's working on a sequel book to continue the story from there and I honestly can't wait!

Barring some inexplicable market-forces that would make this book some sort of collectible, I expect that it will continue to be dirt cheap from the time I'm writing this review to the time you're reading it...so shell out the few pennies and buy yourself a fun read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Trustworthy Information 24 April 2014
By May-Muriel Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this to get trustworthy information on how Mary Magdalene was perceived in the Sixties and Seventies of the previous century, a section of my masters dissertation which I am presently re-working. It was the best thing I ever did because I found that a lot of what I had 'Googled' was incorrect. It's also a fun book!
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