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Robbie Williams: Somebody Someday [Hardcover]

Robbie Williams , Mark McCrum
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13 Sep 2001
A lavishly illustrated production that reveals the character behind the headlines, the genius behind the face, the lifestyle behind the closed doors. This is what it's really like at the centre of the cyclone that is Robbie Williams. An intimate, private tour of his extraordinary and complicated life.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ted Smart, London; First Edition edition (13 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3577125675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091881191
  • ASIN: 0091881196
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 948,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robbie Williams's Somebody Someday takes fans behind the scenes of his 2001 tour, laying bare both the mechanics of the pop machine and a man who can undoubtedly claim to be one of the biggest stars in the business. Williams rose from the ashes of teeny boy band Take That, confounding critics who had housewives' favourite Gary Barlow down as the only member with a musical future. Robbie had a shaky start to his solo outing but the massive hit "Angels" sealed his position as Britain's Clown Prince of Pop. His 2001 Tour was the pinnacle of his career so far and writer Mark McCrum had unprecedented access. The result is not simply a diary of the energy and vibrancy of live performance and the backstage madness that helps keep the show going, but of a rather vulnerable and sensitive pop star who loves what he does. Robbie talks candidly about himself, revealing a far more mature individual than the egotistical womaniser image perpetrated by the tabloids. The photographs by Scarlet Page are wonderfully unintrusive but at the same time capture many sides of Robbie that are rarely caught on film. Yes, there is Robbie pulling his pants down (again) and weeing against a fence, but we also see Robbie relaxing in his hotel room, strumming away on his guitar and kicking a football about by himself in a stadium corridor. It's a far cry from the bright lights and over-the-top personality he lets emerge on stage. Robbie fans would buy this whatever the quality, but it's a genuinely well-written and enjoyable journey through a few whirlwind months of a true star. In one of his earlier hits Robbie sang "Let me Entertain You"--from the talent and star quality than shines through here, he shouldn't even need to ask. --Jonathan Weir

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In a much-publicised recent poll, Robbie Williams was acclaimed as the singer of the century (against such puny competition as Frank Sinatra), and (on the strength of a few songs) even beat Gershwin and Cole Porter as the old millennium's greatest popular composer. Which shows that there is an audience out there for this remarkable personality. Co-written with Mark McCrum, this is an autobiography that conveys the strange mixture of self-mockery and self-aggrandisement that make up the singer's complex personality. There is clearly more to him than the clown who drops his trousers to moon at photographers, and the energy of the book's text (written on his 2001 European and UK tour) vividly conveys what it's like to be at the centre of the media storm that follows him about. In the countdown to Christmas, here's a sure-fire winner if ever there was one.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and surprising portrait 7 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
When I got to read a pre-published extract from the book "Somebody, someday" in a German magazine this week, I was really surprised about Robbie Williams' mature views and his sensitivity because the information you usually get about that man present him as a loud, superficial and extroverted character who doesn't worry about essential problems in life at all. But you will see once again that it is just the one-sided artificial position musicians -or famous people in general- are pressed in by the media- the "sun always shines on TV" -image. In my opinion the book is definitely worth reading because you will be reminded of what really counts in life. You realize that having success does not automatically mean happiness and contentment. Surely an interesting portrait showing the vulnerable, thoughtful side of a superstar.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like the saying: "don't judge a book by its cover" 15 April 2002
Format:Hardcover
At first glance this may seem like another shiny glossy item of merchandise you pick up from the stall at one of his concerts. It has all the right moves, the tour jokes, gleaming photographs and personal confessions and bravado. You can take it as that or you can choose to see something else. The small glances and looks in the photos which betray something deeper, the quiet and also load interplay between Robbie and his tour family and the way that this book is not just about robbie himself, but his world and those surrounding him. I'm not saying this is a work of epic proportions, or a cheesy pop profile either. It's a good book, with good people in it just trying to get along in life. How often can you say that nowdays?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointment with a capital D! 21 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The book promised that you would get a rare insight into Robbie's head and what he was all about....well all I learned about Robbie from that book is that he likes to play Uno!
The book concentrated on following the Robbie entourage on tour and with only brief comments on Robbie I didn't even feel that the writing expressed enough depth for the reader to form rounded characters out of anyone followed during the tour....least of all the books subject, Mr Williams!
I am an avid reader and I have to confess to being incredibly bored throughout the book but stuck with it hoping it would improve...it doesn't.
Poorly written, lacking any depth or imaginative approach to finding out about the 'real' Robbie, sychophantic and all in all a waste of money...shame, I had been looking forward to it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, - but could be better! 17 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have read a lot of biographies and auto-biographies and i believe what make a good book is the dream, the luck, the chances, the drive and the ambition along with the disapiontments that take a person to get where they are! I think that Robbie will be a legend - up there with elvis the Beatles etc , but the book dosn't trace his roots his dreams and path to stardom- it is a snapshot of his life which in itself isn't that interesting- He seems a likeable and interesting person but his life style is not one that the man in the street can identify with- we can identify with his upbringing his love of football and his family life or lack of it , but this is sadly missed in this book - that is what makes a good biography ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody Someday...he's all that! 16 May 2003
Format:Paperback
This book was so moving and gave you a real deep insight to what this genious has been through.
It took me 3 days to read. Its very compulsive, gripping with emotional ups and downs... when you start reading you dont want to stop until you have reached the end. It makes you feel like you know the guy, especially when you can relate to come of the rollercoaster happenings throughout the time period of when this was written.... bring on the next book Rob!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie we hardly knew you until now 13 Sep 2001
Format:Hardcover
A book that delves further than an autobiography ever has before. Taking out all the details and placing them down in black in white. Finally Robbie reveals all in this epic tale; his life. This book has it all, the highs, the lows and the downright uglies of the life of a popstar. Since Robbie came out as single artist everything has changed and finally we can see how. A book not to be underestmated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I am a Robbie fan and was really looking forward to reading this book. However, I found it to be more about what the band got up to than an in depth look at Robbie. Yes it did show Robbie as an insecure, vulnerable human being, struggling with his addictions but it detailed more about the bands drink and drugs habits than anything more personal about Robbie himself. I love Robbie, think he is an absolutely brilliant entertainer and know he has a lot of 'demons' , but this book really isn't worth the money if you want an intimate in-depth look at the soul of Robbie Williams.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, interesting and funny - the real Robbie 15 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is the best book I've ever read about Robbie. It makes you laugh and sometimes cry because it shows the real Robbie. He speaks honestly about all his experiences and gives a real insight into how Rob really feels about his life on and off stage. Whats more it seems Mark McCrum had a really good time with Rob and that makes it really enjoyable and interesting to read. His descriptions of the members of the band and the crew are really funny and imaginative. Be prepared to laugh but also to think "poor Robbie". This really makes you look at him differently from how the tabloids like to present him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book
great product price was good and the quality is brilliant delivery was quick to would recommend to all keep up the good work
Published 9 months ago by davemc
4.0 out of 5 stars I still love Robbie!
I have re-read this over the last two days, with the thought in mind that once finished, I would donate it to the charity shop, except now I'm keeping it!! Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by cross-chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody Someday
I read this book in less that 24 hours,I could not put it down and when I did put it down I was in a hurry to stick my nose back in to the pages to see what was happening next on... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2004 by "mandalaygal"
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly disappointing.
Contrary to the other reviews, I found this book not all it's cracked up to be. As a big Robbie fan even from his Take That days, this book wasn't quite what I expected. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2002 by Polly Eckles
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a fly on the wall book!
This book was superbly written. It took you into the lives of Robbie and his band on the Euro tour 2001! Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2002 by sking@weightmans.com
4.0 out of 5 stars More interesting than you think
As other reviews have commented, this book is mainly a diary of the tour. I get the impression that RW didn't really give the author much time for one-to-one chats - although... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2002 by Jane Mack
3.0 out of 5 stars some funny bits
having read the first chapter i was tempted to put it down and forget about it. first impressions were that the whole book was going to be about how great robbie is, and how... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This is a strange book. It took me a long, long time to get into and to actually read. I think the problem was that although I'm a massive Robbie fan I just wasn't expecting what i... Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2002 by N. Stubbs
1.0 out of 5 stars No insight at all, nothing more than a european tour journal
I like reading biographies but this has to be the worst I have ever read. There is just so little information about RW its just a diary of events of the recent european tour... Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting insight into the world of Robbie and Rob
This book is great if you want to know what sort of stuff goes on on a Robbie tour. It also gives you some idea of what Rob is like off stage and the struggle he is having with... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2002
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