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Sing Lofty: Thoughts of a Gemini [Paperback]

Don Estelle , Lizzie Estelle
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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Don Estelle Music Publishing (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953737713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953737710
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,840,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uptight 22 July 2010
This is an unusual item in that it is a vanity publishing project and as such was the most expensive book I have ever bought.
Unfortunately most of it is a very dull read.
What makes the book is just how terrible it is, it is patently obvious that it has not been edited professionally and is littered with repetitions. The author even admits he might be repeating himself but can't be bothered to check!. The book drips bile, mainly directed at the modern TV types who fail to utilise his talents. His descriptions of media types are laugh out loud material.
Surely there cannot be any other autobiography in history where the author: a)Mentions an incident and then says he doesn't want to talk about it; b)Skirts over his most famous professional relationship and C) barely mentions his wife and family.
A modern classic worth every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best terrible book you will ever read 8 Mar 2013
This book was recommended to me on several occasions, and proved a devil to track down. However, perseverance paid off with a truly terrible piece of work. Don seemed a genuinely nice guy who had a wonderful singing voice and was a tremendous acting foil in some well-loved comedies. Alas, he was no writer as "Sing Lofty" proves.

Where do you start? The third-person introduction? The fact that he doesn't even mention his birth name (Ronald Edwards) until page 98? The sudden and meaningless rants against modern society (the infamous "tight crotched morons")? The final 100 pages being the world's most boring list of professonal dates which might as well been copied straight from his desk diary? The grand total of three showbiz anecdotes, one of which appears twice? The repeated, unending praise for Rochdale Town Hall, one of the finest in the country? If there's one thing he was good at, it was the non-sequiturs. He could change direction like nobody on Earth: "I went back to give my marriage a second chance, but it didn't work out. About the same time, speed king Donald Campbell was killed in his Bluebird."

If there's one thing you can say in praise of Sing Lofty it's that the author is devastatingly honest. I implore you to go and find this book, for it is a true gem amongst a crowded field of smug, self-satisfied autobiogs, and for that it gets five stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 21 Jan 2014
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Kept hearing how bad this was so wanted to see for myself . An odd book goes off on tangents all the time
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Any showbusiness autobiography that includes a photo of 'delivery of my new Rover 3.5 1978' deserves a five star review. A brilliant read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Tight crutched morons in white trousers" 28 Oct 2012
The absolute nadir of the show biz autobiography and therefore a must read. Vitriloic rants against the "morons in white trousers" who won't give Don work, ramblings about Rochdale Town Hall (surely the best town hall in the country?) and a blow by blow account of every venue Don ever did Summer season in.

He skirts over his most famous working relationships and shows and the sum total of half passable showbiz anecdotes in the book is 2.

An essential read. If Alan Partridges first book (the one in the TV series) was real it wouldn't be half as bad as this tripe.
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