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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743239040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743239042
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The son of world-renowned boxing trainer George Francis, Michael Francis was born and brought up in Camden Town. After thirty years on the road, he quit the music business on his fiftieth birthday when one last event-filled tour with American Superstars Kiss convinced him he'd had enough. He now runs his own international security consultancy.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "ringoddcl" on 22 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book us a must if you're a rock fan - the man who looked after Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi and Kiss telling his story - it's a gotta have!
Much has been said about the Bon Jovi 'syndicate' and here for the first time it's a touch exposed. Michael just gives as good as he got - and as Jon said to him about his being dropped from the touring party, 'it's not personal, just business'.
The lid is lifted on the real r'n'r excesses of all the bands Michael talks about - we all knew that none of them were squaeky clean despite their media images and it's nice to get a little bit of truth from somebody who was close to it.
On top of all the r'n'r Michael lets us into his personal life and talks about the balancing act of being on tour and having a loving and tight knit family.
I couldn't put this book down - I cannot recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss N Coyne on 20 Nov. 2003
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I originally purchased for my boyfriend but picked up off the coffe table to browse through one sunday afternoon. It took me three weeks to put it back! It was breathtakingly frank, funny, entertaining, honest and a wonderful insight in to the world of Michael Francis and the ups and downs of life with the stars. He opens up his life for all to see (warts and all). the book is very charismatic and hynotic to read and thoroughly enjoyable. He is a very talented writer and the book has been written very well indeed, we can only hope for a second installment from him! One of best books I have read in years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct. 2003
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Have just finished reading this fantastic book and would definitely recommend it for music lovers everywhere. Even if you are not a rock music lover it is a fascinating account of Micheal Francis' life on the road with various rock bands/singers and gives a great rare insight to how these people live their amazing day to day lives - definitely not one to be missed!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2004
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This is one of those books that once you pick it up, you have difficulty putting it down. A well written and fascinating account of a Camden lad who is the son of the world famous boxing trainer George Frances. He gets his break when Paul McCartney asks him to do some minder work. The people he meets along the way reads like a who’s who of the entertainment world and includes Elvis, Ali, Cher and Bon Jovi to name a few. The style of writing is excellent and a bit like a boxing bout itself – it packs a punch every paragraph. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Prout on 3 Feb. 2004
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I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Francis while he was working on the Kiss Tour. Although I found him very interesting at the time I had no idea of the Amazing things his done and experienced. This book is and inside backstage and VIP party pass to what its like behind the scenes touring with some of the most well known rock stars in the business. If your a rock fan or just want to read an interesting story of a mans life I recommend this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron Krasinski on 14 Jan. 2004
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Mr. Francis is remarkable. His keen observations and insights make this a fun experience. His memory is very sharp considering all his mind altering days. Although, I hear that can help your memory, too. It did mine, maah ! He was there with the kings of Rock'n'Roll. Living it. And covering there asses. Most effectively, I might add. These stories are priceless, and it's a good read. This is the real inside stuff. Fine Work Danny ....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By king_dezeeuw06 on 4 Sept. 2005
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Michael Francis has toured the world as personal body guard to Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Cher, George Michael, Kiss and many others, 'Star Man' focuses largely on his many interesting experiences he had while protecting his clients.
Michael Francis is in a prime position to dish the dirt on many of rock and pops biggest names, but either because of legal reasons or a sense of loyalty to his former employers, he doesn't ever really descend into the warts and all detail seen in Motley Crue's 'The Dirt'. Which is a little disappointing, especially since the books forward promises this.
Francis spent a large part of his career working for Bon Jovi, so a lot of the book is about his experiences on the Bon Jovi tours. He tells surprising stories of excessive womanising, drugs and misbehaviour that you may not of expected from a band with such a clean-cut reputation as Bon Jovi. But in most of the dirtier, seedier stories he doesn't tend to name names and just says 'a member of the band', which is a little disappointing.
It comes across that Francis is a nice guy and perhaps doesn't really want to humiliate or get his old friends into trouble with their wives and police. You also get the impression that he doesn't express his true feelings about certain events or people, this arguably defeats the objective of writing such a book
But this does not mean that 'Star Man' is not an entertaining read, his unique perspective on certain rock stars personalities and behaviour is always interesting, and you wouldn't believe some of the crazy experiences he has had.
Francis position gave him a great opportunity to reveal many shocking and surprising revelations about rocks royalty.
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