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Straight [Kindle Edition]

Boy George
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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""Well-endowed with a shafting wit, Straight communicates and expresses the energy of an intelligent anarchist holding an anti-bullshit device. "" (The Guardian)

""George is a first-class gossip with a stirringly viperish tongue. Straight never fails to entertain or provide food for thought."" (The Daily Telegraph)

""The best book I've read in a long while. I read it twice in one sitting - it made me howl with laughter and burst into tears."" (Paul O'Grady)


"Such a fun read."

" (Sydney Star Observer)

Book Description

The bestselling autobiography of one of the UK's most flamboyant and charismatic stars. Guaranteed to shock, amuse and tantalise.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1370 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (31 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H0CCBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mature book worth reading. 26 May 2005
I found this book a pleasure to read, it is a mature and well written autobiography. Although I'm not a huge fan of Boy George OR Culture Club I found both Take It Like A Man and Straight extremely fascinating and engrossing. I think with his second book he has proved himself to be a talented writer with strong views on spirituality and life, although sometimes it is a bit repetitive, mentioning Madonna one too many times, I think he's right when he says "Thou doth protest too much."
It's a good book, worth a read if you've got nothing else to do.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars George can write! 27 Mar 2005
By Andy
Thank god Straight is not part 2 of the first book Take it like a man. Straight is something completely different. With this book George has proved that he can write an put his complex views and believes about life, sexuality and music in words. Straight is not just a descriptive story about encounters with other celebrities, fights within the band and taking tons of drugs like it was in the first book. George has really developed a complex and intelligent writing style which obviously makes Straight not as plain and simple to read like "news" in the Sun. Georges sharp tongue an wit however makes Straight fun to read and I couldn't put it down. The first book was good, this one is better! The CD that comes with the book has 5 very personal songs on it which George wrote about relationships he had. You will love the song Panic!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BOY is back once again ! 30 April 2005
George continues to prove that he is "ONE OF A KIND"- funny how some people don't like his comments and opinions and claim that no one wants to listen anymore when they clearly do or they would'nt even take the time to comment- hence some of the negative reviews on here.
Boy is truly interesting, intelligent, and a talent unlike any pop star we have ever seen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOY IS BACK IN TOWN 15 Mar 2005
This is everthing one could ever hope for - brilliantly written with experienced rock journo Paul Gorman - and is a further chapter in the life of one of the world's most inspirational and colourful creative personalities. As wicked as ever but always with a sparkle in his eye - STRAIGHT is a worthy successor to TAKE IT LIKE A MAN. You won't be disappointed - this is a terrific rollercoaster of a book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live mama, LIVE! 23 Mar 2005
By A Customer
George takes aim at several sacred cows (pun intended!) such as McDonna, Elton (Dame Panto) John, and George Michael. His comments ring true, as always, and are so funny you'll catch yourself laughing out loud! The only drawback is that some of the chapters seemed to be recycled from his former newspaper column. The most interesting for me were the chapters on Taboo and his life in NYC and the freakies that inhabit that berg. If your a fan, youll buy it no matter what and if your not a fan you wont read it anyways!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Take It Like A Gran 8 Feb 2007
By Clinty
Admittedly, I am not THE biggest Boy George fan - though I follow his progress with interest and raised eyebrows. He has the ability when being creative to entertain and delight. Take It Like A Man was un-put-down-able - as one wanted to hear about the actual events and incidents that took place in his meteoric rise to stardom in the 80's. It was a roller-coaster ride of crazy characters and life changing dramas. A gripping read.

This book, however, seems to be more focused on catty comments and unwarranted opinions, than of actual 'happenings'. Yes, we know you are gay. Yes we know you can't stand Madonna. Yes, we know you are 'controversial'. Nothing new is really covered or ascertained here - except the fact that Boy George comes across as a Queen who has lost her crown and is quite resentful about it too. Even fabulous achievements such as stage show 'Taboo' are marred with a negativity that leaves a nasty taste in ones mouth.

Not half as entertaining or thought-provoking as Take It...... sorry.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
While I loved TAKE IT LIKE A MAN, I think that George's writing on STRAIGHT is even better - deeper, more insightful, eloquent, hard-hitting, and often LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY! Those hoping for a simple "bio" or gossip rehash like much of his first autiobiography might be let down, but if you want to know about George's creative process/thoughts/sensibility, STRAIGHT is a compelling, sometimes heart-breaking read. The moment I received it in the mail, I read it cover to cover, up until 4:30am last night! The BONUS CD is also a keeper - while a bit "indulgent" for pop radio tastes, most of the songs have George's cutting lyrics and strong melodies - but while these may be his most truthful songs he's even penned, I only wish his vocals matched the tone and clarity of his younger days - but alas, we all age. At last George know show to do it gracefully and with signature wit & style. My only complaints? Some of the chapters are a bit brief/abrupt (owing to their previous incarnation as newspaper columns?) and I wish he didn't skip over the recording process of his albums like Martyr Mantas and others - I'd like to know more about his creative process. Final note: living in LA, we sadly never even got the chance to see TABOO on stage - and now that I own both the London & Broadway cast recordings, I can confirm that George was totally slighted in getting the props he deserved for composing one of the most heart-breaking, indelible stage soundtracks of the last 25 years, hands down! Maybe, just maybe, with any luck, someone will have the good sense to finance a DVD version of TABOO so the world can find out what the fans already know: George is the real deal - while other 80s acts keep flogging dead horses with their "I Love the 80s" one-hit-wonders, Mr. O'Dowd definitely likes it...STRAIGHT.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book, a great read.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Cobb
1.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
I was looking forward to reading the book however found BG's writing quite hard going. Focuses so much on Taboo. I wanted to find out more about the person.
Published 5 months ago by LOUISE
5.0 out of 5 stars autobiography lover
As per the title i LOVE autobiographies. i have an eye condition that means reading books became difficult for me UNTIL i purchased a kindle. Read more
Published 6 months ago by lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Although there was a bit of rambling on about his religous beliefs, overall a good read, but, must admit not as good as "Take it like a man". Good on you all the same Georgie.
Published 7 months ago by Toby Macmillan
4.0 out of 5 stars more of Life from The Boy
More of the same from Boy and that's not a compliant. George is always fabulous, confusing and entertaining and that never changes.
Published 10 months ago by S. Cassidy
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
Don't bother. Thought it would offer interesting / funny insights into his life. Wrong it's just plain dull. Don't bother. Big disappointment .
Published 11 months ago by F. Cope
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
If you like Boy George or not this is a great read and a great follow on to his first book 'Take it like a man'
Published 15 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was everything I expected and it brought back some great memories.
A thoroughly great read.
Would definately recommend.
Published 15 months ago by Tonty
1.0 out of 5 stars straight
Boring I loved boy George in his heyday but I just can't get into this book . He just keeps going over and over the same thing and the same people that I have never heard of .
Published 17 months ago by luv books
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
Amazing and amusing.
An insight on contemporary society, totally worth it.
No, NOT just for queers and 80s pop fans.
Published 19 months ago by Cristiana Caprioli
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