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Tainted Life: The Autobiography [Paperback]

Marc Almond
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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6 Oct 2000
Marc Almond's story features a larger than life cast of characters. It recounts his de rigeur plunge into drink, drugs and debauchery as well as being an intimate portrait of the star-making personalities of the 1980s.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (6 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330372017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330372015
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you liked 'Take It Like A Man' by Boy George, you'll probably enjoy Marc Almonds account of his antics in the 80's and 90's. He writes frankly about the friends, musicians, producers, record company bosses and general 'hangers on' with whom he surrounded himself. An odd mix of self depreciation and total belief that he is a 'star'. You dont need to be an a Soft Cell or Marc Almond fan to enjoy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unputdownable Read 7 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Marc Almond show's that he has a real flair for writing and comes over as funny as well as a great musician. He certainly doesn't pull any punches about the depths he sunk to in the drug world and could possibly be the first pop ecstacy junkie in the U.K. alway's a trend setter Marc...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertain me... 16 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Marc reveals himself warts and all in a highly entertaining auto-biography. His account of the "art-terrorists" at Leeds Poly, though only 2 or 3 paras long, is a hoot - though shocking too to the animal-lover in me. His conversational style is engaging, though too often he uses cliches and tautologies - all deaths are "sad" or "tragic", someone does something with "serious determination" (when was determination ever frivolous?)
He's very insightful on the nature of fame and not afraid to reveal his petty side: he didn't like Rowan Atkinson's Not The 9 o'clock News skit on him - and didn't understand it either - so calls Atkinson's talent into question. ("He" answered the interview while miming to a tape that kept slowing down and speeding up - some at the time wrongly imagined ALL electronic bands' performances were recorded).
Despite my reservations on style, it's an absorbing and substantial read, well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Candid & Entertaining... 4 Aug 2012
By Spike
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The 80's was my era and having quite recently read (& loved!) both Boy George's & Steve Strange's literary offerings I was expecting great things with Marc's story and although this is not quite as good as the aforementioned tomes, I felt that Marc gave an earnest, forthright, emotional and personally responsible view of his childhood, his outrageous years at art school, the rise and fall of Soft Cell and his solo career, in an intimate and conversational way, that proved both captivating and informative.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tainted Life 20 Aug 2011
By Bing
Format:Paperback
I was very pleased with this purchase. The book was exactly as described by the seller and arrived quickly and in good order. I would have no hesitation in buying from this seller again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 8 Feb 2002
Format:Paperback
This is certainly the best autobiography I have read for a long time. Marc has not used a ghostwriter, which gives the book a greater intimacy - and he certainly writes well.
Whether you care for his music or not I recommend this book highly as it gives a lucid insight into the highs, lows and excesses of the pop world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant one - on - one view of marc's life 31 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book focuses on Marc's llife from where he grew up in Southport to his Soft Cell days and present day. It is a fantascinating book that any fan should buy because you get to know the real marc - the truth that you do not here in the papers!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great work.
An honest, no holes barred autobiography. Detailed account of a singer I disliked in his heyday, but thoroughly respect and enjoy now, since reading and listening to his work.
Published 6 months ago by D. Deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious!
Absolutely fantastic. One of the best music autobiographies I have ever read. What else to say except 'read it', even if you only know some of Marc's music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by GB100
5.0 out of 5 stars Marc Almond
Very pleased with the condition of the book received, have started reading and find it very interesting unable to put it down at the moment.
Published 15 months ago by Paul Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars give it a go
marc takes the reader on a roller coaster ride which is his life,extremely well written,Marc's sense of humour shines through,considering some of the events along the way it's a... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Entertaining
I love well-written and long books, so this fit the bill reasonably well. It's full of anecdotes about Marc's colourful life and evokes the early 80s really well. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2006 by malbecco
2.0 out of 5 stars where's the juice?
I bought this book because i like reading about the highs and lows and all the extravagance of The Eighties. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2004 by Deloris VanCartier
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
I read this on my morning and evening commute, and every now and then couldn't help but blurt out a chuckle. Don't get me wrong, this book takes you through the highs and the lows. Read more
Published on 27 July 2004 by M. Welch
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