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Take It Like a Man: The Autobiography of Boy George [Hardcover]

Boy George , Spencer Bright
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Sep 1995

When he was a little boy growing up in Woolwich, the 'pink sheep' of his working-class Irish family, George wanted to be like Shirley Bassey. As a man, famous for his gender-bending clothes and elaborate make up as much as for his success as the lead singer of Culture Club, he became a media darling and pop icon. And then came fame, and drugs, and a spectacular fall from grace . . . Writing with complete honesty, and with his usual biting wit, Boy George chronicles his extraordinary life and times in this highly acclaimed autobiography.

'If there's another book that can top it for bitchiness, sex, glamour, fame and heartache, then Jackie Collins must be the author' Q

'Candid and entertaining . . . his public image was wildly at odds with his private self, the self that was living fabulously and wildly, gorging on drugs, food and sex, trashing hotel rooms and brawling with friends' The Times

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First U.S. Edition edition (Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060173688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060173685
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BOY, WHAT A READ 13 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Having been a fan of george for many years, I first read this book expecting to find stories of fame,glitter, showbiz parties and general excess. All of that was there, but so much more. Who would have thought that 'The Queen Mum' of 80's pop would have lived through so much. We all know about his drug addiction, the fall from grace and love affairs, but there is so much he reveals that you would never have believed. The bloody fist-fights, his days as a punk, his manic friendships. George has been reborn, not in a religious sense, but as a man who can take his past demons and turn them into a story that will shock, entertain and more often than not make you laugh with his frank and witty observations and confesssions. Roll on the sequel.........?
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5.0 out of 5 stars By George, I Think He's Got It! 4 Jan 2004
I recently read his autobiography after seeing George's Broadway show Taboo. His book went into real depth on his entire life growing up and being made fun of by the kids at school and then moving to London when he was 15. Living poor and from house to house while clubbing every night, you see where he develops his style and attitude. The book allows you to see inside his relationship with Jon Moss and what was really going on as they produced those classic pop hits. Boy George doesn't spare a detail on his love life or friendships and the tricks they all played. He says exactly what's on his mind and after his drug problem and overcoming that, you still see he's scarred and hurt and so very human. He's an inspiration and this book i COULD NOT put down! A MUST-READ for any 80's or Culture Club fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take it from George - this is a MUST! 14 Sep 2000
By A Customer
As someone who was very much around at the time, and a big fan of Culture Club, I found this absolutely un-putdownable. It's a real roller-coaster of emotions, and you really have to take your Rasta hat off to George for being so frank and unequivocal in this account of his rocky road from rags to riches and then his descent into drug-addicted ruin. For anybody who remembers those crazy days of the eighties, there are some funny and wildly entertaining memories to relish, as well as some startling revelations that complete this jigsaw of his colourful life. Some of his exploits seem so implausible that you could be forgiven for thinking this is fiction, and you have to wonder if some of it has been embellished by George's own imagination, but the grim last quarter of the book pulls no punches at all in the telling of his drug addiction and the destructive, heartbreaking end to his affair with Jon Moss. Best of all though, there's no question that George has pulled himself together and there's a real sense of optimism and hope at the end. A true and honest testament that life can be good again, even for someone who has hit rock bottom. One of the best showbiz autobiographies ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I was unable to put this book down from the very first page. Some parts are very funny while others have you feeling so sorry for George. I think that this is the best autobiography i have read by far. A brilliant book it's just a shame that he didn't write more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 10 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Boy George is not only the best singer in pop of the last 20 years, he is also one of the most honest personalities as well. Coming from the man himself, this is a book where he tells all about his life and his loves. Find out the truth from this book, not the tabloids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read without prejudice. 19 Nov 2000
The lead singer of the superb eighties pop group Culture Club remains one of the most fascinating people in music. His refusal to hide his sexuality and conform to masculine expectations at a time of great prejudice is an inspiration to all people, gay or otherwise. Boy George writes about his life, his loves and his beliefs in this brilliant book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - a must read 16 Feb 2006
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I have always been fascinated by Boy George's persona, and always loved his voice. So I thought I would give this book a try. And am I glad I did..... I can honestly say it's a long time since I haven't been able to easily put a book down. And quite unheard of for me - turning off the television early to get back to reading it.
Its a brave and courageous, "warts and all" account of his fame, character (the flaws, as well!), and his fall into drugs.
Others might have fallen, but Boy George picked himself up and rebuilt his life, that shows strength of character and determination. Well done Boy George.
I would recommend this book to anyone.
I am now ordering the follow-up and can't wait for it to arrive so I can continue his life story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" Book! 5 Oct 2004
I was never a 'FAN' of Culture Club, but was facinated by Boy George's Life.
It is absolutely riviting!
A very honest and open book detailing the rise of his career, his loves and his drug-fuelled downfall.
If you only by one book in your entire life, it HAS to be this one.
Its worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 24 days ago by eileen rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fans book
I truly great read....I am reading the book during my work break times. It takes you back to your youth via someone else's experiences.
Published 4 months ago by R. Trematick
4.0 out of 5 stars One for 80s lovers
Great read, very amusing and blast from the past for some of us! (Showing my age now). I'm sure you will love it too.
Published 5 months ago by Nina Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars great story very heart felt
I love George, I grew up in south east London, Its a very honest book about living and growing up
Published 8 months ago by Mr. S. J. Dermody
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it as a man book
The Book is George O'dowd's early life from ling at home with he's Irish parents and hes days living in squats and going out too the Blitz Club,people like Steve Strange and Rusty... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alawes
Second - hand book purchased as a gift for my (adult!) daughter's Birthday - delivered in very good nick, excellent value. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gareth Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Excellent writing.
Juicy stories.
Laughter, anger or tears: not a page fails to bring emotion ever.
The hilarious, tragic and magic of a contemporary icon. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Cristiana Caprioli
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good .
Quite real i think though it's to evolved around the drug issue but then again it was the main problem for him in those years. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it like a man.
I know it's a cliche but it is unputdownable.Brilliant auto-biography, funny, tragic, tender, insane and thought-provoking. Left me wanting more.
Published on 3 May 2011 by wendy-woo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
I havnt even finished the book yet, but I find it hard to put down. I was recommended the book by a friend not knowing anything about boy George and it's brilliant. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2010 by Raven
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