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The Man Who Sang Blockbuster [Paperback]

Brian Thomas Manly
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: SomehitwonderS (1 Jun 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956224903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956224903
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Biography of Brian Connolly, lead singer in the pop/rock band "Sweet" - famous in the seventies.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What no proofreading???? 29 Mar 2010
As a huge fan of The Sweet, I was delighted to stumble upon this book on Amazon. The content is absorbing and the story of the formation and subsequent disintegration of the band keeps the reader's interest throughout.
However, there are spelling and/or grammatical errors on just about every single page from the introduction onwards. Steve Priest's name is spelt Preist on the first page and that error sets a trend for the rest of the book. I wonder if the book was dictated and automatically typed by a computer? Clearly nobody checked it before it went to print, and the numerous mistakes start to irritate and ultimately distract the reader beyond belief, to the extent that one starts each new page waiting to spot the first error.
The carelessness with which the book has been put together is a real shame - how about a reprint without these issues???
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The man who wrote 'The Man Who sang Blockbuster' 8 April 2010
By G. Reed
This book is an expensive, though slight, 'turkey' of a book. I was so looking forward to reading it, as I adored the Sweet as a boy, and still do. It's very much a 'fanboy' book, badly written with no great attention to detail (as highlighted in a previous review - Steve 'Preist'? Come on....). Actually, not much detail at all; there was very little in this book that wasn't already in the public domain. That said, while certain contributors get a gratitude name check, there are no notes naming sources of the information contained in the book either.

The book is shallow and superficial, and unfortunately, the writer lets his obvious love of the band and especially the subject matter (Brian) cloud his views, and his writing.

The writer would appear to want to 'big up' Sweet, by roasting Queen, a group I also liked. Comparing the two and trying to make an unconvincing case with little to back up or support the view that Sweet were bigger or better, doesn't cut it. The facts don't support that. For the most part Queen were the bigger and more successful group; they lasted longer than Sweet, sold more product, had more hits, and had more hit albums. 'Bigger in Germany', or Scandinavia, with no disrespect to either country and their Sweet fans, doesn't convince anyone.

Where was the view of Connolly's early life? Is no one from his adopted family available to interview? Were they even contacted? Did he have no friends that he grew up with who could be traced? His whole early life is almost totally ignored. The lack of serious research into areas such as this screams out to the reader 'No info on this and can't be bothered to delve further'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a wasted opportunity. 6 Feb 2011
When an author gives his own book a 5-star review, you know you're in trouble.

I loved Slade and The Sweet - they began my musical education. Should a biography of the band or individual members be written? Of course. Sadly, such is the fickle nature of fame, a major publisher would probably pass. So, we're left with a vanity or self-published work. Nothing wrong with that - but why ruin it by not bothering to correct the manuscript?

'Harefield' or 'Harefiled'? You'll get both on the same page. Is Pat Benatar's surname 'Benetar' or 'Benatar'? Both versions are within one paragraph. Why, every time the band Mud is mentioned, is the entire name capitalised? It's BASS guitar, not 'base'; Steve wore his best suit not 'suite', Brian would lose it all, not 'loose' it all and I'm sure Brian changed his name by deed poll, not 'pole'!

Why do I know the author wrote his own review? Because it contains similar mistakes to ones found in his book - "Lacks a bit in the BEGGINING on Brian Connolly's childhood" [Ouch!]
"He tells Brian and all the bands story..." [No, the `band's' story. Mr. Manly has a major dislike for the apostrophe].
"he did his best to carry on and sing while very un well." [No, 'unwell', just as, in the book, you should have walked downstairs to see your hero, not 'down stairs'; whatever not 'what ever'].

'Spellcheck' would have picked up most of these. If you're going to self-publish, you'd hope you'd make a supreme effort to proof and copy-edit more meticulously than most.

I really wanted to like this book and applaud Mr. Manly for doing it but my enjoyment was spoiled by silly errors which really could and should have been picked up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Sang Blockbuster 24 Feb 2013
The book was very interesting, as I am a big fan of BC. However, my enjoyment was a bit spoiled by the standard of writing, i.e., too many spelling and grammar mistakes. I am wondering if I got a copy of the first draft?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account of a singing legend 22 July 2009
A very thought provoking account of the life of one of the greatest singers that ever lived. 'The man who sang Blockbuster' tells the story of Brian Connolly, charasmatic lead singer and frontman with Sweet.
From his adoption as a baby, the launch to superstardom, his battle with drink, to his last sad days as he succumbed to illness.
Brian Manly's book is a must for any Sweet fan.
The book is very well written, and flows seamlessly from chapter to chapter encompassing the many trials and tribulations of being a top rock star constantly in the spotlight. Brian also tells of a chance meeting with the singer in his later years that had a very unexpected twist that almost left his illusions shattered.
This is a great book, not everyone will agree with some of the opinions, but nevertheless, I very much enjoyed it. This should be a very worthy addition to any rock fans' library
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