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Tramp's Gold [Hardcover]

Michael Caine , Johnny Gold
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24 Oct 2001
Tramp has been one of the world's most exclusive night spots for 30 years. In this biography, the club's founder tells (with some startling revelations) of his rise from humble beginnings to become a pivotal player among the glitterati, numbering scores of celebrities among his closest friends.

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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd (24 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861054521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861054524
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Tramp has given me more research than I can handle and that's really something. Thirty years of secrets. And Johnny Gold knows where every body is buried.' Jackie Collins

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5.0 out of 5 stars The witty inside story of Swinging London. 3 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Never judge a book by its cover. When I picked up Tramp's Gold and saw the picture of the author garlanded with celebrities, I suspected it was just going to be a roll-call of superior name dropping.
So I nearly dropped the book back on its pile, until I read a few pages about a young Jewish boy growing up in bombed Britain and it read, I do not exaggerate, better than Ballard's Empire of the Sun.
There is a whole social history here contained within one man's experiences of the second half of the 20th Century. Rarely has National Service in Germany been so amusingly recalled; or so poignantly, when Gold reveals he discovers he is playing rugby on the fields by Auschwitz.
Why did you never come home for leave during two years? the customs man asks him on his return. Because if I did, I would never have gone back, replies Gold. That encounter - like so much in the book - reveals his emotion with brevity and wit.
I didn't know he was the primary source for the Time Magazine piece that annointed London the swinging city of the sixties.
The subsequent three decades are crammed with insightful social history: a student of the time would learn more from Gold's book than a dry history of political changes at Westminster.
From The Beatles to Sinatra, from George Best to Tiger Woods, from Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon to Dodi and Di, Mr Gold has a fresh story about each character - never malicious, usually hilairious, and always as absorbing as the book itself.
I couldn't drop it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Solid Gold 30 Jun 2014
By ZOFH
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A highly informative but extremely entertaining account of the world famous Private Member's club by the original founder. You can almost smell the glitz, glamour and decadence of Hollywood; but Mr Gold writes anecdotally with such honesty, humanity and great humour - that it's never pompous but refreshingly self-deprecating. The foreword is written by none other than the legendary Sir Michael Caine; and the author also thanks the world famous novelist Jackie Collins. The book zings along similarly to her work. So it's possible she gave the author some tips. If you're going away on holiday or just want an uplifting read - this book's for you. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK 11 Sep 2008
By KazzieM
Format:Hardcover
Nice chap, nothing exciting, his recount of growing up was far more rivetting than anything he writes about regarding his Tramp years.

Just lots of famous accounts of what people would do in a club ~ they turn up, dance, drink and have fun. But, as I say, a nice chap, done well. Pleasant read.

Or maybe I missed the point of this book....
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