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Will Young: The Biography [Hardcover]

Erica McPhee
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13 Oct 2005
In February 2002, a star was born. William Robert Young was crowned the first ever Pop Idol, voted for by 4.6 million people and watched by nearly 10 million more. It was the start of a music career which has since been astonishing, both in its critical acclaim and consistent popular appeal. Will is not only successful because of his unique and outstanding voice - it is also the charisma and elegance of the man which has captivated his millions of fans worldwide. His inimitable sound, an extraordinary mix of soul, blues, jazz and pop, has forged him a reputation as one of the most talented and original mainstream British artists for decades, and cemented his position at the top of the music industry. He has won numerous accolades, including two Brit Awards.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd (13 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843171759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843171751
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erica McPhee is a journalist specializing in celebrity news and showbiz interviews. She is also the author of more than ten books, all intimate portraits of popular recording artists.

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1.0 out of 5 stars So what's New? 20 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This unauthorised book is a pleasant enough read, but for the fans of Will Young there is nothing in it that hasn't been seen before. Almost all the information appears to be rehashed information from magazines and newspapers as well as liberal poaching from Will's own (authorised!!) books and large helpings from Will's fansites' message boards.
For the casual fan who may not follow Will's daily activities this book may prove to be quite interesting, but the die hards will probably feel they could have done a better job themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will Young The Biography 10 Sep 2012
By Helen J
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Brilliant buy for all you Will Young fans out there. I have also bought his other book By Public Demand, which is being ordered and not arrived yet, but I'm sure it will be good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All You Want To Know? 23 Feb 2009
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a feelgood book in many ways, directed at Will Young's fans, and nothing wrong in that.

It is heavy on detail about the Pop Idol contest and its immediate aftermath in 2002, filling most of the first half of the book once essential early biographic detail has been dealt with.

The second half details events to 2005 and is unstinting in its praise of Will Young as singer, dancer, actor and general all-round entertainer.

As with many unauthorised biographies, it draws on other sources rather than the principal. It is a great read, but becomes a little unsatisfactory in its lack of critical depth.

This becomes more apparent when compared to a hearing of Will Young's first album. The book says this was completed with Will's creative input and that he shared in the major decisions about its content. Yet the album numbers among its tracks at least five which are heavily heterosexual in content and which, in style, ring untrue with the singer's other work. The album sounds like it conceived for a particular type of male singer (one hesitates to say one PARTICULAR singer) and contradicts the official line quoted by the biography.

This gives the impression of the book being a sanitised crowd pleaser and explains its saccharine feel. Still, not a bad read at all. The style is easy and informative, telling you just the sort of things you'd like to hear about Will Young.
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