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on 14 June 2011
Following on from the hilarious You Don't Have To Say You Love Me and Black Vinyl White Powder, this is the bonkers tale of how SNB managed to make Wham! the first Western band to play in China. Living in some luxury with his two (quarrelling, competitive) lovers, SNB gets persuaded to represent Wham! - not really the sort of music he's used to, but it gets him out of his sometimes tense domestic environment. First he has to get them out of their ridiculous contract which guarantees them no money at all for years, then he want to break them in America, where the big bucks are. With (at that point) no obvious USP for the band, he decides that getting them into China will immediately make them well-known all over the world (and will, incidentally, allow him to travel to the Far East a lot - a long-held ambition). And that's why Wham! went to China - PR!

Getting China sorted takes a very long time indeed, during which SNB gets rid of Japan (the band), meets all sorts of shady characters, tussles with Chinese bureaucracy and corruption, struggles to keep Wham! going (they're haemorrhaging money and making hardly anything), and copes with George Michael's suspicion and paranoia about pretty much everything and everybody, and with GM's desire to go it alone just as everything is coming together. And as history shows, come together it does... and SNB can exit without loss (albeit without as much as he might have wished).

I really don't give a toss about Wham! or George Michael - my musical taste was largely formed in the period of SNB's first book, namechecked above. But this book is absolutely brilliant (as are the other two), because SNB is such a engaging and charming character - not a "suit" at all - and he has such interesting adventures on the way, and tells his tale so well. There's any number of doom-and-gloom books about pop/rock music ripoffs, bad times, and deaths (all of true, to be sure), so it's great to read a largely upbeat and amusing tale like this.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 December 2014
Story of how the duo 'Wham' got to perform in China, told by the very interesting character that is Simon Napier-Bell. It's more about him than George and Andrew but you do get to see a bit about what they are like as people.
Simon's adventures with other people are far more interesting.
The language professor who turned out not to really be a language professor takes up a lot of this book, but he's a fascinating man, so I still enjoyed reading this tale. The third of Simon's books about his life in the music industry.
Worth a look.
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on 7 September 2013
Simon is an amazing writer and an altogether great bloke. Engaging, witty and thoughtful insight into the world of artist management and the music industry. Filled with lots of anecdotes and stories to keep you entertained throughout.
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on 13 December 2010
Lots of fun, read through it very quickly laughter and suprise in almost every page...Doubt whether its all true and found a couple of factual mistakes in the book... referring to Botswana as a homeland where Sun City is a case in point. The homelands name was Bophutatswana and Botswana is a proud independent country which has nothing to do with Apartheid and Sol Kerzner... Simon Napier Bell you are the sterotype that I hoped you would be and pity that the grey boring people have taken over from you..
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on 13 June 2016
If you loved Simon's other books, as I did, this is maybe the best of them all. And I hated Wham! This is a real-life story that puts most fiction in the shade. Can't recommend it enough!
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on 7 January 2016
Mr.Napier-Bell is very good storyteller.Of course this is his story(what George and Andrew think about it?).But still very enjoyable read.Must for every fan of Wham! and GM
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on 2 January 2016
Classic biography. Mr. Napier-Bell's work is a pleasure to read.
Now to start on his previous works.
Don't take my word for it...get stuck in.
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on 13 May 2013
Quite fun but reads as if it's been compiled from scraps of notes and is consequently more repetitive than I'd expected
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on 1 April 2016
I have now read 4 of Simons books now love his honest account of his time in the music business
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on 26 June 2015
great service great book
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