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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2005
This book is probably the most open and honest biography that I have ever read , sometimes painfully honest and moving.
Starting with frank recollections of his childhood when his parents split up and the family were always moving around which led to an unsettled time ,and going right throught the heady madness of the Bros era ,to the present day and Matts experience on 'Hells Kitchen', it is an absorbing read and not just a list of Matts achievements which some biographies can be.
He is willing to share his thoughts and feelings of the difficult times after Bros ,when he felt alone and scared of coming back to the UK , after the British press gave him and twin Brother Luke such a hard time.
Answering the question ' Where have you been for the last 6 years?' he dispells the myth that he was on a permanant holiday and reveals that he was in fact working constantly , writing songs for other people and recording albums that unfortunately , due to one record company problem or another, never saw the light of day.
He tells for the first time the real reason that Craig Logan left Bros and they split up and the highs and lows of being SO famous that just walking down a street was a logistical nightmare.You get to hear about the Brossette madness from Matts' point of view , the highs of playing at Wembley Stadium and the good times that he had whilst being in Bros and how Matt feels now that he is once again being accepted by the British press and is enjoying the praise that he deserves with his latest album.
He tells a bit about his personal romantic life , but in the whole prefers to keep a little bit to himself about his relationship with Daisy Fuentes and his life with her in LA.He also is quite reserved in talking about past relationships which in this day of 'kiss & tell' is quite admirable.
He is openly appreciative of the support and dedication that his fans have given him for the last 18 years and tells how Daisy showed him a chat room where his fans were talking about him in their devoted way which spurred him on to return to the UK.
This book is a must read not only for all Bros fans but for those who wish to read an honest , modest and thoroughly enjoyable account of one mans life in Music , a passion which is so strong still for him.I was so thoroughly absorbed by this book that I couldn't put it down and my only complaint about it is that I would've prefered more pictures , but I can reccommend it 100%.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2007
This is the story of Matt Goss's life - as lead singer of the infamous boy band Bros, this book explains how he was practically catapulted to fame at the age of 19 and all of the highs and lows that came with it. It's a fantastic book, if, like me you loved Bros, as it's a wonderful trip down memory lane but even if you weren't a fan it's still a fascinating account of how success can bring both happiness and despair.

Throughout the book Matt's narrative comes across as intensely genuine and very personal. He gives an honest and detailed account of his life and doesn't shy away from revealing how difficult some of the years have been for him. It was wonderful to recall all those old memories about Bros and it was also incredibly interesting to hear their story from Matt's perspective. It's an excellent biography; fascinating, entertaining, funny and also sad in places. I couldn't put it down and finished it thinking what a really nice guy Matt Goss is.

Oh and reading this book prompted me to spend last Saturday morning getting the old vinyl out and playing the Bros albums for the first time in about 16 years - much to my husband's dismay!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2006
I bought this book to learn a little bit more about one of my pop idols from my youth and actually found it lot more than I was expecting. The book has great stories of crazy fans which made me smile but also shares with us the sad things that go with success, fame and fortune. A true eye opener to show there is more to Matt Goss than ripped jeans and beer tops on shoes fashion crazes. This book will make you laugh and cry by the time you come to the end of it.

A must for any Bros fan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I found the book interesting as it provides a snapshot of what it is really like being in a successful band. The story starts by describing the humble background and pain of the singer and his brother linked to the divorce of their parents. The lack of money, the numerous moves from one house to another, the difficulties of having to make new friends at yet another new school, feeling like an outsider. The tone is not pitiful, on the contrary it is very straightforward. It covers the craziness of getting famous so quickly at 18 years old and touring the world surrounded by screaming fans all over the places. Money, cars, luxury hotels, being chased by fans, paparazzi. It is funny to read what some of the fans did to meet Bros (the frozen turkey as a gift was hilarious!!). It must have been insane going from being a small unknown band to heading Wembley Stadium. The ghost writer did a great job at conveying Matt Goss' feelings. The book then carries on with the issues bros faced when the bass player unceremoniously left and sued them for royalties and the problems that came up with their management and the financial meltdown. British tabloids can be very vicious and the disturbing callous choice of cheering the fact Bros were facing difficulties is sickening. The book describes the headlines, how they were haunted by tabloids, paparazzi. It carries on with the decision to move to the US to find some peace of mind. The hard times of not having money, having to sell possessions like watches to survive, the loneliness (going from having a hectic life and 3000 people screaming outside the door to complete silence and not knowing anyone in a big city) and the depression. The book talks about the attempts to find a record deal whilst money was running out, the lack of confidence, the blackout, the three record deals that did not go anywhere, the politics in the music industry up to the UK come back.

It is a very personal book, it does not shy away from talking about how Matt Goss feels uncomfortable in the public eye, unless he is on stage performing his music. this explains the reason he wears hats a lot - to protect himself. The book describes the sense of not being safe that stems from an unstable childhood and a profession that cheers you up one day and tears you apart the next. Matt is now a successful resident in Vegas and looking at his tale and how from the outside fame looks fab when, in fact, on the other side things are not hunky dory is interesting, especially in the celebrity obsessed culture we are living. A very pleasant book. Sometimes it is quite cheesy (people being described as gentlemen all the time, not having any resentment towards the management that ripped them off or having to stay positive regardless the hard times), but it is not a self-pity tale, rather the story of someone who has gone through ups and downs and came out at the other end much stronger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Matt Goss, painfully shy superstar? Well as unlikely as it sounds, that's the crux of the matter. On stage Matt, once lead singer of world-famous boy band BROS, fancies himself a Freddie Mercury the ultimate showman. Privately and offstage this man has always felt a part of himself was missing. He exposes the constant feelings of insecurity and how at times he was unable to cope with his loneliness.

This is a surprisingly complex book. There are a lot of happy memories with many thanks yous, In contrast he tries not to dwell on the disappointments, heartaches and lessons learned the hard way.

I would recommend any wannabees, those contemplating a life in entertainment, to at least scan through this book and take on board the warnings about the heartlessness of some big companies and the poisonous small print on business contracts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Absolutley great read if your a fan or not, very hard to put down and didn't want it to end!. The ups and downs of a life as an artist, some laughs and sad/difficult times this person has been through and is still determined to keep on going!, for his love of music. Hope he brings out another, which I know he has with a childrens book but sadley I have no children but perhaps I will get it for my new nephew one day. Keep up the good work!!I Luv it and most of all this guy deserves it. Also I hope the twins will do a come back even for the fans and perform live one day soon!! As it would be FAB.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2005
This book tells the story of the life of ex BROS front man, Matt Goss. It is a very endearing story which sets off a real rollercoaster of emotions.
It takes you through such highs and lows, from childhood to recent years. Matt is very open and very honest in this book and the read can become quite painful for anyone who has followed Matt over the years - or even new fans.
He speaks of his moneyless childhood and growing up with "Dukus" (Luke), the heartbreaking loss of his sister Carolyn to the rise and fall of a major popstar.
It is a MUST for any BROS or Matt Goss fan and once you pick it up and start reading - you won't want to put it down until you're finished!
Well done Matt - an excellent read, written from the heart!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2005
This book tells the story of the life of ex BROS front man, Matt Goss. It is a very endearing story which sets off a real rollercoaster of emotions.
It takes you through such highs and lows, from childhood to recent years. Matt is very open and very honest in this book and the read can become quite painful for anyone who has followed Matt over the years - or even new fans.
He speaks of his moneyless childhood and growing up with "Dukus" (Luke), the heartbreaking loss of his sister Carolyn to the rise and fall of a major popstar.
It is a MUST for any BROS or Matt Goss fan and once you pick it up and start reading - you won't want to put it down until you're finished!
Well done Matt - an excellent read, written from the heart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2011
This has got to be one of my favourite books of all time. Matt is such a genuine and warm person and is one of my idols. Matt bares his heart and soul in this book and takes you through his highs and lows of his life. I could not put this book down and was quite bereft when I finished it! Please do yourself a favour and read this book. You will see that he is more than a teen idol from the 80's and is a musical genius with so much talent and thankfully much more to bring to the table. I look forward to the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2012
Aw Matt Goss. As beautiful in words as he is in vision and voice. This storey is deep and meaningful and honest, I felt for him and honestly felt like I wanted to hug him at the end. Luv ya Matt
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