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A Great Read By A Great Artist.,
This review is from: Over the Moon: My Autobiography (Doctor Who) (Hardcover)
Its good to read the David Essex life story as it is actually written by him rather than ghosted as many many autobiographies are these days.
We read of his humble beginnings in the East-end that inform his character today. For instance he has always been the sort of artist who is accessible to fans, signing autographs after concerts and staying for a few words afterwards. But essentially a private person blessed with a great talent.
He started off in the China Plates pop group as a drummer. Then he moved on to become a solo singer in the 1960s discovered by his mentor at the time Derek Bowman who was great influence on David in his formative show business days.
The book tells of his big break playing Jesus Christ in "God spell". Before that break he was about to turn his back on show business.
Then came two hit movies "That Will Be The Day" and "Stardust" both of which showed what a strong actor he was and is.
Then of course the hit singles "Rock On" and "Lamplight". Then more hits in the British charts "Gonna Make You A Star" and Hold Me Close". All this success established him as a great British star allowing David to move between different mediums including television, theater, plus a great deal of writing including new album material and scores for shows.
He had a massive theater success in 1978 with "Evita" playing Che to great critical acclaim. All this he took in his stride being true to himself and gaining the respect and affection of the British public.
From then on he toured extensively across Britain and abroad on a yearly basis,often the shows sold out as he often states live concerts are his favorite way to express his song writing and communicate with his legions of fans.
He has recorded many albums with his music moving with the times but still essentially David Essex.
He writes of the hit musical "All the Fun Of The Fair" which has proved another success for him and a great use of his early catalog of hits.
His time on Eastenders is interesting to read about, which his presence increased the viewing figures for the show.
Amongst this he has always been a person whose family and background are very important to him. A West Ham fan and a lover of sport.
In many respects an ordinary man but an extraordinary man to last this long in show business with a phenomenal work rate. I believe its called star quality, which he has in bucket loads together with real lasting talent.