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Dancing in the Darkness Kindle Edition
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'Dancing in the Darkness' is an engrossing autobiography that often finds itself at odds with the established shibboleths of writing such a work. Frankie Poullain, aided by his Polish Cleaner-cum-therapist, sets out to write a self-help book drawing from his experiences and mistakes.
What you get is a refreshingly honest, warm, self-depticating, quirky and humorous jaunt through Poullain's unconventional first 41 years, predictably with mouth-aghast tales of rock'n'roll excess, and less so the truths and philosophies conveyed, often apologetically, that elevate it above most accounts of its kind. The chapter 'How To Lose Sight of Yourself' in particular is moving in its wisdom.
As well as possessing insight, sharpened by the awkwardness the author undoubtedly feels, he is able to spectate when others are consumed, hitch along for the ride rather than be the driver (unless popping to the shop for an Indian takeaway). Frankie is perfectly placed to analyse the trappings and pitfalls of being in a multi-platinum shifting International rock outfit, always as an outsider; the force behind the book somehow manages to be centrafugal and centrapetal at the same time.
Poullain has a keen sense of the absurd, complimented by the many illustrations that accompany the text, and he himself is only too aware of the absurdity of a bookish and sentitive type like himself ending up in a band like the Darkness. The book is therefore deliberately littered with contradictions and oxymorons.Read more ›
A mind expanding romp with Frankie, the favourite with 'The Darkness' fans.
It's not just about his time with the band. He takes us on a hugely entertaining tour of his life's ups and downs.
He's more than a rock star. He's also a very funny, quirky and self effacing writer.
Just look at a few of the chapters...
... How to Clone The Gene of Misfortune
... How to Pleasure Humanity Inappropriately
... How to Teach Someone a Lesson You'll Never Forget
Some of his observations had me laughing out loud.
Anyway... geddit! and you will.
Garth Robins x
I remember it well. Stood there in the third row, left shoulder literally cooking in the sun that shone over Knebworth that summers day in 2003 (I still have a big patch of freckles to show for it too!), refusing to give up my prime spot to find my friends who were in possession of the much-needed sunblock, simply because I HAD to see this truly amazing band who I'd seen a video of only the day before. On that day as Justin, Dan, Ed and the glorious tache-bearing legend that was, and still is, Frankie Poullain, showed the throng exactly what The Darkness had to offer this otherwise miserable world you were just left with a euphoric feeling that this was the future, that anything was possible and that it would be that way forever now that they had arrived.
Of course such things are but folly to think and a mere 18 months later on a December night at Wembley Arena I could just sense that something was amiss and that it was all about to come crashing down around us...and I wasn't wrong. Frankie soon departed and the band took the title of their second album a little too literally...taking a one way ticket to 'hell' (they just forgot the 'and back' bit as they decided to disband).
The world became dark and gloomy once more....Read more ›
Written before the Darkness reformed, a must for a rock fan!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This guy is an absolute bass playing legend.
Read this book and it will make you 83.6% more attractive. Being in the mere presence of it will guarantee to get you laid.
Interesting insight into the rise and disintegration of one of the UK's most exciting bands. Poullain has a brisk and light writing style, which made this a whiz to read through. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carrot
Great book and the order came quickly, the book was in perfect condition and the price was great!!! Not a single complaint to sayPublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by m.herdson
Dancing in the Darkness
This is a brilliant read. During his reign in The Darkness he hardly spoke a word, now unearth the fascinating and hilarious backstory of the... Read more
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