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My Take Paperback – 4 Jun 2007
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`A must-read for fans' -- Sunday Express
`Entertaining ... Barlow makes an unfailingly reliable narrator' -- Sunday Times
`Gary dishes the all the dirt on our favourite 90s boyband. An
absolute must for all hardcore Take That devotees' -- Heat
`This is an honest and down-to-earth read' -- Natasha Harding, The Sun
`Witty, likeable' -- New Statesman
From the Publisher
Gary Barlow's autobiography, a frank, revealing look at
behind-the-scenes of one of Britain's biggest bands by its lead singer. The
paperback is updated with the story of the comeback of all comebacks.
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I, like so many other people, watched the Take That documentary and was instantly transported back to a time where I wore denim dungarees and Susst beanie hats and dreamt Gary Barlow was going to come to Northern Ireland and pick me to be his girlfriend!
In terms of his autobiography, his honesty and grace did little to dimiinsh my fondness for him, in fact it only strengthened it. And whilst I don't dream he'll come and get me anymore, I still felt a type of pride at the way he wrote the book and admitted his flaws and his talents.
The fact that he admits he could have done more to help the youngest member of the band before he decided to leave and ultimately didn't, makes him very human.
As does the fact he can admit he found it very hard for his ego to hand over responsibilty for any songwriting, lead singing or choosing the direction to go in.
What I hadn't known about him was the work he'd done since being a child to get to this point and his irrevocable love for progression, betterment and understanding everything within songwriting, performing and the record industry.
Also that he can talk about the great and wild times they had as a five piece when they were openly adored by swarns of girls wherever they went is another sign of the fact he was just a boy from a small place amazed and delighted to be thrust into a crazy world.
His account of his down times are very honest and must have been hard for him to revisit. Plus he writes openly and honestly about his wife, children and family showing us that at the end of the day what you have can be measured by the love you get from your family.
I'm delighted that he and Robbie are now on good terms. I'm delighted Take That are back as a 4piece and selling out arenas quicker than they did the first time round and sharing equally the songwriting and the styling.
And I am also delighted I read this book because literally it is a very good read, and for those of us who grew up in the era of Smash Hits and 17 it gives us a glimpse of the man Gary Barlow has become.
I'll wait patiently for the next installment in 15 years time.
His comments on his Manager, Nigel Martin-Smith are absolutely hilarious! Gary has such a great sense of humour.
He talks about his personal life and his public life in a very honest way, the book includes some wonderful photos for Take That fans. Gary is not afraid to admit his faults along the way and I admire his honesty.
It is clear he is a committed family man and they in turn are totally devoted to him.
This book deals with his feelings about the current Take That revival which is proving to be a massive success.
Recommended reading - LONG OVERDUE FOR TAKE THAT FANS
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