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Sing Lofty: Thoughts of a Gemini Paperback – 1 Oct 1999
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Unfortunately most of it is a very dull read.
What makes the book is just how terrible it is, it is patently obvious that it has not been edited professionally and is littered with repetitions. The author even admits he might be repeating himself but can't be bothered to check!. The book drips bile, mainly directed at the modern TV types who fail to utilise his talents. His descriptions of media types are laugh out loud material.
Surely there cannot be any other autobiography in history where the author: a)Mentions an incident and then says he doesn't want to talk about it; b)Skirts over his most famous professional relationship and C) barely mentions his wife and family.
A modern classic worth every penny.
Where do you start? The third-person introduction? The fact that he doesn't even mention his birth name (Ronald Edwards) until page 98? The sudden and meaningless rants against modern society (the infamous "tight crotched morons")? The final 100 pages being the world's most boring list of professonal dates which might as well been copied straight from his desk diary? The grand total of three showbiz anecdotes, one of which appears twice? The repeated, unending praise for Rochdale Town Hall, one of the finest in the country? If there's one thing he was good at, it was the non-sequiturs. He could change direction like nobody on Earth: "I went back to give my marriage a second chance, but it didn't work out. About the same time, speed king Donald Campbell was killed in his Bluebird."
If there's one thing you can say in praise of Sing Lofty it's that the author is devastatingly honest. I implore you to go and find this book, for it is a true gem amongst a crowded field of smug, self-satisfied autobiogs, and for that it gets five stars.
He skirts over his most famous working relationships and shows and the sum total of half passable showbiz anecdotes in the book is 2.
An essential read. If Alan Partridges first book (the one in the TV series) was real it wouldn't be half as bad as this tripe.
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Kept hearing how bad this was so wanted to see for myself . An odd book goes off on tangents all the timePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by Anji Prudence