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Sing Lofty: Thoughts of a Gemini Paperback – 1 Oct 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Don Estelle Music Publishing (Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953737713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953737710
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,497,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is an unusual item in that it is a vanity publishing project and as such was the most expensive book I have ever bought.
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.
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Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me on several occasions, and proved a devil to track down. However, perseverance paid off with a truly terrible piece of work. Don seemed a genuinely nice guy who had a wonderful singing voice and was a tremendous acting foil in some well-loved comedies. Alas, he was no writer as "Sing Lofty" proves.

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.
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Format: Paperback
The absolute nadir of the show biz autobiography and therefore a must read. Vitriloic rants against the "morons in white trousers" who won't give Don work, ramblings about Rochdale Town Hall (surely the best town hall in the country?) and a blow by blow account of every venue Don ever did Summer season in.

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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Format: Hardcover
If ever the talents of ghost writers or proof readers were needed to be shown, this is it. Sounding like what I did during the summers holiday, repeating the same anecdotes three times during the book and the unstoppable rants against those who have held back hard working don. But a brilliant read showing how showbiz can drag you up to the heights then leave you forgotten and vacuous at the Spalding flower show. Expressing his unvarnished unchoreographed views and opinions shows a real world view. "You work all your life & never achieve anything, but some congenital idiot can pick six numbers in the lottery, in Great Britain, & walk away with six million pounds." I just wish those faceless wonders masquerading as BBC executives would take their noses out of their blinkered food bags and turn this book into a TV series.
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