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on 30 January 2015
Love it love anything about Gary Barlow
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on 22 October 2014
enjoyed the book so much
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on 29 July 2014
In a word fantastic
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on 6 August 2014
A brilliant book.
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on 9 November 2013
I have never been a fan of Take That and remain undeterred from remaining so.
However, I was curious about the primary songwriter in the band and I too admit,
to enjoying a rather eclectic mix of biographies.

At the outset, I had no expectations about the book which I think helped. I found the
book to be interesting, rather than riveting. It is isn't sensationalist and does give
some insight into the magnitude of the practice, the effort and the equipment that
Barlow invested in at an early age. His 'school fees' from being paid to play a wide
range of music from a young age, seemingly set him up to understand chord
progressions, song structure and writing lyrics for popular songs.

There are anecdotes and opinions about band members and a manager who all contribute
and contaminate the bands's success at different times. I felt that Barlow, while irritated
sometimes with the foibles of others, does man up to not pretending to be a saint himself.

He comes across as a fairly serious man, with a real passion for a good melody, the hook in
a song and pop music in general. I can imagine him and Elton John sitting in Elton's Rolls,
listening to CDs of new music for hours. The sound system apparently was good. These two
melody maestros, who both played keyboards, discussing composition of pop songs. Who
wouldn't want to be a fly on the wall?

The battle with materialism, excess and band politics are handled with dignity and doesn't go
on endlessly into point scoring. This is a likeable read, about a decent bloke from the North,
who made good with few resources. He was smart enough to sing with and write for others.
This made him have more influence with a Midas touch. For his efforts, playing his politics
pragmatically, he became wealthy from his contribution to Take That. More so than the other
band members.

His erstwhile wealth, set him up I think to do what he enjoys most and that is to write music
and spend time with his family. Barlow is a fairly self-effacing man, who says enough to get
readers informed without the need for sensationalism. This could prove a little dry for fans
looking for a news story, previously untold. This book meets the modern day requirement of a
'celebrity' bringing out a biography well before retirement. In Barlow's defence, he probably
will continue to have a few careers in his life and this book is not short of content.

If you don't know much about the man (like me) and are curious, then this book should help to
paint your blank canvass. If you are a fan and have followed the media for some time, then I
would wager that there isn't anything breathtaking that is revealed. This is a fairly sanitised,
safe and pleasant book about an unpretentious and hard-working man.
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on 30 November 2014
If you are a fan of the takethat boys & of gary, this book is will join your collection.but after reading a few pages you will notice that there is nothing you havent seen ,read or know of already.so i did'nt read on.it has joined the rest of other well read takethat books though !
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on 3 April 2016
Very good!
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on 2 July 2015
Brilliant
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on 30 October 2014
Excellant
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on 25 October 2014
Good book
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