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on September 4, 2005
Michael Francis has toured the world as personal body guard to Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Cher, George Michael, Kiss and many others, 'Star Man' focuses largely on his many interesting experiences he had while protecting his clients.
Michael Francis is in a prime position to dish the dirt on many of rock and pops biggest names, but either because of legal reasons or a sense of loyalty to his former employers, he doesn't ever really descend into the warts and all detail seen in Motley Crue's 'The Dirt'. Which is a little disappointing, especially since the books forward promises this.
Francis spent a large part of his career working for Bon Jovi, so a lot of the book is about his experiences on the Bon Jovi tours. He tells surprising stories of excessive womanising, drugs and misbehaviour that you may not of expected from a band with such a clean-cut reputation as Bon Jovi. But in most of the dirtier, seedier stories he doesn't tend to name names and just says 'a member of the band', which is a little disappointing.
It comes across that Francis is a nice guy and perhaps doesn't really want to humiliate or get his old friends into trouble with their wives and police. You also get the impression that he doesn't express his true feelings about certain events or people, this arguably defeats the objective of writing such a book
But this does not mean that 'Star Man' is not an entertaining read, his unique perspective on certain rock stars personalities and behaviour is always interesting, and you wouldn't believe some of the crazy experiences he has had.
Francis position gave him a great opportunity to reveal many shocking and surprising revelations about rocks royalty. Although there are still plenty of sordid stories of rock and roll excess, you feel that there were even crazier stories deliberately left unprinted. You feel that perhaps if Francis was a little braver, or less loyal this book could have even more interesting, so you do sometimes feel like this book is a missed opportunity.
But regardless of that, Francis has lived a fascinating life, had plenty of amazing and varied experiences, and has lots of stories that deserve to be heard, this book might not be as brutally honest or revealing as many would of liked, but it is still a very good read.
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