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  1. says:

    As a denizen of both Billys and Blitz early New Romantic nightclubs albeit one of the least fashionable of the regulars and

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    For those of you loosely in the Gen X cohort this book will bring back memories and fully sate your desire for gossip about the likes of Culture Club Wham and others born of the androgynous post punk era of coiffed and heavily made up protest that was 1980s London But even if you’re not into the ‘80s any biography offers a certain insight

  3. says:

    This was an interesting book about Gary Kemp's life prior to the beginnings of Spandau Ballet and beyond I grew up in the '80s so remember a lot of the bands mentioned in this book Depeche Mode Duran Duran Culture Club and

  4. says:

    A tremendous biography from Gary He writes from memory and the heart A fine review of his own personal history and Spandau Balletts'His humility when discussing his experience at Live Aid when all the other acts s

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    I wasn't a huge fan of Spandau Ballet but I really enjoyed this Very well written with some real moments of poignancy The story of his journey from being given a cheap guitar one Christmas and being jealous of the toys his younger brother received through his epiphany and the formation of the band To come from such humble origins and achieve all that he'd achieved both with the band and as an actor is the kin

  6. says:

    Loved thisCouldn't put this book down nearly cried at the death of his parentsonly complaint was his description of his split from his first wife was little than one sentence

  7. says:

    Loved this book couldn't put it down I own a copy of soul boys of the western world and this leads you up to it

  8. says:

    Interesting for us 80’s freaks but got a bit boring a lot of reasons being cited for not doing as well as their Brummy counterparts All about the songsdeals and albums nothing really juicy

  9. says:

    DisappointingLove Spandau Ballet and Gary's work But as auto biographies go i was disappointed Felt he revealed very little about his life Sorry

  10. says:

    Gary writes in a way that allows me to feel his compassion his regret and his love Beyond the band and the 80's he writes of the importance of strong family relationshipsFor example his muse gives him a book p169 She gave me a gift I wanted to tell my two rivals but kept it a secret between us It was a book I read it as though she were rea

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Read é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Æ Gary Kemp

Gary Kemp’s story begins in North London where the Kemp family rented a home with no bathrooms and chickens in the yard After a couple of failed attempts to kill his brother Martin his parents gave him a guitar for ChristmasFrom schoolyard battles between the Bowie Boys and the Prog Rockers to Mrs Kemp’s firm insistence on net curtains and from acting for the Children’s Film Foundation to manning a fruit and veg stall on Saturdays Gary brilliantly evokes an upbringing full of love creativity and optimismAs the Thatcher years begin Gary’s account of the. For those of you loosely in the Gen X cohort this book will bring back memories and fully sate your desire for gossip about the likes of Culture Club Wham and others born of the androgynous post punk era of coiffed and heavily made up protest that was 1980s London But even if you re not into the 80s any biography offers a certain insight into the human condition and Kemp s reflections on births deaths and relationships are as evocative as his passionate prose about music OK I need to speed this review up so here is my list of favourite snapshots from this colourful story 1 Kemp and his eually famous brother Martin grew up with loving working class parents in a two room flat in central London When I say two rooms I mean two rooms with a Roald Dahl esue double bed in the living room and a bathroom shared between three families It s hard to imagine upwardly mobile Islington in these terms if you visit its gentrified uarters nowadays 2 The Kemp boys were successful kids despite their humble beginnings Gary was a child actor heading off to the local drama school with the women who would go on to make Birds of a Feather and starring in critically acclaimed British films while Martin was a hot shot footballer up until Spandau got off the ground Gary and Martin would later famously star in The Krays and Kemp describes a fascinating if sinister research trip to Broadmoor Britain s high security prison for criminal nutcases 3 If you re a child of the 80s Band Aid and Live Aid are your where were you when moments Kemp brings to life all the bitchy drug induced competitive shenanigans than underwrote this great event in pop charity history I love that Sting had his driver drop him off around the corner as it wasn t seemly to be dropped at the door of a charity gig in a car worth several thousand Ethiopian meals a rookie mistake made by Spandau and Duran whose hungover rush to the studio from an all night German drinking session could only have happened with the help of private jets and chauffeurs 4 You ll never guess who Kemp dated Patsy Kensit and Sadie Frost Seriously those women seem to have made celebrity marriage a competitive sport listing everyone from Liam Gallagher to Jude Law amongst their ex s For Kemp though Kensit was merely a crush whilst Frost was a marriage and is the mother to his eldest son She provided him with a wild side when he was in a melancholy lull and he gives pages to their whirlwind romance than he does to the meeting of his later longer term partner Frost is the painted mystery girl in the video for Gold whom I d never noticed being too distracted by Tony Hadley and his dapper suit She was also in Bram Stoker s Dracula which I love and was the girl in Pulp s Common People video love love LOVE I have a lot of reasons to want to come back as Sadie Frost in some future time warped incarnation 5 Kemp is famously the writer of the bulk of Spandau songs and by cleverly hanging onto royalty rights the likes of True will probably keep him in ski trips for a long time to come He is a darn good writer of autobiographical vignettes too A typical descriptive phrase I d been forced into a lug of a cigarette in the loos at Ally Pally ice rink by some predatory girls with red knees I watched cross eyed as the thick grey smoke left my mouth like a serpent and they laughed with dry mouths at my inability to take it in Real boys who had girlfriends smoked very seriously Nice description of adolescent angst Gaz 6 Kemp did his fair share of partying in the heady days of pop stardom but there is a refreshing absence of addiction in this story No rehab no crises and a clear headed ability to comment on the toll those things took on his fellow musos His biggest stressor seems to have been managing the legalities and interpersonal euilibrium of the band an inevitable roller coaster for a group of lads who have lived in each other s deep designer pockets since the school yard 7 Kemp s respect for his parents is eually remarkable They supported him uneuivocally throughout his life from sending him off on tour with boil in the bag dinners to making floor space available to the waifs and strays of the London club scene They are the people he always returns to no matter how many millions he has in the bank and it s their shoulders he seeks when a crisis happens It s the kind of relationship I can only hope to emulate with my own kids His description of their deaths is moving and romantic how lucky he was to be near them when it happened rather than gallivanting in pop star land I couldn t put this down once I got stuck in and I couldn t wait to download a Best Of album once I d finished As Bob Geldof states on the cover blurb with characteristic candour Great bloke great band great book A full review of this book can be read at

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Ould be hired for video shoots and through it all Gary records the wonderful friendships and the slowly building tensions that would eventually see five old friends facing each other in court‘I Know This Much’ tells the story of Spandau Ballet but it’s far than a book about being in a band Whether it’s meeting Ronnie Kray before filming ‘The Krays’ sketching out the fashions and subcultures of the day or hanging out with Princess Diana this book offers a story on every page And all the so because it’s all written – brilliantly – by Gary himsel.

Read é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Æ Gary Kemp

Outrageous London club scene centred around the Blitz and Billy’s is just sizzling Out of this glamorous mayhem of kilt wearing mascara’d peacocks would emerge Spandau Ballet – the band that would define the era and hold high the victorious standard of the New RomanticsGary’s thrilling journey with Spandau Ballet would see them record worldwide hits such as ‘True’ ‘Gold’ and ‘Through the Barricades’ play the biggest stadiums in the world and take to the stage in togas when their luggage gets lost in flight Stallions supermodels and dwarves w. I wasn t a huge fan of Spandau Ballet but I really enjoyed this Very well written with some real moments of poignancy The story of his journey from being given a cheap guitar one Christmas and being jealous of the toys his younger brother received through his epiphany and the formation of the band To come from such humble origins and achieve all that he d achieved both with the band and as an actor is the kind of story that all kids should read Thanks for sharing Gary