Take it Like a Man : The Autobiography of Boy George Paperback
by Boy George
When he was a little boy growing up in Woolwich, the 'pink sheep' of his working-class Irish family, George wanted to be like Shirley Bassey.
As a man, famous for his gender-bending clothes and elaborate make up as much as for his success as the lead singer of Culture Club, he became a media darling and pop icon. And then came fame, and drugs, and a spectacular fall from grace ...Writing with complete honesty, and with his usual biting wit, Boy George chronicles his extraordinary life and times in this highly acclaimed autobiography. 'If there's another book that can top it for bitchiness, sex, glamour, fame and heartache, then Jackie Collins must be the author' Q 'Candid and entertaining ...his public image was wildly at odds with his private self, the self that was living fabulously and wildly, gorging on drugs, food and sex, trashing hotel rooms and brawling with friends' The Times
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages, 16pp b&w photographs
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 10/11/1995
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9780330323628
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Review by Miro
Maybe who Boy George is depends on who's looking? There are so many cross currents in this very frank and entertaining book.His teachers hated him for his insults, laziness, truancy and disruptiveness, and no doubt the police and his victims felt the same way about his petty thieving, violence and trashing of other peoples property. He's quite open about all these things, along with his extreme gay exploits and drug use.From his early days he's an extroverted big mouth showboat (like his father), who only gets encouraged by the London club/gay scene, going from one over the top costume to the next and one obsessive relationship to another. When he launched into music it all came together on Culture Club's 3rd single "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" that went to a U.K. Nº 1chart position after their appearance on Top of the Pops. He shows the inspiration for his successful songs coming out his fear of rejection in relationships (mostly the one with band member Jon Moss) and he describes the downward spiral of his heroin addiction and excruciating recovery after being shocked by the drug deaths of his friends Michael Rudestsky and Mark Vaultier, which is a whole story in itself. There's a mass of egoistic jostling and name calling but this seems to have been the London punk scene of the early 1980's and its all here in his very readable autobiography.
Review by Marlene-NL
It was a sad book. People say it was funny but I did not laugh once. Maybe because it all came close to home. Really enjoyed it though.<br/>Wondering how George is doing now. I checked the Internet and discovered pictures of him having to work on the streets as punishment while loads of photographers were making pictures. He did look horrible.