Freaky Dancin', Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is a story of Bez, the man with the maracas and Shaun Ryder's sidekick in the Happy Mondays.

Bez was the embodiment of the eighties 'Madchester' scene - when asked by a journalist why he took so may drugs he replied, 'It's my job.' Freaky Dancin' is a rollercoaster ride through the excesses of rock 'n' roll.

It is also the story of how a petty criminal, with no future, got up on stage one night at The Hacienda and found himself famous. 'No one has truly and more fully lived the rock lifestyle since The Who's Keith Moon.

This is the most honest, funny, outrageous, drug-fuelled rollercoaster of an autobiography since Howard Marks.

A cult classic.' Mirror 'Bez emerges as a dangerous lunatic whose entire life is motivated by the pursuit of drugs.

But, like his book, he's almost impossible not to like.

Top one.' Mix Mag 'Bez presents his life as a triumph against the odds, the pills and thrills of a hyperactive kid who couldn't settle on anything except drugs and petty crime but fronted one of the most important bands of the past ten years.' The Times 'Bez's life story reads like that of a man who stole the world, sold it, bought it back on the cheap, and then left it on the back of a written-off jeep somewhere in the Caribbean.' New Musical Express


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Rock & Pop music
  • ISBN: 9780330481977

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I love this book. It made me laugh a lot. Bez is a brilliant narrator and has truly led an interesting life.

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A story of a young man who spends his days in constant pursuit of drugs could turn out to be a sad and cautionary tale. This book by Bez, about his young adult years and his (in)famous time as the maraca-shaking/”freak dancin’” member of the Manchester band Happy Mondays, turns out to be a very funny and honest memoir. Though much of Bez’s antics are self-destructive, it is also obvious that he quite enjoyed himself. He is unapologetic but he seems to hide nothing. Freaky Dancin’ is a must for those readers interested in the Happy Mondays and notorious nightlife scene of Manchester in the late 80s and early 90s.