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Funny Peculiar – Will Young (Book)

The first few chapters, of Funny Peculiar, tell us about William Robert Young’s schooldays and early life. To be quite frank, they are quite unremarkable, which is to say that there is little drama to report apart from the time Will got arrested for drunk driving. that said, we do learn from early on about the issues in will life, his self loathing; depression and his sexuality.

It is only once Will reaches 22 and the Pop Idol auditions do things start to get interesting. Reaching the final 10 and winning the show is executed in 6 pages. We learn that the track chosen for the eventual winner of Pop Idol Evergreen was difficult for both Will and Darius Danesh to sing and that the song was more suited to Gareth Gates’s voice.

Its no secret that Will Young & Simon Cowell did not see eye to eye. Whilst Will was selling millions of records & making loads of money for his record company; Will informs that he was snubbed by Simon Cowell, whilst both were appearing on Newsround . Will informs that he found Simon’s animosity towards him stressful. Will was eventually moved within BMG to RCA, thus ending his battles with Simon Cowell.

One has to applaud Will’s courage in being open about his sexuality from the onset of his career and not pretending to be heterosexual for the sake of record sales. Will informs that he was happy to risk everything to be true to himself and that he is proud of that decision.

Funny Peculiar may be light on showbiz stories, but when Will releases his vignettes the names don’t come any bigger than Anna Wintour, Julia Roberts, Annie Lennox and David Beckham.

Funny Peculiar comes across part like a self help book and part autobiography, this enhances its readability. Will talks about his , professional, battles with record companies and his personal battles with his self doubt, self loathing , his lack of confidence and depression.

Will also talks about being offered a mentors on The Voice, only for the offer to be retracted and given to the lead singer from The Script, this leads Will to breakdown in tears but once over this he treats it as a lesson learned and informs that he should never put his belief in external things, that is things beyond his control. Thanks for that lesson Will; I am going to use that mantra myself.

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Cheryl Fights Back!

English: Cheryl Cole wearing a Lurex dress whi...

English: Cheryl Cole wearing a Lurex dress whilst performing with Girls Aloud at Battle Abbey, Hastings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cheryl – My Story (Book)

A lot has been written about the former Mrs Cole; now just Cheryl. Here is her chance to tell her version events. Cheryl covers her early life in Newcastle up until the Girls Aloud reunion in 2012 and everything else in between. Cheryl talks candidly about the relationships with the men in her life, Ashley Cole, Derek Hough, & Simon Cowell.

Cheryl has fitted a lot into her first 10 years in showbiz it hasn’t been an easy ride; where both metaphysical and physical fighting plays a big part. One wonders how did this Geordie pop pariah turn it around to become a Pop Princess & according to Terry Wogan; the nations sweetheart.

The first thing Cheryl wants us to know is that she is a fighter, in her prologue Cheryl talks about her near brush with death after being struck down with Malaria. Thereon in sets the tone of the battles that Cheryl has had to fight;

  • To save a relationship with a former boyfriend who was taking heroin.
  • A toilet attendant albeit in self-defence.
  • To save her marriage to Ashley Cole after a string of allegations hit press about his alleged infidelity.
  • For her acts on the X Factor UK.
  • Simon Cowell.
  • The media & obtaining a press injunction.
  • Now Magazine regarding an alleged relationship with MC Harvey.
  • The generally held public perception that her solo career only took off because of the X Factor.

One can fully understand why Cheryl’s first single was “We Gotta Fight For This Love

I scoured the book for some juicy titbits about Girls Aloud; with 5 girls together for long periods of time surely there must have been Catfights & spotlights; what we learn is that Cheryl formed close bonds with Kimberley and Nichola and that Sarah was initially a bit distant and that Girls Aloud were nearly dropped after their first album as sales had not been as good as expected.

We also learn that in 2004 Girls Aloud hold crisis talks & determine that they need management and in Spring 2005, just before their first tour, the girls chose Hilary Shaw as their manager as Shaw had previously managed a girl group but what about Nadine I hear you say – the only disagreement that Cheryl mentions is that once Nadine was 3 hours late and her and girls completely lost it with Nadine.

The Girls Aloud reunion, after a three-year hiatus, is mentioned briefly in the book & Cheryl returns to it in the epilogue. One cannot help but think there are juicy morsels waiting to be aired!

Cheryl pulls no punches with the controversies that have surrounding her career. She talks candidly about the toilet incident; which went from being an assault to a racially aggravated assault; read her account and draw from it your own conclusions as to whether Cheryl was fitted up. Cheryl talks in amazing candour about her marriage breakdown & her attempts to make her marriage work. The irony upon irony is that whilst her marriage was in crumbles she was due to perform “Fight For This Love” on the Brits in 2010.

Cheryl talks openly about her relationships with Simon Cowell, Derek Hough & all whom have played major roles in both her personal and professional career. The press have always liked to infer that there was something more to these relationships, here Cheryl  puts the record straight .

Cheryl-My Story is an engaging book its warm, candid, funny and heartbreakingly sad in places as well as highlighting the perils of being in the public eye. Cheryl always had the belief that she would be a performer and have a No.1 record, but you never know what price you have to pay to succeed and Cheryl has paid a heavy price, this is what I believe made her the nations sweetheart.

As this chapter closes another one opens, but you know that it won’t be easy but I suspect that there is more fight to come. As Cheryl sings “Anything that’s worth having Is sure enough worth fighting for, quittings out of the question, when its tough gotta fight some more

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C’est Nile Rodgers – Le Freak


English: at his Le Crib Studios.

English: at his Le Crib Studios. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Le Freak; An Upside Story Of Family, Disco & Destiny (Book)

Addiction, adulation, alcoholism, death, heroism, intimidation, mediation multiculturalism, murder. racism, radicalism rejection, drug dealing family members, loss, discovery and re-discovery, sounds like good ingredients for a film, however, these are just some of the themes running this biography.
Nile writes about his complex and complicated family life and how he was a little bit of an outsider. When you read that his parents where addicts, you hope that Nile has the strength not to succumb to drugs, however, as you later learn drugs become an important factor in both his and his families lives.

We learn that Le Freak the song initially came about after Nile Rodgers was refused entry into a club, a late night jamming session resulted in the song Aww Fuck Off, which was then re-titled Aww Freak Off Which eventually became the multimillion hit single (Aww) Freak Out. Niles also informs us that Lets Dance originally began as a folk song which David Bowie played to him on guitar.

Although it may seem like a scattergun approach with the diverse array of artists that Nile Rodgers has produced; when you read and then realise his views about music you understand that it is not scattergun approach at all., just some of the artist that Nile has worked with includes; B52s, Inxs, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Adam Lambert, Diana Ross, Thompson Twins, Carly Simon, Sister Sledge, Madonna David Bowie, Duran Duran and of course Chic.

Rodgers is very candid about his drug consumption, he informs that his accountant informs him to give away gold bars rather than his coke as pound for pound he would lose less money.

Not only is Le Freak is a captivating read, it also serves a musical history lesson for the reader. My only disappointment with this biography is the light insider gossip on the lets dance, Notorious and Black Tie White Noise recording sessions.

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