Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography

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Pan Macmillan, 2007 - Manic-depressive persons - 344 pages
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One of the most successful pop stars of the 80s, his face adorning posters on teenager's walls from Acton to Akron, Adam Ant was a phenomenon. Now in this frank and revealing autobiography, he tells the full story of his amazing life from his dysfunctional childhood to his key role in the punk movement and creation of a unique musical style that brought him a string of hits (both singles and albums). At one point he was so famous other stars sought his company and advice - even Michael Jackson called in the dead of night to ask about music and clothes. His many girlfriends included Jamie Lee Curtis and Heather Graham and for a time he lived in LA, acting in fifteen films. Adam also writes honestly about his life-long battle with manic depression. His first episodes were triggered by the stress of living with a violent, alcoholic father, and he tried to commit suicide when he was at art school. A gruelling episode with a stalker in LA precipitated a mental breakdown, and a stalker in London led to his well-publicised arrest and hospitalization in 2001. At times funny and at other times tragic, this is gripping account of the turbulent life and times of one of music's most fascinating figures. 'A whirlwind story of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, suicide attempts and deranged stalkers' Time Out 'With plenty of lessons to be learned about fame's downside, [this] is an intriguing tale, well and honestly told' Q Magazine

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User Review  - ianthes - LibraryThing

I disagree with the reviews posted here by others. I thought Adam was painfully honest in sharing himself. He doesn't make excuses or try to romanticize his ambitions or illness. It is what it is. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - donkeytiara - LibraryThing

it's usually interesting to read books by authors with mental disorders...there is always a good chance that they'll lead you down the road of confusion prior to their diagnosis...but even more ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Adam was born in north London and became in integral part of the capital's punk scene before creating his own brand of music. He had 13 hits in the top twenty (3 of them number ones), as well as bestselling albums. His music continues to be influential today.

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