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Barry Manilow - The Biography

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Biographer Patricia Butler unravels the strange stories behind Manilow's Brooklyn upbringing, his shortlived marriage, his cautious career change from youthful executive to freelance musician and his dramatic partnership with Bette Midler formed in the gay Continental Baths in Manhattan.
The softcover edition of the bestseller, is an assessment and record of both Manilow's personal life and almost a quarter of a century of chart and touring ...
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Overview

Biographer Patricia Butler unravels the strange stories behind Manilow's Brooklyn upbringing, his shortlived marriage, his cautious career change from youthful executive to freelance musician and his dramatic partnership with Bette Midler formed in the gay Continental Baths in Manhattan.
The softcover edition of the bestseller, is an assessment and record of both Manilow's personal life and almost a quarter of a century of chart and touring triumphs. Features exclusive family photos and childhood pictures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711991972
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 959,142
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    Read It Anyway

    After hearing so much negative feedback from Barry Manilow fans about this book, I decided I wasn't going to like it. While on leave from work, a friend sent me a copy of it so I read it. While the content wasn't as bad as I had thought it was going to be, the book itself failed to deliver much in the way of new information. The author's research consisted of mainly second and third-hand accounts of events. She did not interview anyone presently associated with Barry or Barry himself. She interviewed the second wife of Barry's biological father and past associates who may or may not have parted on friendly terms. The author also decided not to investigate things written in Barry's autobiography 'Sweet Life' saying she did not think them relevant. She devotes space to Barry's alleged homosexuality but fails to say anything about Barry's self-admitted love affair with Adrienne Anderson (see 'Sweet Life') before she got married. As a fan, that is something that in my opinion would be worth reading. The chapter devoted to the fans makes most fans out to be stalkers and obsessed women. In fact, the opposite is true. I know many fans who lead perfectly normal lives. They work and have significant others, spouses & families. While I am sure there are those who are obsessed, I am also sure they are in the minority. The final chapter was very difficult to follow. The author skips around trying to tie up loose ends. If you want to see some new and different pictures, the book delivers there, but as for literary content, there is not much there that most fans don't already know (his true age being one) or have suspected. My recommendation if you want to read it, borrow a copy. Don't spend your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    AN EYE OPENER FOR MANY

    FINALLY!!!!! A book that offers a fascinating insite into Mr. Manilow's life and career. This book includes new interviews with close friends and colleges of Barry's from his early career to present. The author does seem to spend a lot of time discussing Manilow's homosexulity, but this isn't a shocking revelation to any true fan of the man, although I am sure there are a lot of women who will adamently remain in denial for the remainders of their lives. If anything, this book makes Manilow seem more human and likeable than ever before. It's nice to know the man who makes the whole world sing isn't as nicey nice as his P.R. people would have us think. In fact, it's a wonder after reading just how disfunctional his life is that he turned out as well as he did.!!!! I would say about 90% of the info in this book is right on target. I doubt if Manilow or anyone in his camp will have much to say about this book. You can't sue someone for telling the truth!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    Honest and Revealing

    I think it's incredibly sad that so many of Manilow's most ardent fans decided long before this book even came out that they weren't going to like it, no matter what, just because it didn't have Barry Manilow's blessing and because it discusses (briefly and in the proper context) Manilow's homosexuality. This book is able to tell the truth about things fans have been misinformed about for years. (Manilow's age is only one thing: fans have been told for decades that Manilow was born in 1946, even though he was actually born in 1943, something easily checked through official documentation and his own high school yearbook.) This book dares to tell all the stories, not just the ones the fans keep wanting to hear over and over again, and it fills in all the holes Manilow left in his autobiography nearly 15 years ago, providing quite a lot of new information about Manilow and about his family, particularly his father. The result is that after reading this book, Manilow seems far more real and human than he ever did before, and far more likeable. This book really is a celebration of Barry Manilow's life and career, it's an honest and impartial biography, and it's simply a good read. Real fans -- and by that I mean people who truly appreciate Manilow's music and want to know the real man behind it, not just the cartoon figure made up by his PR people -- will be thrilled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You're not missing much with this one folks. This book is just another version of 'Sweet Life' with some utter nonsense added to sugar coat it. Nothing new. It's been done before. Butler is a good writer and I applaud her for her interviews with Dick Clark as well as many others close to Manilow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2001

    Disappointing

    If you wanted to learn more in depth information about Barry this book fails to provide it other than more about his family background. There are some interesting pictures not seen before but not much else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2001

    Not much novelty and disappointing

    I'm giving this book 2 stars because of a couple of pages of not-yet published photos on Barry. It was just a compilation of articles on him with much of information coming from Barry's own autobiography. It's worthwhile only if you haven't read it before. Besides, the author doesn't seem to be interested in writing it in the first place! And there are even some moments she brings up suspicions on his sexual preferences...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2001

    yawn.....

    rediculous attempt at any origionality whatsoever...it's all been written already. Nothing new.

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