Adele: The Biography

Adele: The Biography

by Marc Shapiro

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Adele: The Biography by Marc Shapiro

Over the past year, Adele has taken the country by storm, sweeping the 2012 Grammy Awards and taking home six titles, including one for Album of the Year. The British singer-songwriter has been smashing records ever since her 2008 appearance on Saturday Night Live and her 2009 Grammy for Best New Artist. The success of her second album, 21, made her the first living artist since the Beatles to have two top-five hits in both the UK singles and albums charts. The album hit the #1 spot in 18 different countries. In the U.S., 21 is the longest running number one album by a female in Billboard history, surpassing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard. To put it simply, her worldwide success is unmatched.

This one-of-a-kind book will provide answers to fans' burning questions, including:
—What was Adele's childhood like as the daughter of a single, teenage mother?
—Growing up, who were her biggest inspirations and influences in the music industry?
—As someone whose career depends on her voice, what was it like being diagnosed with a vocal cord hemorrhage?
—How did canceling her Adele Live tour affect her career?
—How did she make the decision to perform at the Grammys, while still recovering from vocal surgery?
—And much more!

A must-read for every Adele fan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250025159
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/17/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 585 KB

About the Author

MARC SHAPIRO is the New York Times bestselling author of J.K. Rowling: The Wizard behind Harry Potter, Justin Bieber: The Fever! and many other bestselling celebrity biographies. He has been a freelance entertainment journalist for more than twenty-five years, covering film, television and music for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.

Marc Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of J.K. Rowling: The Wizard behind Harry Potter, Justin Bieber: The Fever! and many other bestselling celebrity biographies. He has been a freelance entertainment journalist for more than twenty-five years, covering film, television and music for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.

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Adele loves her mother. Always has. Always will. “You don’t realize how important your parents are until you’ve spent a lot of time away from them,” she was quoted on the Web site Great Personalities. “My mother and I have always been friends but we’re tighter than ever now. We can talk about anything and not just in a mother- daughter way.”

But as a Vogue journalist discovered during a 2011 interview, her feelings toward her father are a whole other matter:“If I ever see him, I will spit in his face.”

And a journalist for Rolling Stone received a similar response when the question of her father was broached: “He has no fucking right to talk about me.” Adele’s responses were toward questions about her father’s reemergence in the pages of Th e Sun newspaper, telling about those early days with Adele and her mother. In Adele’s view, he added insult to injury by supplying the paper with rarely seen photos of her as a child. She considered it an intrusion and a betrayal of the highest order, made all the more evil by the fact that he was paid quite handsomely for the interview and photos. For Adele, the act was the final nail in the coffin of an already tenuous relationship, one that just a year previous was showing signs of a reconciliation.

“I don’t know what a dad is supposed to do because I never had one,” she said in a MusicLife story. “I’m sure I will see him again. I think we can be friends. I don’t need him to be a dad now.” But it was not meant to be. Adele is not the first superstar talent to be estranged from a parent. In fact, it comes as a surprise when a reigning celebrity has come from a happy, intact, and functional family. But the obvious anger in Adele’s thoughts when it comes to dealing with the biological dad she rarely saw and now does

not see at all, is palpable.

Armchair psychiatrists have been quick to blame the lion’s share of Adele’s much- publicized relationship difficulties on the fact that she essentially grew up without a father figure. Adele has never addressed the impact not having a father may have had. But one thing is certain . . .

. . . Adele has been adamant in her estrangement from Mark Evans and, indirectly, keeping her father at arm’s length has only served to cloud the details of how her parents met and how she came to be. She has only spoken about that element of her history when pressed, and then we’ve only gotten the broad strokes. Her parents met quite young. Adele’s mother became pregnant. They never married, and her father moved out when Adele was a toddler. There were always the tabloid allegations; Evans was a notorious womanizer and an alcoholic according to the more colorful media outlets.

Of the latter, Evans, in a far- reaching interview with The Sun, admitted as much. But until Adele decides to completely chronicle her history or her mother decides to talk, there is largely only Evans’ recounting of those early days to rely on. Mark Evans was raised in the Welsh seaside town of Penarth. By all accounts, he was cut from simple, workingman stock and maintained a likable, salt- of- the- earth personality. He was once described in one of Adele’s charitable moments as “The big Welsh guy who works on the ships.” His looks: rugged yet youthful. Chances are, if you threw a rock in Wales in the late ’70s and early ’80s, hitting a Mark Evans type would not be difficult. He was straightforward in his outlook, basic in his attitude, and it goes without saying that he was not a creative bloke and certainly not musically inclined.

He would seem an odd choice for Penny Adkins. Penny was born in Tottenham, an equally working-class enclave of North London, to grocer John Adkins and his wife, Doreen. The city of Tottenham had an illustrious history of turning out inventors, statesmen, and no shortage of entertainers that included Dave Clark (of Dave Clark Five music fame), musician Lemar Obika, and actors Ron Moody and Shani Wallace. There was a consensus that being from Tottenham was something special and a legitimate source of pride. So much so that, following the 2012 Grammy Awards, Adele stated proudly in a Sun feature, “I’m not a fake Tottenham girl. I was born there.” ...

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Year That Was ix

1 Only the Beginning 1

2 The Life 7

3 The Microphone 17

4 Ticket to Ride 33

5 Boy on Her Chest 47

6 2007: An Adele Odyssey 50

7 Hey 19 56

8 Good Times … Bad Times 67

9 Ex Two 90

10 No Ballad, No Cry 95

11 21 to Life 117

12 Lights … Camera 129

13 I Can't Hear You 135

14 The Sound of Silence 143

15 Under the Knife 148

16 New Man 156

17 In the Deep End 161

18 Haunted 170

19 Up to the Minute 174

20 The End … For Now 195

Discography 197

Sources 203

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Adele: The Biography 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Adele, this book is great if you want to know her story and much more! Shes a great singer and a kind women. I <3 ADELE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and even if you have never read it or heard Adele sing before, you will learn some interesting things about her. P.S.- Katy Perry is cool too but Adele is cooler.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, number one, ths book is awesome, well written, informative, and a good biography. Number two, my language arts teacher told us to read a biography and write a book report on it. He said any biography, so i chose this one! He was expecting einstein or jefferson or helen keller, but im cool so i chose adele, YAY ME!!!!! YAY ADELE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Number three, ADELE IS AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL AND GREAT AT SINGING AND FUNNY AND A MIRACLE AND EVERYTHING AWESOME AND GOOD!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i love it it is so fun adele is so good as a women
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These comments have brought millions of tears my eyes. I started off with the slightest chance of being a star, but because of my wonderful fans, i'm living the life i have always drempt of! Thank you! From rags to riches indeed. But every 7 of my grammys i have won belong to you for giving me the strength i have tonight. As women, you understand how hard life can be. Expecialy since i just gave birth to my son. My husband and i just couldn't decide the nane of my son until 40 days after birth! Every now and then we are still feuding over which name we should have given him. Somtimes i forget his real name because i would always call him singer. One night, when changing his diapers the baby started to sing out a few words of Rumor Has It! thats how his name originated. Now where did i put his sippy cup! Things are always disapearing when i need them most. Say, thats a nice song topic... Anyway, best look for that sippy cup before the singer awakes. Your Truley, ADELE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her songs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to give the auhor credit he d a fine job outlining adeles life with all the resoirces available via media. Even I, a diehard adele fan learned several things that I never had known such as how she had thirty ousins who lived down the block from her. However its hard to get past th fact that its a biography and a lot of stuff was left out from her life. The only glimpse we really get of her teen and preteen uears are a couple pf details regarding some of the crappy schools she went to in and around london. I was satisfied but i would have much rather read an aitobiography instead but tats not very likely to happen any tome soon. So I guess this will have to do until then;/ Ps if you already read this book dont botber reading another biography. The others skim over the facts and are not nearly as detailed amd enriching as this particular work. And adele if you are reading this I think you are awesome and an extremely talented singer but please for your own sake dont have children out of wedlock. Especially with rather hairy males named Simon. Thanks! Catherine Elizabeth from a random state in the US that I am not planning on telling you;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooooooooo good it needss 5stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loveee Adele and I think she is an AHmazing singer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is not a fatass
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are the pig. adele is an amazing singer . Adele is not a belong in a mental hospital
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes she is!!! & its the truth