“Where else but in Boy George’s autobiography would there be an index with these sorts of headings: Heroin; Michael, George; Hair, Dyeing. . . . Now that’s entertainment.” —Rolling Stone
Boy George—the iconic leader of the eighties’ pop and new wave band Culture Club—offers a candid look at his life, including his relationship with drummer Jon Moss, his addiction to heroin and difficult road to sobriety, his famous cross-dressing, and his fluctuating fame.
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About the Author
George O'Dowd recounted to and wrote Take It Like a Man with Spencer Bright, author of the bestselling Peter Gabriel: A Biography and You're Barred, You Bastards.
What People are Saying About This
“Whatever I think of George, I have to praise this book for its candor….A definitive portrait of a modern young pop star.”
“Take it like a Man is a vivid, immensely readable trolley tour of the giddy highs and ghastly lows of George’s addictions to fame, cross-dressing, and drugs, and sex.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Maybe who Boy George is depends on who's looking? There are so many cross currents in this very frank and entertaining book.His teachers hated him for his insults, laziness, truancy and disruptiveness, and no doubt the police and his victims felt the same way about his petty thieving, violence and trashing of other peoples property. He's quite open about all these things, along with his extreme gay exploits and drug use.From his early days he's an extroverted big mouth showboat (like his father), who only gets encouraged by the London club/gay scene, going from one over the top costume to the next and one obsessive relationship to another. When he launched into music it all came together on Culture Club's 3rd single "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" that went to a U.K. Nº 1chart position after their appearance on Top of the Pops. He shows the inspiration for his successful songs coming out his fear of rejection in relationships (mostly the one with band member Jon Moss) and he describes the downward spiral of his heroin addiction and excruciating recovery after being shocked by the drug deaths of his friends Michael Rudestsky and Mark Vaultier, which is a whole story in itself. There's a mass of egoistic jostling and name calling but this seems to have been the London punk scene of the early 1980's and its all here in his very readable autobiography.