Robbie Williams

Author: Paul Scott

Publisher: Andre Deutsch Limited

ISBN: 9780233003900

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 4008


This book has become the definitive unauthorized biography of Robbie Williams, and provides a 'warts and all' account of his phenomenal journey to the top. Covering his childhood in Stoke-on-Trent, his boy band years with Take That (and how he got back with them in 2010), his battle with drink and drugs, his often troubled love life and how he beat his demons and settled down to become a family man. All of it based on exclusive interviews with those closest to Robbie and with previously unpublished photos from the family archive, this is a must-have book for all Robbie fans. This updated edition of the bestseller includes coverage of Rudebox, Robbie's 2009 comeback album Reality Killed the Video Star as well as his new number one Take The Crown, the announcement of his huge 2013 tour, and of course his marriage to Ayda Field and the birth of their daughter.

FAME: Robbie Williams

Author: Steven Stone

Publisher: Bluewater Productions

ISBN: 1620984741

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 22

View: 4038


The bad boy of boy bands. The number 9 of pop. The big "R." Mr. Let Me Entertain You is back! The Brit sensation Robbie Williams is back with a vengeance in this 4th wall breaking bio comic. Follow Robbie through his life from his early days in Take That! to soaring solo success-- all with a little touch of the Robster himself!

Let Me Entertain You

Author: Robbie Williams,Jim Parton

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN: 9781852277437

Category: Rock musicians

Page: 95

View: 8500


After five years of success with Take That, Robbie Williams left to pursue a solo career. This official book discusses the first year away from Take That, which Robbie describes as like going to a New Year's Eve party and not coming back until New Year's Eve the next year. Robbie also talks about those critics who wrote him off as being famous for being famous, the success of his album Life Thru a Lens and the release of the single Angels. The glamour of pop star life is explored, along with the downside to fame at a young age. There is also a handwritten foreword signed by Robbie.

The Little Black Book: 90s Greatest Hits

Author: Adrian Hopkins

Publisher: Wise Publications

ISBN: 0857129538

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 1684


A pocket-sized collection of hits by the biggest names of the 1990s. Presented in chord songbook format, with chord symbols, Guitar chord boxes and complete lyrics.Classic hits by artists including: Suede, Jane's Addiction, Oasis, Prince, Manic Street Preachers, U2, The Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Madonna, The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Robbie Williams, Paul Weller, Sting, Eric Clapton, The Spice Girls, Metallica, Crowded House and Pulp.

Music, Sensation, and Sensuality

Author: Linda Phyllis Austern

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135689857

Category: Music

Page: 352

View: 3612


Divided into three sections, Linda Phyllis Austern collects eighteen, cross-disciplinary essays written by some of the most important names in the field to look at this stimulating topic. The first section focuses on the cultural and scientific ways in which music and the sense of hearing work directly on the mind and body. Part Two investigates how music works on the socially constructed, representational or sexualized body as a means of healing, beautifying and maintaining a balance between the mental and physical. Finally, the book explores the action of music as it is heard and sensed by wider social units, such as the body politic, mass communication, from print to sound recording, and broadcast technologies.

The British Pop Dandy

Author: Stan Hawkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351545868

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

View: 7139


Who are pop dandies? Why are stars like David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Pete Doherty and Robbie Williams so dandified? Taking up a wide range of British pop stars, Hawkins seeks to find out why so many have cast themselves in roles that often take style to absurd extremes. In this study, male pop artists are mapped against a cultural and historical background through a genealogy of personalities, such as Oscar Wilde, W.H. Auden, Andy Warhol, NoCoward, Derek Jarmen, David Beckham and countless others. A critical analysis of issues and approaches to musical performance through masculinity becomes the focal point of this fascinating study. Ranging from the sixties to beyond the twentieth century, The British Pop Dandy considers the construction of the male pop icon through the spectacle of videos, live concerts and films. Why do we derive pleasure from the performing body, and how is entertainment linked to categories of gender and sexuality? The author insists that pop performances can be understood through human characteristics that relate to the particulars of dandyism, camp and glamour, and this he theorizes through the work of Charles Baudelaire. One of the political objectives of the dandy is to liberate himself through a denial of the structures that assume fixed identity. Not least, it is acts of queering in pop music that characterize entire generations of male artists in the UK. Setting out to discover what distinguishes the British pop dandy, Hawkins considers the role of music and performance in the articulation of hyperbolic display. It is argued that the recorded voice is a construction that idealizes self-representation, and absorbs the listener's attention. Particularly, camp address in singing practice is taken up in conjunction with a discussion of intimacy, which forms part of the strategy of the performer. In a range of songs and videos selected for music analysis, Hawkins points to the uniqueness of the voice as it expresses a transgressive quali

Olly Murs - The Biography

Author: Justin Lewis

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1782190856

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 1443


Olly Murs may have finished in second place on television's The X Factor in 2009, but the heartthrob singer has since become one of British pop's winners. The cheeky chappie with the tight trousers and the porkpie hat has sold out concert tours, released bestselling albums and enjoyed a string of hits including 'Please Don't Let Me Go' and 'Heart Skips a Beat'. A regular in the charts and in the gossip columns, Olly is regarded by many as a possible successor to icons like Robbie Williams and Will Young. But not content with his triumphs as a singer, he has also become a TV fixture. After becoming the co-host of The Xtra Factor, he graduated to his own series, Olly: Life on Murs, in 2012. Olly Murs: The Biography follows his journey from suburbia to stardom and beyond. It explores how a seemingly ordinary and grounded Essex boy was determined to follow his dream - and was strong and shrewd enough to survive the heady world of entertainment. Along the way, we see how his promising first career as a semi-pro footballer was halted and we discover how he deals with the pros and cons of a celebrity lifestyle. This is a must-read for any music fan.

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Author: Colin Larkin

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857125958

Category: Music

Page: 1600

View: 8768


This text presents a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on popular music, from the early 20th century to the present day.

My Side of Life: The Autobiography

Author: Shane Filan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753551012

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 5600


As a lead singer of Westlife, one of the most successful pop acts of all time, Shane Filan was on top of the world. Together with the band, he achieved an incredible 14 No.1 singles (a record beaten only by the Beatles) sold 44 million records and was adored by fans the world over. Everything he touched turned to gold, or so it seemed. Like many others, he had piled his fortunes into the Irish property boom and when the bubble burst, Shane struggled with mounting debt. Just ten days after Westlife’s final farewell concert, in front of a sold-out crowd of 80,000 fans, Shane was declared bankrupt with debts of £18 million – losing everything. But this wasn’t the end for Shane Filan – a devoted singer and family man, Shane circled back to his roots and a year later he launched his solo career. In My Side of Life Shane shares his story for the first time – his early years growing up as part of a large Irish family in Co. Sligo, the phenomenal success of Westlife and the ups and downs of their time together, the breakup of the band, his financial devastation, and finally going it alone as a solo artist. This is Shane’s side of the story.

The Rough Guide to Cult Pop

Author: Paul Simpson

Publisher: Rough Guides

ISBN: 9781843532293

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 7376


This new Rough Guide is devoted to pop music, the tacky, catchy yet enduring music we grew up listening to when we should have been listening to something more profound. We celebrate the hits, the singers, the impresarios and the songs which have made up the soundtrack to our lives. So come along pop pickers, put on your blue suede shoes (or your tartan trousers or puffball skirt, it's your call) and take a stroll down Electric Avenue. Not aarf! Features include: bull; The Stars A celebration of those performers, from Robbie Williams to Andy Williams (and Madonna to Mungo Jerry), who have had us singing along or, in the case of Dean Friedman and Kajagoogoo, left us wondering what the world is coming to.