Twisting My Melon

Author: Shaun Ryder

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446463176

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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Shaun Ryder has lived a life of glorious highs and desolate lows. As lead singer of the Happy Mondays, he turned Manchester into Madchester, combining all the excesses of a true rock'n'roll star with music and lyrics that led impresario Tony Wilson to describe him as 'the greatest poet since Yeats'. The young scally who left school at fifteen without ever learning his alphabet had come a very long way indeed. Huge chart success and a Glastonbury headline slot followed, plus numerous arrests and world tours - then Shaun's drug addiction reached its height, Factory Records was brought to its knees and the Mondays split. But was this the end for Shaun Ryder? Not by a long shot. Two years later he was back with new band Black Grape, and their groundbreaking debut album topped the charts in possibly the greatest comeback of all time. Even his continuing struggle with drugs did not stem the tide of critically acclaimed tracks and collaborations as he went on to prove his musical genius time and again. And then there was the jungle... Rock'n'roll legend, reality TV star, drug-dealer, poet, film star, heroin addict, son, brother, father, husband, foul-mouthed anthropologist and straight-talking survivor, Shaun Ryder has been a cultural icon and a 24-hour party person for a quarter of a century. Told in his own words, this is his story.

What Planet Am I On?

Author: Shaun Ryder

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780339577

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

View: 5214


'I think anyone who doesn't believe there is life out there will eventually end up looking as ignorant as those people who used to think that the earth was flat and if you went too far out to sea in your boat you'd fall off the end of the world. Ridiculous.' Shaun Ryder goes in search of his secret passion: extra-terrestrials. Travelling the world over to discover the truth about UFOs, and whether there really is life out there, Shaun encounters ancient tribes, fellow believers and leading specialists, all the while attempting to detect fact from fiction. Ever since he saw a UFO at the age of fifteen, Ryder has been a fervent believer. He begins with the spike in paranormal activity which Manchester experienced during his childhood in the late 70s. From his hometown Shaun travels to the top secret Area 51, to the Mayan ruins of Peru and Chile and to aboriginal caves in Australia, exploring the UFO capitals of the world. He also speaks to experts like Professor Steven Hawking, and famous UFO enthusiasts like Robbie Williams and Dan Ackroyd. A deeply funny, revelatory travelogue, Shaun Ryder on UFOs is a unique personal insight into a fantastic journey of discovery. Praise for Twisting My Melon: 'Intoxicating: swaggering, cringing, furious, vulnerable, chaotic, bilious, funny, mad. A seamless, authentic, exhilarating read, without a single slack paragraph.' Sunday Times. 'At once poignant and hilarious.' Word Magazine. 'Highly entertaining.'Independent on Sunday. 'A welcome contrast to the current trend of macho post-rehab confessions by tedious hard-rock narcissists.' Guardian.

How to Be a Rock Star

Author: Shaun Ryder

Publisher: Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1838953264

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 217

View: 3948


THE TOP TEN BESTSELLER 'Candid, brilliant and bizarre' Guardian 'Stories about the frontman and his bandmates are legion ... [like] Peter Kay with menaces' The Sunday Times As lead singer of Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun Ryder was the Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of his generation. A true rebel, who formed and led not one but two seminal bands, he's had number-one albums, headlined Glastonbury, toured the world numerous times, taken every drug under the sun, been through rehab - and come out the other side as a national treasure. Now, for the first time, Shaun lifts the lid on the real inside story of how to be a rock star. With insights from three decades touring the world, which took him from Salford to San Francisco, from playing working men's clubs to headlining Glastonbury and playing in front of the biggest festival crowd the world has ever seen, in Brazil, in the middle of thunderstorm. From recording your first demo tape to having a number-one album, Shaun gives a fly-on-the-wall look at the rock 'n' roll lifestyle - warts and all: how to be a rock star - and also how not to be a rock star. From numerous Top of the Pops appearances to being banned from live TV, from being a figurehead of the acid-house scene to hanging out backstage with the Rolling Stones, Shaun has seen it all. In this book he pulls the curtain back on the debauchery of the tour bus, ridiculous riders, run-ins with record companies, drug dealers and the mafia, and how he forged the most remarkable comeback of all time. 'There are enough stories about Happy Mondays to keep people talking about them forever. Bands live on through the myth really, myth and legend' (Steve Lamacq)

Wrote For Luck

Author: Shaun Ryder

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571330940

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 6338


In the mid-1980s the Happy Mondays emerged as the prime mischief makers on the Madchester scene. Chief protagonist was Shaun Ryder, a man whose lyrical street swagger in songs like Kinky Afro, 24 Hour Party People and Performance, would come to define a generation. Here collected and edited for the first time, in trade and special editions, are his unforgettable lyrics.

The Killing Jar

Author: Nicola Monaghan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446466809

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5190


Five-year-old Kerrie-Ann Hill has an unusual neighbour. Mrs Ivanovich collects butterflies and she shows Kerrie-Ann how to catch them, take care of them, and evenhow to kill them using a jar and some funny-smelling liquid. Kerrie-Ann loves looking at these beautiful, delicate creatures, and imagines them flying free... This is Kerrie-Ann's story. She doesn't know who her father is, and her mother is a junkie. By the age of ten, she's selling drugs at school. By twelve, she's been beaten up by a customer, hidden stolen guns, done time in a girls' home, and already has a taste for whizz. And then there's Mark - her only true friend and the one person she can trust. Their friendship turns into a powerful love and together they are invincible. But in their world it's easy to lose control. On the drug-riddled estate with an atmosphere as lethal as a killing jar, it seems that Kerrie-Ann doesn't stand a chance. Unless she can make use of what Mrs Ivanovich taught her all those years ago.

The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: J-Z

Author: Dalzell Victor Eds Staff,Eric Partridge

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415259385

Category: Americanisms

Page: 2189

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Entry includes attestations of the head word's or phrase's usage, usually in the form of a quotation. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

McQueen

Author: Christopher Sandford

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 087833307X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 536

View: 9725


This is the definitive story of the complex man behind the icon of cool.

The Serotonin Grand Prix

Author: Alex Jenson

Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd

ISBN: 1847478808

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 6475


Smoke in the Wind

Author: Tony May

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460203488

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 7541


From the oilfields of the Alaskan high Arctic to the sultry hostile jungles of Indonesia, from the war-torn desert of Kuwait to tumultuous Thailand, West Texas oilfield engineer Bubba Cottonmill is thrown into a kind of turmoil he's never experienced before. It's the early 90s, and he's been immersed into an international oil field construction industry that creates power and starts wars - a place of murder, corruption, and assassination. Bubba battles to survive on the job as he is confronted with spear throwing jungle warriors, the 1991 Gulf War devastation and its hundreds of uncontrolled oil well fires, boobytraps, and land mines.

I'm Not with the Band

Author: Sylvia Patterson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0751558699

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 3082


SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD 2016 'Celebratory and elegiac' Guardian 'A roller-coaster memoir' Sunday Times 'Funny, anecdote-packed, nostalgic but also very touching' The Pool 'Patterson fillets out the pretentious bones of pop, leaving its glistening meat' Observer This is a three-decade survivor's tale . . . a scenic search for elusive human happiness through music, magazines, silly jokes, stupid shoes, useless blokes, hopeless homes, booze, drugs, love, loss, A&E, death, disillusion and hope. In 1986, Sylvia Patterson boarded a train to London armed with a tea-chest full of vinyl records, a peroxide quiff and a dream: to write about music, for ever. She got her wish. Escaping a troubled home, Sylvia embarks on a lifelong quest to discover The Meaning of It All. The problem is she's mostly hanging out with flaky pop stars, rock 'n' roll heroes and unreliable hip-hop legends. As she encounters music's biggest names, she is confronted by glamour and tragedy; wisdom and lunacy; drink, drugs and disaster. And Bros. Here is Madonna in her Earth Mother phase, flinging her hands up in horror at one of Sylv's Very Stupid Questions. Prince compliments her shoes while Eminem threatens to kill her. She shares fruit with Johnny Cash, make-up with Amy Winehouse and several pints with the Manics' lost soul-man Richey Edwards. She finds the Beckhams fragrant in LA, a Gallagher madferrit in her living room and Shaun Ryder and Bez as you'd expect, in Jamaica. From the 80s to the present day, I'm Not with the Band is a funny, barmy, utterly gripping chronicle of the last thirty years in music and beyond. It is also the story of one woman's wayward search for love, peace and a wonderful life. And whether, or not, she found them.