In this second installment of Terence Stamp's captivating memoirs, Stamp takes us right into the heart of the swinging 60's. From his Academy Award nomination for Billy Budd to his coming of age under the direction of the legendary Federico Fellini, the "marmalade skies" are the limit. With beautiful women and beautiful people from London to California, Stamp captures the spirit of the decade. He was the face, the man to be seen with. And then the decade ended, along with his romance to famous model Jean Shrimpton. While the Beatles play their last concert on the rooftop of the Apple building in Mayfair, Stamp, unemployed and broken-hearted, boards a plane for a solo pilgrimage to India.
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"Painfully honest, tender and funny," (Sunday Times, London)
Stamp is an interesting character. He was undoubtedly one of the male icons of the sixties, and can certainly claim to have been at the heart of the swinging sixties, mingling with the beautiful people. But he is also thoughtful, owns an insecure streak too, and is refreshingly honest and free of ego here. He is skilled at bringing his memories to life, and draws the scenes expertly. It's a great listen.
Many great moments. What was going through his mind as he found himself at the gallows in his first film, Billy Budd... his first meeting with Julie Christie, and getting together with Jean Shrimpton... coming into money and going off on film location shoots around the world.
Stamp narrates his own story and does it well. It's one of the reasons why the audio book works so well.
I listened to this book on a number of long car journeys. It certainly helped the miles to go by, and I was always happy to get on with the journey in order to pick up with the story.
A great listen, if you're interested in hearing about the Sixties scene, about the reality of acting, and about the difference between fame and how it appears on the outside and how it actually is on the inside.
"Great book, brought to life by the narrator"
It's one of the best for sure; I loved the printed book when I read it about 15 years ago and it's such a treat to hear it read out by the author.
His description of meeting and falling in love with Jean Shrimpton is told as if he is reliving it... with all the ecstasy and subsequent pain that it brought.
His impression of the early Michael Caine is great, avoiding the clichés and giving a real impression of how he was in those days.
How to have it all at once... and then discover it's not enough.
Stamp describes his life as if it happened to someone else, with tenderness, but also the maturity to know that he was a bit of a fool in those days. He is alternately complimentary and mocking about his younger self which gives the book a funny edge, while he definitely savours reliving all the high times he had as a young man.
It's a book by someone who loves life, above all.
"Great Second Instalment"
I could listen to this man reading from the telephone book.
The second instalment takes us through the swinging sixties, and his rise to fame.
A revealing look at life behind the wall of fame, and how intangible it can all be.
By the end of the sixties he was out of a job.
Terence Stamp was called "the most beautiful man alive," only to be discarded at the end of the decade with the words, "we're looking for a younger Terence Stamp."
Cant wait for the third instalment.
"A look at the 1960s"
A lost epoch
It ended abruptly with the author about to depart for The East. There was no sense of summing things up.
Good enunciation and a lovely range of accents. As you would expect from a serious actor. It is fun to have the author as narrator because he knows the intended meaning of the text, having written it.
This was a fun look at a London lad's entry into the glamour of 1960s London and Hollywood. His personal weaknesses and mistakes caused him much pain and the story is touching for that reason.
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