Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Read by the author himself with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.
Along the way he tells you what it's like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, to make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park.
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I adored the 'rude boy' charm that came across so well. This is a cheeky, funny, really entertaining book, and Suggs is so humble it's obvious he is a truly, lovely gentleman. It's interesting to listen to, as Suggs has the soul of an urban poet, and a brilliant way of utilising words.
I appreciated that it was narrated by the author, it really made the book come to life.
I've got both - you can hear Suggs' voice in the book and then get closer with the audiobook - it's like listening to the same story you always love to hear from a pal
Rock autobiographies, social history books - because that is what it is
It was the cat what made me do it
I've always been a fan of Suggs - he's so down to earth and loyal to his roots - and, of course, a great singer/songwriter.
Having just watched Suggs at the Garrick Theatre delivering a monologue and music, I was slightly disappointed to hear word-for-word the same sections within the book. However, it was entertaining and had me listening to it over a short amount of sittings.
Ending? Not sure an autobiography actually ends but how it finished was slightly disappointing. It was as if he had made it to the promised word count and fired it off to his publisher. The clever circular narrative of the live performance involving the singer's search for his dead father and inner-meaning to life lingered longer in the mind than a quick anecdote about being the last band to play at the BBC Television Centre.
Suggs himself. He managed to chart the amazing success of Madness without giving off an air of smug gloating. He came across as genuinely suprised at his achievements. Proud but humble.
Well it did make the Theatre, but it won't be commissioned as a film. I'd much rather see the Richard Curtis penned sitcom - mentioned in the book - in which the prime minister is kidnapped and Madness are installed as interim leaders of the UK.
I think Suggs's decision not to use a ghost writer on this autobiography largely paid off. I've read a ton of celebrity biogs and most read like they've been constructed around a couple of interviews recorded onto a dictaphone and then padded out into a book. Suggs is a natural raconteur as he has depicted in his lyrics over the last three decades. It's not clear if he hired the services of an editor, because the chapter on the history of Ska and the singer's recent take up of serious cycling felt like padding and should have been cut. I enjoyed learning that the school his school fought against every term was my school. Listening to Baggy Trousers will never be the same again!
Its a heart warming, gritty but funny story of one of Britains best loved singers from a true British institution. The story weaves its way from growing up and moving to Wales .. To coming back to London becoming Suggs that we know and love. Weaving its way from the early days of Madness.. Chasing cheese down a hill to earthquakes In Finsbury Park.
Suggs is the obvious favourite, you want him to succeed and sometimes you feel sorry for him
Hard - loving and Fun... that's Mad
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I'm not a huge Madness fan and not entirely sure why I bought this. Suggs has led an eventful life, although how he can remember as much as he says. It covers his earliest memories through to the time they performed at the closing of BBC Television Centre. It's littered with wonderful stories and some real laugh out loud moments, and is the epitome of why the author should read his own autobiography. As I said, I don't know why I bought this but I'm so glad I did.
The story plots his rise orrible erbert to onourable institution all told in his inimitable charismatic cockney way. Really enjoyable.
I was never a massive madness fan but did enjoy there music back in the day. I'm so glad I got this book, Suggs's story telling is infectious and once started it was hard to stop,I was finished in days. Suggs is so funny and the construction of the book is fantastic. A brilliant listen brilliantly read by the man himself. I highly recommend this book which will defiantly take you on a nostalgic trip and at times have you laughing out loud.
"pure genius..written and read by a genius"
the cool and calm melodical voice of suggs makes listening to this book an absolute pleasure.filled with fun laughter chaos and macness this book takes you back to times of youth and teenage bungling..thank you suggs your a gem
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