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I Talk Too Much

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Summary

In Francis Rossi's explosive new memoir, I Talk Too Much, the Status Quo main man reveals for the first time the true-life stories behind the life and times of one of the best-selling rock singers in the world.  

With over 100 million records sold worldwide in a career that mirrors the evolution of rock music, from the flower power '60s, with hits like 'Pictures of Matchstick Men', through the denim-clad '70s and classic Quo-tastic anthems such as 'Down Down', 'Rocking All over the World' and 'Whatever You Want', through the turbulent '80s, when they famously opened Live Aid ('Quo and Queen are probably the only two acts everybody remembers from that,' said Bob Geldof), through breakups, makeups, and a total of 65 hit singles and 32 hit albums (not including compilations and live albums), up to the tragic death of Rossi's partner, Rick Parfitt, in December 2016.  

Along the way, Rossi has fathered eight children with three mothers, been through alcoholism ('I would drink 12 double tequilas before I could relax and have a drink'), cocaine addiction ('I had to have coke just to get out of bed. Until the day my septum dropped out of my nose') and accumulated and spent untold millions.

©2019 Francis Rossi (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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Repetitive

Hmmm .... very repetitive .... played gig, did drugs, got drunk,next gig, played gig, did drugs, etc. etc. etc.
Not much about actually enjoying playing, how I/we wrote this song, my playing, .... rather sad tale that is all too common of many, if not most artists/folk in the public eye.
The book was well read but oh so repetitive. Perhaps that was the point to illustrate, life on the road as a rock star ain't very glamorous at all.
Thankfully Francis Rossi says he now has his life happily together without drugs & drink and with a wonderful partner.
His 'Golden Days' of music are probably now behind him. Played a Quo track or two today, boy they were good in their day!

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A strange effect.

Not a bad listen but it had an unwelcome outcome.
I’ve been a Quo fan since seeing them with Queen at Wembley stadium in 1986. I picked up on the Rossi/Parfitt “double act” from then on and I will always love their music, whichever line up it is. I loved them so much my wife and I named our first dog after Mr ROSSI. We also bought tickets to see our author on his recent speaking tour which was a hoot.
Strangely, after listening to his life story, I find I’ve come to dislike him quite strongly. To be fair, there’s quite clearly some times in his life when he’d side with me. This is testament to a pretty honest and often, graphic retelling of his life so far. I’m glad he’s come through the worst but my goodness, the carnage left behind is mind blowing.
It made me chuckle to be told it wasn’t a book about Quo, or Rick Parfitt when 95% of it was. I would imagine 95% of listeners/readers were relieved to find out it was.
The narrator did a good job with only a few glitches. There was some pretty awful ghost writing at times and I’m sure everyone knew who Rick Parfitt was after his first few mentions. There was no need for full names as often as they came.
Overall, I enjoyed it for it’s honesty and frankness but would have loved to hear a bit more the music and performances. Oh hang on, he can’t remember that....

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Bloody brilliant

Francis was my first ‘love’ as a 13 year old back in the day in the 70s - I wanted to marry him!! What a life, what a lot of wives and how much rock and roll is poured into this book. So good to hear the stories and understand more about the highs:lows and twists. Rick was a legend and I still smile thinking of my denim waistcoats, thumbs in belt tabs, hair down to Caroline. Rock on Francis/Frame...

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one in a million

a million to one chance of finding a story like this,.... like Francis. love every minute

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Unlikeable character but I suspected as much

I’d have like a bit more insight into the classic years but Francis seems more keen to tell us about how good they’ve been since he took full control. Ended up feeling sorry for the rest pf his band mates.

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oh dear!

poor Naration. .. subject is brilliant. But the Naration spoilt it... another book to be returned as I couldn't get past 2 chapters..

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loved it

A great listen, glad I stumbled across it. would recommend to anyone with an interest in the Quo

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ok

definitely not the warts and all version which is a shame because he owes nothing to fans or bandmates. still interesting

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On the Level

I Loved this. A great insight into the Quo. And the lives of Francis Rick and the boys. Absolute Characters. Well worth a read.

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Francis Tells Most - Not Quite All

A good listen. some clear insight into the workings of Francis' mind and how the Quo developed. Some fascinating points. A good read. Left me with mixed thoughts on Francis - but aren't we all a mix of good and bad?