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I Talk Too Much

My Autobiography
Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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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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Bitter sweet

Biting the hand that helped feed him springs to mind, I loved quo, but kinda fell out with them when they reformed in the 80’s, they became a karaoke band in my mind, all crap covers. Before this, seeing them live was pure delight, they looked like they were all enjoying themselves, and that crossed over to the crowd, but reading this book has tarnished all the memories, Francis Rossi seems to have little but resentment for them times, yes, some great stories, and h does try to say there were good times, but there seems bitterness towards all ex members.... as for Quo, they don’t exist, it’s the Francis Rossi band now, which is what he wanted all along by the way he tells it

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A great listen explores one of rocks great double acts + a hell of a lot more

I am a Status Quo fan and had read lots of different accounts of the career of the band and FR but this really gets in there . Brilliant .

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He may talk too much but Its fantastic!

Loved this. Honest truthful amazing man.
Narrator was ok but more enthusiasm wouldn't go amiss!

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Nearly great

Lacks depth of characters and feels like the author has more to say but still very enjoyable.

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shame it not read by Francis Rossi

really interesting life story
and a believable honest account
liked status quo even more after listening to this...

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a must for quo fans

A great listen. Brilliant to hear what went off with the band, in it and outside it

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Rossi Rossi Rossi !

Enjoyed the book. An interesting mix of Rossi's upbringing and band life. I've learnt much more from this listen !

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As Expected

Narrated really well, Micheal Fenton did a great job with an ok book. I am a big fan of quo and indeed Francis Rossi, and although there were some bits where I had to keep listening, it didn't wow me overall. Nothing wrong with it at all and I look forward to going to the "evening with" Mssr Rossi. I think I just sort of knew the story already!

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Status Quo

As a fan l was both surprised and shocked at the things I listened too.
I had to just keep listening .

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