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From humble beginnings in Middlesex, where money was scarce but dreams were encouraged, to the award-winning godfather of electronica, Gary Numan has seen it all. His incredible story can be charted in two distinct parts....

The first: a stratospheric rise to success quickly followed by a painful decline into near obscurity. At school, Gary fell through the cracks of the system and was expelled. An unlikely but determined popstar, he earned his first record deal aged 19 and, two years later, had released four best-selling albums and had twice toured the world. But, aged just 25, it felt like it was all over. Gary's early success began to hold him back and he battled to reconcile the transient nature of fame with his Asperger's syndrome.

The second: a 20-plus year renaissance catalysed by a date with a super-fan. Gary catalogues his 15-year struggle with crippling debts, his slow, obstacle-laden journey back to the top (and the insecurity that comes with that) and why Savage reaching number two in 2017 meant more than the heady heights of 1979. Gary also candidly discusses the importance of his fans, why having Asperger's is a gift at times, the inspiration behind the lyrics, flying around the world in 1981, IVF struggles and the joy of fatherhood and his battle with depression and anxiety.

(R)evolution is the roller-coaster rise and fall (and rise) of one man, several dozen synthesisers, multiple issues and two desperately different lives. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, this is Gary Numan in his own words - a brutally honest reflection on the man behind the music.

©2020 Gary Numan (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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It's a story of two halves.

Ok, so Gary is a songwriter and musician, not an author. The book's prose is fairly simply constructed, but if (like me) you've been a Numanoid since 1978 (when I was 6), this is essential listening for you.
It's made all the better, in my opinion, by Gary reading it, and since he was there, it adds credibility.
It's written from the heart, he comes across as genuine and open in the dialogue and it's fascinating to hear the origins of all the pop culture that I have adored about both Tubeway Army and Gary himself since I first heard him on a Peel session (we had no TV in 1978, radio was my world).
If you're looking for a book that helps you to connect with Gary in a real way, this is the one.

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The Rise & Fall & Rise of A Music Pioneer

Gary Numan's The Pleasure Principal was the very first LP, or album as we call them today, I bought way back in 1980 when I was just 13. I'd heard nothing like that sort of music before, having only really known disco and the pop music of the time.

Just two years later, as far as I was concerned, and Numan was gone from the music scene, a has-been, a flash in the pan etc. What I didn't know back then was just how prolific Numan Was in terms of making music. The lack of radio play and publicity in general for any of his albums post Telekon really put paid to his career as far as the mainstream was concerned.

This lack of publicity as well as a bad decision as far as touring went back in 1981 are all covered in brutal detail in Numan's new book. In fact, there were times when perhaps his honesty was too much!

I was riveted to this book from start to end, reading large chunks of it in single sittings. The cherry on the cake is that Numan himself reads this and is able to put across his feelings doing so. In particular, the raw emotion in his voice when describing his mothers death was heartbreaking to hear. There are so many stories to be told in this book and most of which most people will never have heard. Even if you're not a Numan fan, you will find the life of a struggling musician fascinating with all the ups and downs as well as stories of some of the characters in the music industry.

Numan doesn't hold anything back in this fascinating, funny, sad and happy story of the past 40 years of his life and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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Fantastic!

Great book, made better being read by the author. Open, honest and at times very touching.

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This man is my new hero

All the highs and lows of his career and his life are in here, spoken by the man himself with brutal honesty from start to finish. This book provides a masterclass in perseverance, and is tremendously inspiring, exciting, hilarious, as well as sometimes emotionally devastating. It's all here - Get stuck in!

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It's an honest account

Delivered by Gary Numan, the book gives s chronological account of his life from superstardom to many, many years of despair to becoming relevant. As a fan from 1979, Gary had always been relevant, but when you are fighting against the"system', hardships endure. I loved this book.

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Really Enjoyed this book!

I bought this book because I was 14 in 1979 and I loved Are Friends Electric at the time and I recently read that Gary had Aspergers and flown around the world. Other than that i'd have no interest in a music industry type of book. i was also looking for a change in the type of book id been listening to so I figured I'd give it a go. I really enjoyed it... it brought back a lot of memories for me from that era of course but it was also a great insight into aspects of the music industry and how it works. Gary kind of had huge overnight sucess in 1979 but it turns out that this was just the beginning of a very long journey for him. i was amazed at his songwriting ability and process and how he is able to keep writing new stuff and of course how he moves with the times and is constantly learning new skills to keep ahead. Garys aspergers allows him to be slightly obsessive and clearly focused on things which are important to him and he can compartmentalise things too fairly easily which is a handy tool. of course compartmentalising harmful emotions can be a short term fix but eventually they need to be dealt with... Great book and great example of how to be a success in that business... and no drink or drugs involved... Gary Numan - true talent, honest, a real artist who has stuck uncompromisingly to his principles!

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Open, honest with moments of real humour.

I have been a fan of Gary’s music for years so was pleased to see this book announced.
It didn’t disappoint, I love the fact that he read it, I learned all sorts of things about IVF, song writing and that behind the glamour of pop stardom is a lot of grind!
It’s a great read/listen if you are a Numan fan or not.

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Fantastic, honest, heartfelt story

Brutally honest life story of a music icon. I was concerned this would be too much like his previous autobiography, Praying To The Aliens, but there is so much more to his story and the fact Gary narrates adds an incredible emotional edge.

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Nothing missing

A little too long for me but interesting and very open a must for fans

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loved this autobiography... Gary Numan is a legend

absolutely fantastic book.... such an interesting listen.. Gary truly is a legend in my eyes... so talented and seems such a lovely and genuine man..

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  • E. Stacy Creamer
  • 12-05-21

Absolutely Winning Memoir

I saw Gary Numan for the first time a couple of years ago at a concert in Brooklyn. I went with friends as a bit of a lark--and was completely blown away! I've see him since at Irving Plaza. I now count myself a fan. So I was quite interested to listen to his memoir, which he so ably narrates. (R)evolution is phenomenal. Numan is so honest, so modest, and so completely winning without really trying to be. He's had a fascinating life so far--and not just because of the music, although the music remains his central focus here. But along the way we learn about his early years, his Asperger's, his love for his parents, his devotion to his Gemma and their three girls, his flying adventures, his creative and marketing challenges over the years, and his battle with depression. Thanks to listening to him in this audio, I now feel like I know Gary, and on a pretty deep level. And in some ways--thanks to his frank, entertaining style--maybe I do. Hats off, Gary. I thoroughly enjoyed (R)evolution. Can't wait to see you on tour again. Hope it's soon.

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  • Johnathan Bond
  • 10-06-21

so good!!

Loved it so much! felt like he was sitting right across from you reading this book!
felt way more connecting that it was read by Gary! I recommend it to anyone not just fans of his. its a good listen for sure!