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Ould be hired for video shoots and through it all Gary records the wonderful friendships and the slowly building tensions that would eventually see five old friends facing each other in court‘I Know This Much’ tells the story of Spandau Ballet but it’s far than a book about being in a band Whether it’s meeting Ronnie Kray before filming ‘The Krays’ sketching out the fashions and subcultures of the day or hanging out with Princess Diana this book offers a story on every page And all the so because it’s all written – brilliantly – by Gary himsel Loved this book couldn't put it down I own a copy of soul boys of the western world and this leads you up to it Laid for the Grade 3 you up to it

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Gary Kemp’s story begins in North London where the Kemp family rented a home with no bathrooms and chickens in the yard After a couple of failed attempts to kill his brother Martin his parents gave him a guitar for ChristmasFrom schoolyard battles between the Bowie Boys and the Prog Rockers to Mrs Kemp’s firm insistence on net curtains and from acting for the Children’s Film Foundation to manning a fruit and veg stall on Saturdays Gary brilliantly evokes an upbringing full of love creativity and optimismAs the Thatcher years begin Gary’s account of the This was an interesting book about Gary Kemp's life prior to the beginnings of Spandau Ballet and beyond I grew up in the '80s so remember a lot of the bands mentioned in this book Depeche Mode Duran Duran Culture Club and of course Spandau Ballet themselves so it was interesting to get an insider's perspective about the bands and the culturelife that surrounded that early musical scene The book itself was well written and very interesting; I actually listened to the audiobook which was read by Gary Kemp himself He has a good reading voice unsurprising given his acting work Which leads me to say that it was interesting to hear about his various acting roles including The Krays which is a film I've watched and enjoyed multiple times This is a book to re visit again in the future Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You're Meant to Have yard After a couple of failed attempts to kill his brother Martin his parents gave him a guitar for ChristmasFrom schoolyard battles between the Bowie Boys and the Prog Rockers to Mrs Kemp’s firm insistence on net curtains and from acting for the Children’s Film Foundation to manning a fruit and veg stall on Saturdays Gary brilliantly evokes an upbringing full of love creativity and optimismAs the Thatcher I Married a Billionaire (I Married a Billionaire years begin Gary’s account of the This was an interesting book about Gary Kemp's life prior to the beginnings of Spandau Ballet and beyond I grew up in the '80s so remember a lot of the bands mentioned in this book Depeche Mode Duran Duran Culture Club and of course Spandau Ballet themselves so it was interesting to get an insider's perspective about the bands and the culturelife that surrounded that early musical scene The book itself was well written and very interesting; I actually listened to the audiobook which was read by Gary Kemp himself He has a good reading voice unsurprising given his acting work Which leads me to say that it was interesting to hear about his various acting roles including The Krays which is a film I've watched and enjoyed multiple times This is a book to re visit again in the future

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Outrageous London club scene centred around the Blitz and Billy’s is just sizzling Out of this glamorous mayhem of kilt wearing mascara’d peacocks would emerge Spandau Ballet – the band that would define the era and hold high the victorious standard of the New RomanticsGary’s thrilling journey with Spandau Ballet would see them record worldwide hits such as ‘True’ ‘Gold’ and ‘Through the Barricades’ play the biggest stadiums in the world and take to the stage in togas when their luggage gets lost in flight Stallions supermodels and dwarves w I wasn't a huge fan of Spandau Ballet but I really enjoyed this Very well written with some real moments of poignancy The story of his journey from being given a cheap guitar one Christmas and being jealous of the toys his younger brother received through his epiphany and the formation of the band To come from such humble origins and achieve all that he'd achieved both with the band and as an actor is the kind of story that all kids should read Thanks for sharing Gary Come Heal This Land younger brother received through his epiphany and the formation of the band To come from such humble origins and achieve all that he'd achieved both with the band and as an actor is the kind of story that all kids should read Thanks for sharing Gary


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  1. says:

    As a denizen of both Billys and Blitz early New Romantic nightclubs albeit one of the least fashionable of the regulars and clearly visible in a number of scenes from Spandau Ballet's televised 20th Century Box appearance at the Scala cinema in 1980 I was interested in reading Gary's book Whilst reading the book I also watched Soul Boys of the Western World the 2014 documentary about Spandau Ballet directed by George Hencken And just to put all my cards on the table I really liked a lot of their music up until Chant No 1 We Don't Need This Pressure On however have significantly less time for what came later Indeed the Soul Boys of the Western World documentary reinforces just how uickly the band became anodyne and bland once they were established in the mainstream and Gary's book reinforces his commitment to competing with Duran Duran and outselling them and other rivals Out and out commerciality rarely euates to great art and so it was with latter day Spandau BalletSpandau's explicit commerciality also feeds into the book's weaker aspects celebrity culture and name dropping There's a section around halfway which describes tours and recording sessions after the success of True that is nothing short of tediousWhat redeems this book is Gary's honesty about his own insecurities he continually thinks he will be found out as a fraud and also his touching descriptions of the importance of his family The early chapters about his upbringing in Islington are brilliant and the final section that describes the deaths of his beloved parents are incredibly touching I also really enjoyed his description of researching and making The Krays film Overall I found this book an unexpected pleasure


  2. says:

    For those of you loosely in the Gen X cohort this book will bring back memories and fully sate your desire for gossip about the likes of Culture Club Wham and others born of the androgynous post punk era of coiffed and heavily made up protest that was 1980s London But even if you’re not into the ‘80s any biography offers a certain insight into the human condition and Kemp’s reflections on births deaths and relationships are as evocative as his passionate prose about music OK I need to speed this review up so here is my list of favourite snapshots from this colourful story 1 Kemp and his eually famous brother Martin grew up with loving working class parents in a two room flat in central London When I say two rooms I mean two rooms with a Roald Dahl esue double bed in the living room and a bathroom shared between three families It’s hard to imagine upwardly mobile Islington in these terms if you visit its gentrified uarters nowadays 2 The Kemp boys were successful kids despite their humble beginnings Gary was a child actor heading off to the local drama school with the women who would go on to make Birds of a Feather and starring in critically acclaimed British films while Martin was a hot shot footballer up until Spandau got off the ground Gary and Martin would later famously star in The Krays and Kemp describes a fascinating if sinister research trip to Broadmoor – Britain’s high security prison for criminal nutcases 3 If you’re a child of the ‘80s Band Aid and Live Aid are your ‘where were you when’ moments Kemp brings to life all the bitchy drug induced competitive shenanigans than underwrote this great event in pop charity history I love that Sting had his driver drop him off around the corner as it wasn’t seemly to be dropped at the door of a charity gig in a car worth several thousand Ethiopian meals; a rookie mistake made by Spandau and Duran whose hungover rush to the studio from an all night German drinking session could only have happened with the help of private jets and chauffeurs 4 You’ll never guess who Kemp dated? Patsy Kensit and Sadie Frost Seriously those women seem to have made celebrity marriage a competitive sport listing everyone from Liam Gallagher to Jude Law amongst their ex’s For Kemp though Kensit was merely a crush whilst Frost was a marriage and is the mother to his eldest son She provided him with a wild side when he was in a melancholy lull and he gives pages to their whirlwind romance than he does to the meeting of his later longer term partner Frost is the painted mystery girl in the video for Gold whom I’d never noticed being too distracted by Tony Hadley and his dapper suit She was also in Bram Stoker’s Dracula which I love and was ‘the girl’ in Pulp’s Common People video love love LOVE I have a lot of reasons to want to come back as Sadie Frost in some future time warped incarnation 5 Kemp is famously the writer of the bulk of Spandau songs and by cleverly hanging onto royalty rights the likes of True will probably keep him in ski trips for a long time to come He is a darn good writer of autobiographical vignettes too A typical descriptive phrase “I’d been forced into a lug of a cigarette in the loos at Ally Pally ice rink by some predatory girls with red knees I watched cross eyed as the thick grey smoke left my mouth like a serpent and they laughed with dry mouths at my inability to take it in Real boys who had girlfriends smoked very seriously” Nice description of adolescent angst Gaz 6 Kemp did his fair share of partying in the heady days of pop stardom but there is a refreshing absence of addiction in this story No rehab no crises and a clear headed ability to comment on the toll those things took on his fellow musos His biggest stressor seems to have been managing the legalities and interpersonal euilibrium of the band – an inevitable roller coaster for a group of lads who have lived in each other’s deep designer pockets since the school yard 7 Kemp’s respect for his parents is eually remarkable They supported him uneuivocally throughout his life – from sending him off on tour with boil in the bag dinners to making floor space available to the waifs and strays of the London club scene They are the people he always returns to no matter how many millions he has in the bank and it’s their shoulders he seeks when a crisis happens It’s the kind of relationship I can only hope to emulate with my own kids His description of their deaths is moving and romantic – how lucky he was to be near them when it happened rather than gallivanting in pop star land I couldn’t put this down once I got stuck in and I couldn’t wait to download a Best Of album once I’d finished As Bob Geldof states on the cover blurb with characteristic candour ‘Great bloke great band great book’ A full review of this book can be read at


  3. says:

    This was an interesting book about Gary Kemp's life prior to the beginnings of Spandau Ballet and beyond I grew up in the '80s so remember a lot of the bands mentioned in this book Depeche Mode Duran Duran Culture Club and of course Spandau Ballet themselves so it was interesting to get an insider's perspective about the bands and the culturelife that surrounded that early musical scene The book itself was well written and very interesting; I actually listened to the audiobook which was read by Gary Kemp himself He has a good reading voice unsurprising given his acting work Which leads me to say that it was interesting to hear about his various acting roles including The Krays which is a film I've watched and enjoyed multiple times This is a book to re visit again in the future


  4. says:

    A tremendous biography from Gary He writes from memory and the heart A fine review of his own personal history and Spandau Balletts'His humility when discussing his experience at Live Aid when all the other acts seemed famous than him and how Paul McCartney made him feel betterI was familiar with every Spandau song he mentioned and yet I checked to see if I had any of their albums and found that I had none I should get that sortedI loved his remarks about being fiends with Claire Grogan who turned him on to Marvin Gaye and Al Green from which came the line listening to Marvin all Night Long from True I do like stories behind songs


  5. says:

    I wasn't a huge fan of Spandau Ballet but I really enjoyed this Very well written with some real moments of poignancy The story of his journey from being given a cheap guitar one Christmas and being jealous of the toys his younger brother received through his epiphany and the formation of the band To come from such humble origins and achieve all that he'd achieved both with the band and as an actor is the kind of story that all kids should read Thanks for sharing Gary


  6. says:

    Loved thisCouldn't put this book down nearly cried at the death of his parentsonly complaint was his description of his split from his first wife was little than one sentence


  7. says:

    Loved this book couldn't put it down I own a copy of soul boys of the western world and this leads you up to it


  8. says:

    Interesting for us 80’s freaks but got a bit boring a lot of reasons being cited for not doing as well as their Brummy counterparts All about the songsdeals and albums nothing really juicy


  9. says:

    DisappointingLove Spandau Ballet and Gary's work But as auto biographies go i was disappointed Felt he revealed very little about his life Sorry


  10. says:

    Gary writes in a way that allows me to feel his compassion his regret and his love Beyond the band and the 80's he writes of the importance of strong family relationshipsFor example his muse gives him a book p169 She gave me a gift I wanted to tell my two rivals but kept it a secret between us It was a book I read it as though she were reading it to me It slipped beneath my skin and the words bubbled up inside percolating through me I would send it back in a songTony's voice was so strong that his producer made him sing lying down during a recording session Still too strong so he covered him with a Turkish rug p 156 Gary states that the uest for being accepted among entertainers is a fruitless endeavor p 232 Unfortunately this world has inner sanctums within inner sanctums and threading your way through the temple of celebrity while holding on to your trousers of self respect is nigh impossible He considers Through the Barricades the best piece of music we would ever make p 243 He had a difficult time letting the band take it He had created it and wanted to control every aspect Finally he walked around town while Tony sang Tony gave the most incredible vocal he'd ever sung and claimed the song not only for himself but for the whole bandThe creative process is tricky You know what it can be in your head but the unveiling is difficult p 173 In my head is how it could sound with the band playing but as it's impossible to relay with just one instrument and a voice I attempted to describe it it's always the same experience as if I were summoning the courage to tell someone for the first time that I loved them desperately hoping that they felt the same way tooRegarding Gary's son Finlay he writes p 294 building a one to one relationship gives me joy than anything I've done before