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Take It Like A Man: The Autobiography Of Boy George

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  543 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Boy George, the lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Culture CLub, was one of the 1980s' biggest pop icons. This tell-all autobiography reveals the whole truth of his life, from the height of Boy George mania to the waning of Culture Club's fame, his failed relationship with drummer Jon Moss, his desperate battle against heroin addiction, and his return with the hi ...more
Published October 1st 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1995)
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Rob Powell
While never a fan of Culture Club I always found Boy George an intriguing character. He quite clearly doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks of him and the amount of self-dirt dished is staggering. George O'Dowd was clearly never going to be an 'ordinary' man and that's what makes his story such a fascinating read. This reader was left feeling deep admiration for George's candidness in relating events that really do not put him in a good light. I would imagine anyone who ever read this book is l ...more
Aug 28, 2007 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Music and Insanity Fiends
That Boy George is selfish and self-centered. Also, his story is amazing and fun to read, but only honest about other people, not himself.
Amy Elizabeth
I just spent a week with Boy George - I could not put it down. I was one of those fat preteens that he writes about not wanting to be a role model for. I did not realize how young he was when I looked up to him. I thought his message of "everyone can be whatever they want to be" was so original and life changing. Turns out he was self loathing and in pain for years. A very candid book with great pictures. He had several near misses with death and all the sordid details are included. I even looke ...more
Boy George's life is interesting from start to current and his biting wit shines throughout. He takes cracks at celebrities and is honest about his struggles with drug addiction, while never being preachy. FUN!
Sep 27, 2007 Alexandra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trannies, punks and David Bowie fans.
This book taught me so much about mid-70's London, David Bowie, and dressing for shock value. It also sparked my Boy George costume makeup phase.
This was a highly entertaining autobiography.
Even if you aren't a fan of Boy George I would recommend it.
It starts from his childhood until after his downfall with drugs.
Much like a Vh1 Behind the music but, alot more detailed.
Boy George is very funny. Even when he is talking about his addiction he made
light of it. He seems like a very creative and fun individual.
If you are looking for a good Autobiography, I would check this one out.
Seriously, get an editor!
I am just amazed that someone did not tell Boy George that not every single minute, every single emotion, every single thought, every single bodily function needs to be in this book.
Honestly, I wanted to like this book. I enjoyed his music and I wanted to know more about his life. I was wrong!
Kathleen Ritchey
Jul 06, 2008 Kathleen Ritchey added it
Recommends it for: no one
i know this is supposed to be GOOD reads, not horrible reads, but for the sake of my friends i must warn you: this book really sucks. and this is how. apparently boy george hates people who talk shit- despises them, really. then he proceeds to shit-talk everyone he's ever met.
Ohyeah, I loved it. I'm pathetic. I adore Boy George - I think he's a great talent and it's a damn shame that it's all gone up his nose. It kills me that he's now off to prison. An incredible waste. I'd recommend this for fans only...
I'm a fan of Boy George, but I admit I opened this book with low hopes. I thought it would be entertaining at best, but didn't expect it to be so well written or so full of insight into the London scene of 1980s.
Tyron Shaw
May 03, 2013 Tyron Shaw marked it as to-read
can't wait to read this book, as reviews say it's a good read
Leigh Roberts
Loved it, but then again - biased - love him
i'm entertained. love that brit humor!
Bekah Stogner
I love Boy George; people always ask me why and sometimes I can't give them an answer. I decided to read this book so that I could maybe put together a response that made sense. The first chunk of this book is good and interesting, with George's childhood home life, teenage runaway troubles, and everything leading up to the formation and success of Culture Club. The second half was harder to read and slower, despite it being about his failures involving the band and drugs. Now, I can say that I ...more
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Jonny Liebenberg
Very disappointing book. I was really looking forward to reading this as I have always been a huge fan of Boy George and Culture Club.

The book had way too much detail - I mean who honestly cares what George wore on a daily basis?

Also the book was very badly written. it almost seemed as I if Boy George dictated the book to someone.

He also seems to enjoy slagging other people off but hates it when other people criticise him.
Boy George changed my young life. Just seeing that face and dress like none I had seen before, I was charmed. This books explains it all. Still love George. Love this last bit of the epilogue too:
"I've been in damaged relationships for as long as I can remember. I hang in, hoping something will give, always blaming my partners for being cold and selfish. Now I realize like attracts like. Recently I came across a box of Jon's letters (Yes, she keeps everything) and I was enlightened to some of my
Another man who somehow managed to make it out of the 1980's alive. Reading his account of his heroin addiction and how he watched close friends die of it(including one in his own home), you wonder how he made it out alive. Yet he did, and thankfully we are able to read all about it. Reading about his tempestuous relationship with his father and trying to come to terms with his sexuality in the late 70's only to be catapulted into overnight success with Culture Club, he is refreshingly, sometime ...more
I started to read this book almost two months ago, I've finished about two thirds of it so far and I feel like I just can't go on...yet. The break's taken about a month now.
My suggestion: the co-author should have edited way heavily.
Compared to Marc Almond's Tainted Life this book just isn't so well written and is repetitive sometimes. It's not a bad book by any means and sometimes it is a very exciting and entertaining read - all it needs is a good editor because I really felt wasted after read
Lee Zebe
One of the best music books I've ever read. Page turner. Well written and honest.
Boy George is so interesting and his book doesn't disappoint!
I picked this up because it piqued my interest and I brought it home to look at the fabulous pictures of Boy George. I ended up reading the whole thing, even though I do not really like memoirs or autobiographies, because Boy George is so cynical, harsh, witty, and interesting. While he does complain about all the shit talkers and then proceed to talk huge heaps of shit, it is comical and I am apt to side with him more than Brooke Shields. The writing is unrelenting and not for the prudes among ...more
This is a great piece of freak history! The beginning of Mr. O'Dowd's memoir filled in the blanks in my mind regarding "The New Romantics" and that subcultural era in general. Boy lays out his path from poofter lad to Bolan and Bowie obsessive to punk rocker to club goer and 'drag addict'. The portrait he makes of working class England and it's subcultures in context - with it's Teddy Boys, squats, reggae and Vivienne Westwood shop, makes this a worthy read just by itself.

I was a child of the 80's, and Boy George was my idol in my youth. He opened my eyes to the many ways folks can be themselves, and he proved that you can create your own world to live in.

I sympathized with his life, and the adversity he went through to be himself. It's sometimes sad when people go down the road of excess, but the good comes when they survive and (hopefully)become a better person because of their experiences.
Eric Ross
This is a funny tongue-in-cheek book where Boy George gives a glimpse into his life growing up in the spotlight while staying in the closet. It was great to hear about his interactions with other celebrities, the pain of being in a secret love affair, and his downwards spiral into drug addiction. The pacing of the book is great most of the way through, and I found myself smiling and laughing out loud along the way.
The reason I chose this book was the 4 star rating it received. I was very disappointed. I did decide to finish it, but the last 200 pages were repetitive & boring. I felt like I was reading a teens diary.

I wanted to like this book, because I find Boy George very interesting. If you want to know every second of his life then this is the book for you. Again very disappointed and will not recommend to anyone.

I'd really like to give this 4.5, but as I can't, I'll be generous. I just found it genuinely enjoyable throughout. He's a hypocrite and a drama queen but it makes for great reading. I laughed out loud accidentally in public more times than I care to remember. A fabulously cutting wit who has lived through some surreal experiences, so makes for an easy but fascinating read.
♥ Marlene♥
It was a sad book. People say it was funny but I did not laugh once. Maybe because it all came close to home. Really enjoyed it though.
Wondering how George is doing now. I checked the Internet and discovered pictures of him having to work on the streets as punishment while loads of photographers were making pictures. He did look horrible.
Rick McGranahan
I have read Boy's book 7 times; stood in line for hours to have it signed, spoke to him and was inspired after reading it so many times to absolutely honest in my own memoir, Visiting the Ghost of Puppyboy, about my own fuck-ups and arrogaant ego in the nightlife industry.
Ill read it again & again
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