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Freaky Dancin': Me and the Mondays

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  188 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Bez is best known as the man with the maracas and side-kick of Shaun Ryder in The Happy Mondays. In this book, Bez tells how he lived in a Morrocan cave with a man who made his own LSD and, when thrown out of home by his policeman father, lived in a fully furnished shed for two years.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 4th 1998 by Pan Books
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Mr Disco
Oct 16, 2007 Mr Disco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY
I cannot recommend this book more highly than Bez has been every single day of his life.
Jul 02, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, music
"'Just do it, jump on an do yer mad dance an, er, play this maraca.'
It was a ball-achin moment of adrenalin an fear in a potent mixture."

Mark “Bez” Barry was/is the dancer and maracas player for the Happy Mondays. If you’re familiar with the band, the “Madchester” scene, or early rave culture, you’ve probably heard of him. His autobiography covers his teen years through the infamous Barbados recording of “Yes Please!”

What can you say about a person who is arguably the most iconic yet superfluous
Audra Deemer
A story of a young man who spends his days in constant pursuit of drugs could turn out to be a sad and cautionary tale. This book by Bez, about his young adult years and his (in)famous time as the maraca-shaking/”freak dancin’” member of the Manchester band Happy Mondays, turns out to be a very funny and honest memoir. Though much of Bez’s antics are self-destructive, it is also obvious that he quite enjoyed himself. He is unapologetic but he seems to hide nothing. Freaky Dancin’ is a must for t ...more
Ryan Heeger
Feb 11, 2013 Ryan Heeger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really enjoyable account of Bez's involvement with the Mondays, but also an insight into his scally days prior. In fact the first half of the book is dedicated to his solo pursuits and tribulations, including being stranded, skint and starving in Morocco. The final pages regarding the HM's unravelling in Barbados are painful but hilarious.
Sep 09, 2012 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not so much about the music, but what did I expect from an accidental maraca player? Tales of drugs, fights and car accidents told in a winky British accent from one guy who lived through the "Happy Mondays."
Nov 16, 2007 Mo75 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, this is pretty funny. It reads like how I'd imagine having a few pints and spliffs down t'pub with Bez would be like, with him telling random stories about being with the Mondays at me.
Nov 25, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very funny, the man (together with Shaun Ryder) are walking miracles. Not sure how both ate till alive, but the world would be a much duller place without them.
Nov 27, 2007 Mikebee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ex-ravers
i learned that bez and shaun ryder did enough drugs to kill every horse in england, and that happy mondays are one of the best bands EVAH.
Mattias Ivarsson
Feb 28, 2012 Mattias Ivarsson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the car crashes are the best part of the book. High quality slap stickcomedy and Bez himself is a genius of course
Craig Henry
Mar 18, 2013 Craig Henry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable, not just about the mondays but goves an insight how Bez became Bez
Aug 20, 2012 Ben rated it it was amazing
Really well written considering who the author is. Great book.
Jason Blake
Good fun if your old enough to remember the Manchester scene
Ian Fiddes
9/10. Great read- hilarious!
Leigh Roberts
Jan 05, 2013 Leigh Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this a great deal
Aug 22, 2012 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
well worth a read
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