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Tainted Life: The Autobiography
by Marc Almond
Marc Almond's story features a larger than life cast of characters. It recounts his "de rigeur" plunge into drink, drugs, and debauchery as well as being an intimate portrait of the star-making personalities of the 1980s.
Paperback, 465 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Pan Macmillan
(first published October 1999)
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As a huge M.A. fan, I couldn't help but want to know what was going through his head all those years, but I think this book could benefit from another round of editing. I often wonder why--in the case of stories where the person of focus has a substance abuse problem--we are treated to numerous "episodes" that illustrate this point, when perhaps narrowing it down to a poignant few would do much to improve the flow/readability of the story.
I love Marc Almond. I love his music, his sensitivity, wit, good looks and everything about him. This book was ok. It mainly is about the music industry and his drug addiction; and of course, his music. The only thing I wish featured in this memoir is more personal anecdotes, there is absolutely no mention of his love life which I would've loved to read about! Still a good read, though; Marc is lovely!