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Tainted Life: The Autobiography

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  115 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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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Steph Anne
Jan 05, 2008 Steph Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marc Almond fans.
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.
SJ
This was an outstanding, fascinating, and thoroughly entertaining look at the life of Marc Almond (best known as the singer from Soft Cell) from his own words. I wasn't even a big fan of his when I read this, but became one after. One of my favorite books.
Darren
This book is amazing. And I'm in it, so it really needs 6 stars, instead of 5.
James
I loved this book and found the story very different from what I expected...good read if you are into the 80s and Almonds music
Alizé
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!
Alvin
You probably have to be a Soft Cell fanatic to love this book, but I am and I did. Marc is wildly self-aware and honest, and just as you'd expect from his music, manages to wring a few laughs out of his perpetual torment. Yay!
Robert
An extremely in depth look at the life of singer Marc Almond. If you think its easy being rich and famous, it is and that's the problem.
Peter Mceachern
Probably the best autobiography I have read so far, and there have been many.
Brutally honest yet humorous.
Maj
SO well written!
Once you start you really can't stop... :)
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