Absolute Pandemonium: My Louder Than Life Story
There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the pages at you.
Ready? Then open Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing...more
As with many biographies, I was especially enthralled by his childhood memories during WW2. Brian's father was a coal hewer from Goldthorpe, a coal mining village in South Yorkshire. He was a modest, understated hero. A union man who closed down ...more
Told with style, flair, and a turn of picturesque speech that literally had me crying with laughter at some points. As did some of the stories themselves. The opening tale about the homing turd on Mt Everest set the tone for the entire book.
Mr Blessed needs to write more volumes of memoirs. He barely scratched the surface with this one.
What I loved about the book was hearing about his childhood, he was one crazy young man that caused his parents no end of ...more
Over Christmas 2015, I listened to Brian Blesseds big, booming voice. No he didn't pop round for dinner, rather I listened to him read his autobiography, Absolute Pandemonium. In summary - a thrilling romp; a fantastic, fun listen. The best book Ive heard since I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan. Its read with ebullience and enthusiasm. He sings, he does the voices, he swears, he tells jokes, he does it all.
Guys, he's a nut. He claims to remember the moment of his birth. He claims he had stroke-like moments when he was younger that resulted in him being able ...more
I know that this book has drawn its critics due to the total exclusion of even a mention of his first wife and the daughter he had with her, but I don't know the back story so won't dwell on it.
This book is a roller coaster of fun, frolics, extraordinary stories, love and above all living life to the absolute full. As he says early on, "I write my own script for life" and his mantra is "Go for it".
His career has spanned well over 50 years and ...more
Okay, remember the bit in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (and don't pretend for a second you've never seen it) where the Sheriff of Nottingham turns up in his mask at Lord Locksley's castle with all his cronies and Locksley comes out on his horse and the Sheriff is all like 'Join us, or die' and Locksley's all:
'GOD! AND KING RICHARD!!!'
That's Brian Blessed.
Okay, maybe you remember him from Blackadder:
'CHISWICK! FRESH HORSES!'
No? Then maybe Flash Gordon:
I was sort of interested in some of his other ...more
Now for me thoughts on the book itself: I, likely like many others, mainly knew Brian Blessed from his memorable part as Lord Vultan in Flash Gordon, a movie certainly not neglected in this life-story, but only one chapter in a string of tall tales ...more
A humorous look at a fine man and a superb human being who i admit am a huge fan of...and i would say a fabulous five star rating is worth this book and in a big booming brian blessed voice.....
ITS BLOOMING BRILLIANT!!!!
So entertaining, pure fun - I loved it!!
As an introduction to his life, it seems to cover the main bits - his poor-but-decent ...more
And talk about living your best life.
Made three attempts to climb Everest (but made it to the summits of Acancagua and Kilimanjaro, and the oldest to get to the magnetic north pole on foot)
Slapped around a drunk and arrogant Peter O'Toole.
Yelled at Kathryn Hepburn for going on and on about Spencer Tracy.
Master of Ceremonies for the handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese.
Accompanied Princess Anne meeting Japanese ...more
And it was indeed. I could ...more