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Praying to the Aliens (Anglais) Broché – 8 octobre 1998


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Praise to the alien 11 septembre 2003
Par "thegrey1947" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Finally, a book about the "godfather of electronica" and by none other by the man himself, Gary Numan (assisted by Steve Malins).
That 302 pages (not 96 as stated by Amazon.com) autobiography covers 40 years of Numan history: from birth (1958) to The Mix (1998). Gary Numan is supprisingly frank and humble about his first attempts at punk rock with the original Tubeway Army (now available on CD under the name of "The Plan") through his first synth experimentations on the "Blue Album" (released then under the name of... "Tubeway Army"!).
The book is highly enlightening about his musical development, his early vision of electronic music and sci-fi-induced inspiration for many of his songs. Not only sharing lights on his hits and misses of his professional career and his lack of recognition from the UK press, but also offering quite a surprising glimpse look at his highs and lows of his personal life.
In "Praying to the aliens", fans are offered the naked story of Gary Anthony James Webb, born from a very humble family, whose childhood dream is none other of becoming a Pop Star as a grown-up. It's also the story of a man who knew an insane cycle of wealth & poverty, success & failures, love & hatred, dreams & dellusions, expectations & deceptions. His life story is told frankly: Gary doesn't hesitate to expose his missteps and takes the blame for it without searching to blame the others for his misfortune. "Praying to the aliens" is the story of a man come to maturity after learning the hard way that the music business & life in general is nothing close to a bowl of cherries.
Gary Numan IS an alien! Read the book and see how disarming his honesty is. Not your usual pompous a** "better than thou..." egomaniac! Inspirational as well as entertaining... but also scary as a reality-check! Being a Pop Star is not exactly what it seems to be.
I gave it 4 out of 5, not because it's badly written. But because it contains a truckload of aviation adventures & stories (yep, Numan is an airplane pilot!) and it gets boring from time to time. His passion for flying his understandable & excusable... but you gotta love it too or after a while it bugs you down a bit.
Unfortunately, the book is out of print now. Let's hope a new version will be published in a near future. Pick it up if you see it used. It worths its price IMHO.
Good reading.
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A fuller picture of Mr. Numan 3 décembre 2007
Par TheFury22 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is a good read. If you want more about Gary, especially during the early years, this is it. I wished he had spent a bit more time reviewing the songs and talking about band members (Ced, we hardly know you!), but I'm quibbling. For big Numan fans.
Nice guy 25 janvier 2015
Par Aylasaur - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Great insight into Gary Numan who in the 80's used to come off as an arrogant Prima donna but is in fact a very down to earth, humble, likable and even funny guy. Only downside is that this book is a bit old so it only covers his career until the late 90's. He has since had a great resurgence so it would be interesting to read about his life for the past 15 years.
Fresh Air 12 novembre 2009
Par Jill L. Henderson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
It helps to be a "Numanoid" when you read this book. I grew up with his music and have been a fan for years. A very down to earth no holds barred look at Numan's career. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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