Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography

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Pan Macmillan, 2007 - Rock musicians - 344 pages
37 Reviews

One of the most successful pop stars of the 80s, his face adorning posters on teenager's walls from Acton to Akron, Adam Ant was a phenomenon. Now in this frank and revealing autobiography, he tells the full story of his amazing life from his dysfunctional childhood to his key role in the punk movement and creation of a unique musical style that brought him a string of hits (both singles and albums). At one point he was so famous other stars sought his company and advice - even Michael Jackson called in the dead of night to ask about music and clothes. His many girlfriends included Jamie Lee Curtis and Heather Graham and for a time he lived in LA, acting in fifteen films.

Adam also writes honestly about his life-long battle with manic depression. His first episodes were triggered by the stress of living with a violent, alcoholic father, and he tried to commit suicide when he was at art school. A gruelling episode with a stalker in LA precipitated a mental breakdown, and a stalker in London led to his well-publicised arrest and hospitalization in 2001. At times funny and at other times tragic, this is gripping account of the turbulent life and times of one of music's most fascinating figures.

'A whirlwind story of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, suicide attempts and deranged stalkers' Time Out

'With plenty of lessons to be learned about fame's downside, [this] is an intriguing tale, well and honestly told' Q Magazine

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User Review  - Aoife Lennon - Goodreads

Stand & Deliver is a powerful autobiography. You feel as if you are in Adam Ant's head throughout the book. Parts about his bipolar disorder were difficult and and at times upsetting to read, but he is truly a survivor. I would recommend it to anyone who loves his music. Read full review

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User Review  - Terry Ann - Goodreads

Read as much as I am going to ... found it tedious in the mid section and did not really want to finish. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Adam was born in north London and became in integral part of the capital's punk scene before creating his own brand of music. He had 13 hits in the top twenty (3 of them number ones), as well as bestselling albums. His music continues to be influential today.

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