Kentish man Reply to on 25 September 2017
|Did little else over the past few days than read this just released biography of Robbie Williams written by Chris Heath in collaboration with the star himself.
It is a follow up to the excellent 'Feel' Biography which catalogued the years to 2004.
Feel was an insightful and well written biography and one I have re read several times. I am generally not one for autobiography's / biography's but RW and his story has always fascinated me . It is the essential dare I say 'manic' nature of him, his life, anecdotes , loves and hates that is so intriguing.
So this book - 'Reveal' - well it does what it says on the tin - continues where 'Feel' left off. It does so seamlessly and equally as enjoyably.
It doesn't not set out to impress, ingratiate - it just gives you a warts and all insight to stardom .
How RW tries to deal with it all- forgiveness ( of others and perhaps a little of himself) and the endless grind of being a star .
How everything he says or does or does not do is reported and often twisted by the media - particularly in the UK. Finding love, becoming a father, the ups and downs of musical success, the 'hokey cokey' with Take That and everything else that pops into his head is all revealed with startling honesty. Some of it not for the faint hearted.
Why can't we as a nation celebrate success? Like or dislike his music or his persona, sadly no one more than RW appears to think that he deserves success less.
I am a music fan - I am very happy to say that RW has been a part of the tapestry of my life (Now 50) and a part of the music spectrum that I enjoy - some of it speaks to me - from 'Please don't die' via 'Arizona' , Road to Mandalay to 'Di**khead'. Some of it is serious , some sad, some ridiculous and that is how it is meant to be.
I think we should be proud of our British lad, celebrate his talent, honesty and humour and look forward with him to future adventures culminating I hope in the next biography, written with Chris , at some point down that path.
If you never try you can never fail. Keep on trying RW, I for one will be cheering him on.