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It might not be cool, but I love Robbie Williams. I don't think there is anybody out there at the moment who can compete with Robbie. He might not be the best singer but having seen him live a few times, there is no one else I would rather pay money to see and be safe in the knowledge that I am going to have a fantastic time. There are few artists who's albums I would blindly buy but Robbie is one of them and when this book came out a few years ago - I blindly bought it!
Basically Chris Heath spends a year or so following Robbie around whilst writing the book. It's a fascinating insight into his world and thoughts by a journo who has actually spent time with him. Heath doesn't spend the entire time blowing smoke up his a*** either - it's a frank diary of spending time with Robbie Williams.
There are plenty of amusing anecdotes in there as well as a rather disturbing story about a story of a obsessed fan turning up at his house. Robbie's had and is having an amazing life but to be honest, after reading what he goes through in terms of sheer work, travelling and weirdo's following him around - I don't think I would be so keen to follow in his footsteps.
As a young twelve year old I was in love with Take That and if I'm honest Mark Owen was my favourite not Robbie. When they split up I took a great interest in Robbie's music it made you feel like he was singing to you, which makes you feel special. So when I heard that he was bringing an autobiography out I had to have it.
So the autobiography is called Feel (also one of Robbie's songs for all you non-Robbie fans out there!) it documents from 2002 and Chris Heath writes the book itself but he documents all Robbie's movements and conversations. So you feel like you are really there!
I found this book an extremely interesting and easy read; it shows that the life of the rich and famous isn't as glamorous as we all may perceive it to be. Robbie is very frank and open throughout the book showing that he is a person who is suffering from deep depression and how he has struggled with his weight and drink and drug addictions. There is also lots of humour peppered through out the book, which also adds to the enjoyment of reading.
As I have commented on before the book contains everything in Robbie's life and it shows his song writing process, his feud with his famous co-songwriter Guy Chambers and what is happening in the media and how it effects Robbie.
He also goes on to comment about his feud with Gary Barlow and what happened when he left Take That. It also documents his great friendship with Jonathan Wilkes who some of you may know from Robbie's latest tour.
The book itself is a huge 412 pages and my copy was hardback and I bought from ebay for £7. I believe you may get this book cheaper now from ebay or amazon.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it as it was extremely easy to read, and it also shows that how the media portrays Robbie is not always correct and that the recent news of Robbie being exhausted during his current tour will be very true because if you read this it shows you that Robbie adores his fans and gives his performances his all even if it makes him unwell.
G BRUNT COPYRIGHT 2006
Thanks For Reading xx
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Degree of Information High
How easy was it to read / get information from Very easy
How interesting was the book? Captivating
How useful was it? Pretty useful
Would you read it again? Yes
Value for money Excellent
Pros: FUNNY, ADDICTIVE AND EASY TO READ
Cons: NONE !
Recommend to potential buyers: yes
well first of all before reading this book i wasnt a robbie fan, i didnt exactly like his music, i mean i new he was a nice enough guy..but i wasnt a fan (never brought any of his singles or albums)!.
I was talking to a friend about how i really feel like reading a funny, easy to follow sort of book..as i dont really have the time to read long, deep books (often lose interest!). Thats when my mate told me about this book 'Robbie williams-Feel'. To be honest i was alittle bit sceptical at first, not exactally interested in his music, nor his life!..but after some searching on the internet and seeing how cheap the book was, i decided to gamble alittle and give it a go!.
Once i started to read the book, i literally couldnt put the book down, it's such an easy read...and Robbie's great sense of humour throught the book kept my eyes hooked from page to page..always wanting to know "oh whats going to happen next"...and well it was really interesting!, much to my suprise i really found his life interesting and the way it was written, it's almost like your right there next to robbie or freakly..in his mind!.
The book isnt actually written by Robbie himself, but much to my suprise that didnt really matter, because the author (Chris Heath's) was able to connect so well with Robbie, it was hard to tell that they werent family.
Although there is the frequent robbie humor in the book, the book also touches on his very deep depression he suffered and how till this day he still takes anti-depressants...the book goes into detail about his drug addiction, drink addiction etc...this gives the book a great contrast...of great humor and also often sadness. He also often refers back randomly to his days in TakeThat..which is easily to say are not his happiest memories!
The much published fued or seperation from guy chambers is also included and a very interesting insight into his studio life as well as his home life. What makes this interesting is that i never really thought of robbie as a true musical artist, however after reading about his song writting process, and how he randomly writes songs using his gitar..i have to say Robbie is definately shinning new light on me.
over all i have to say a great book...and its not just for fans (as im an example of that)..packed with humor, sadness and great day by day diary of the odd but human robbie williams.
"A MUST"! :)