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  • How to Be a Rock Star

  • By: Shaun Ryder
  • Narrated by: Shaun Ryder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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How to Be a Rock Star

By: Shaun Ryder
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As lead singer of Happy Mondays and Black Grape, Shaun Ryder was the Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of his generation - one of the last real rock 'n' roll stars. A true rebel, who formed and led not one but two seminal bands, he's had number-one albums, headlined Glastonbury, toured the world numerous times, taken every drug under the sun, been through rehab - and come out the other side as a national treasure. He's been the subject of several films, written a Sunday Times best-selling autobiography, was runner-up on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and is a star of Celebrity Gogglebox.

Now, for the first time, he lifts the lid on the real inside story of how to be a rock star. With insights from three decades touring the world, which took him from Salford to San Francisco, from working men's clubs to headlining Wembley, Shaun gives readers a fly-on-the-wall look at the rock 'n' roll lifestyle - warts and all: how to be a rock star - and also how not to be a rock star. From numerous Top of the Pops appearances to being banned from live TV, from being a figurehead of the acid-house scene to hanging with the Rolling Stones and Johnny Depp, Shaun has seen it all. In this book he pulls the curtain back on the debauchery of the tour bus, ridiculous riders, run-ins with record companies, drug dealers and the mafia, and how he forged the most remarkable rock 'n' roll comeback of all time.

©2021 Shaun Ryder (P)2021 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"There are enough stories about Happy Mondays to keep people talking about them forever. Bands live on through the myth really, myth and legend." (Steve Lamacq)

"If ever a book was meant to be read by its author, it's this one. Shaun Ryder's voice and delivery are perfect - so evocative. It's funny and irreverent as you'd expect but I loved hearing about how seriously the Mondays took the music, even if they didn't always take themselves seriously. Ryder says he's never cared about being cool which makes him the coolest bloke ever. Highly highly recommended." (Erin Kelly, Sunday Times best-selling author)

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Shaun Ryder being Shaun Ryder

Great stories and nostalgia. Really enjoyed hearing the connections between all the people involved with the Mondays and how many ways Shaun could say Rock n' Roll.

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Great listening, revealing and funny.

Took me right back to my early twenties!
Felt like a truly honest recollection of crazy memories, some fuzzy round the edges, some with full clarity, but all captivating.
If you were part of, aware of, or have heard your parents talk about Madchester, Acid House or Rave culture then you need to listen to this!
Good that Shaun narrated himself, I was surprised by how coherent he was!
After all he’s been up to he’s lucky to still be with us….

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Loved it

Brought me back to my teenage years. They were the first band I ever say live and Shaun’s story was so entertaining. Well worth a listen.

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