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  • My Autobiography
  • By: Boy George
  • Narrated by: Boy George
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Karma

By: Boy George
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Publisher's Summary

THE OFFICIAL STORY OF A MUSICAL ICON - TOLD IN FULL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS OWN WORDS

'I went to a lot of trouble to create Boy George and then I went through a whole battle for years about not wanting to be him. But now I enjoy and embrace it in a way that I wasn't able to as a young person.... I'm finally learning to be George Alan O'Dowd from Eltham.'

Karma is the definitive autobiography from the incomparable Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello award-winning lead singer of Culture Club and LGBTQ+ vanguard: Boy George. Told in his inimitable style, Karma tells the story of the charismatic frontman - the drama, the music, his journey of addiction and recovery, surviving prison, meeting legends like David Bowie, Prince and Madonna, and the highs and lows of a life lived in the spotlight and in the headlines.

This is the explosive and searingly honest account of Boy George's life as a child growing up in sixties London, coming out to his Irish Catholic family and exploring his sexuality through the hedonism of the seventies - the glam rock and punk rock revolution that birthed Culture Club - and the heydays of the nineties, to finally embracing the man and artist that he is today. With all the humour, honesty, sarcasm (and hats!) that you'd expect, Karma gives us a unique insight into Boy George's incredible story and the true evolution of a music icon.

'Culture Club is always going to be one of those lovers I go back to. I've railed against it and that Boy George character I created. For years I convinced myself I was a creature of habit, unchangeable, immovable. But eventually you have to look in the mirror. Not looking for spots, looking for something deeper. Why the hell am I here? I would say life is the point of life.'

©2023 Boy George (P)2023 Bonnier Books UK

Critic Reviews

'In what might be the most entertaining music memoir since Elton John's Me, Boy George's Karma weaves a meandering path through several decades' of fame, success, crash and burn, before delivering him into a kind of autumnal meditative serenity... This is George O'Dowd in all his exhausting glory.' Observer

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Great listen

This was a real easy listen and he’s really honest throughout. Didn’t want it to end write something else George !

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Crazy life of a pop star.

His story was crazy but sad. We got to know his personality and feelings. His voice put me to sleep easily while listening.

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Riveting

Loved every word. Boy George is very well read and articulate, which made this an even better read/listen. For such a superstar he is very grateful and grounded. I learned a lot about forgiveness and the will to move on. His music has often played in my house over the years and now will be more frequently played. Best musician biography out there! Keep on singing George! Xxx

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Karma, written by the best bitch.

I never wanted this to end, I felt I was enjoying a long chat with a friend, someone I've known since I was 7 years old. I learned so much about a man who used to hang on my wall and I would kiss as I left for school & before I went to bed. This book felt like the opening of my third eye and a peak under the hat all at once. If I never get the chance to meet you George, I just want to say, thank you & I adore you for everything that you were, are and will become. With love & light xo Shazzy

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Karma? Chameleon.

George takes us on a journey that leads to the destination of greater awareness of his inner life and is very touching as a result. Sympathy for the devil perhaps? He's such a great writer and wit. His ability to read a person is also balanced by moments of real compassion that he invites us all to give greater consideration. Karma Chameleon. Great job George.

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Remarkable and entertaining

I loved the humour throughout the book. George has certainly had an adventurous life with still loads more to come. Outstanding!

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honesty, gossip of interest. sharing of how to be just you with insight

listening to Georges continuing life journey his voice and laugh. thanks George for being who you are

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Love this

Initially Boy George was a little ‘tight’ in his reading, but he loosened up and starts laughing during the book, which was awesome! I found myself giggling as I listened. 😊

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Boy George of course!

Music honesty humour and now revisiting and discovering his music. Would listen again without hesitation.

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The inside story!

Some real insight into the real Boy George and amazing stories about himself and others around him during his rise fall and rise to fame! Very enjoyable and with 2 tracks on there also makes it even better 😊

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