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Music, fame and a lifelong friendship.

In the early '80s, best friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward arrived at the YWCA in London, with their sights set on careers in journalism and the media...but that wasn’t to be.

London was the most vibrant and culturally innovative of places, and within the whirl of clubs, parties and new friends, a chance meeting with former Sex Pistol Paul Cook changed everything. Moving into Malcolm McLaren’s old office, they started rehearsing and singing background vocals for Paul’s new band before teaming up with Sara’s college friend Siobhan and forming their own group.

It wasn’t long before they’d made their first appearance on Top of the Pops, wearing clothes they’d made themselves and not sure which camera to look at. Who could have imagined that this would be the birth of one of the biggest-selling female bands of all time? Bananarama!

From a groundbreaking performance at The Brits, to sold-out world tours, party games with George Michael, hanging out with Andy Warhol in New York and a Guinness World Record, Bananarama’s DIY-style and attitude inspired a generation, obliterating all previous notions of what a girl band was or could be. Whether opening up about the challenges of making it in a male-dominated industry, balancing motherhood and fame, the hairstyles and TV interviews they’d rather forget, or the joys of writing and recording new music, Sara and Keren are honest, revealing and hilarious. 

Really Saying Something is the story of two friends who continue to pursue their dreams their way - and have a great time doing it. It is a celebration of determination and a lifelong friendship, with an unbeatable soundtrack.

©2020 Keren Woodward (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Doesn’t really delve into the music

I found it interesting that this memoir really is a story of what happened to Sara and Keren around their music rather than about their music. There were passing mentions to most of their albums and occasionally some insight was given into the songwriting and recording process for certain songs. This autobiography, however, is really more about the clubs that the two (and sometimes, three) of them frequented while on tour or promotion trips and the celebrities they met. Essentially, most of their experiences can be summed up simply as they had met someone famous, had a drink with them and then danced in clubs into the early hours of the morning.

Those hoping for deep insight into the songwriting process or how the group lost their third member on both occasions (Siobhan in early 1988 and her replacement Jacquie in 1991) will be somewhat disappointed since both were only briefly touched on. Additionally, those interested in finding out more about Bananrama’s most consistently successful period (the Stock Aitken Waterman years) will be sorely disappointed. Put simply, there isn’t a whole lot Sara and Karen had to say about the recording and songwriting process.

The history of one of the world’s most successful and long-standing girl groups is not really the focus of this story. This is very much a story about Sara and Keren’s deep friendship, a friendship that underpins Bananarama and also transcends it. This is a somewhat interesting read/listen to hear the life perspectives of two women who have been in the music business for so long (an impressive feat in and of itself) and their friendship that - much like their music career - has withstood the test of time.

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  • Shane
  • 02-11-2020

A fun listen

Unlike many audio books this is made more fun due to the ladies breaking script for funny asides and fits of giggles. This made for a feeling of friendship and a chat between mates reminiscing about good times as well as a detailed look at Bananaramas career.
I really enjoyed the girls story and would recommend this audio book. I wasn’t a massive fan of the music but as an 80s kid this book reminded me of many good times.

Recommended 👍🏻

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  • Bayfield101
  • 02-11-2020

A story of life long friendship and pop brilliance

Loved this book, I highly recommend 5 stars
Bananarama are the soundtrack to my life and learned so much about my favourite band

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  • Barry Noke
  • 01-11-2020

Amazing story of Friendship

Heartfelt and genuine. Emotional. I want a best friend like that. A fantastic story

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  • jojo
  • 12-02-2021

reminded me of my youth, smashing

reminded me of my youth, smashing. Glad to hear that we are all ageing together

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  • Mr Clifford H Bevan
  • 10-01-2021

Banananono

Truly dull, an endless list of name dripping and self celebration, pointless anecdotes dray narrated

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  • Sue Goodbun
  • 05-01-2021

Terrific, really great

You’d be bananas not to listen to this! Really fun and interesting, what a career!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-2020

Bananarama

Absolutely loved this book. Love the bananas. It was lovely to hear of their lasting friendship and reminiscing about the wonderful 80s.

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  • Juanjocruz
  • 20-11-2020

Cozy As A Great Friendship

The idea of an audio book had always seemed preposterous to me until Really Saying Something. As a Bananarama fan, it made sense to take advantage of this opportunity and indulge in having Sarah and Keren do the reading. How delighted I am for experiencing this format. The way they performed it was outstanding. Listening to them crack up in laughter transported me and made the whole experience more personal. I found myself often thinking of my best friend. What a brilliant career these ladies have had over the course of almost 4 decades, It has been a real treat to see if all from their end of the fence. Cannot wait for a follow up to the masterpiece that In Stereo is.

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  • MS E J Burton
  • 11-11-2020

A bit disappointing

I was really excited to listen to this story but it turned out to be a lot of name dropping and basically just stories of clubbing, I feel a little disappointed really, love the chemistry between the girls but there wasn't much of anything interesting, sorry, not for me

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2020

What a shambles

The editing is atrocious. What’s with the laughing. It’s not a joke. Not impressed with this book, wasted 6 hours of my life. Need
To do volume 2 with more dirt and integrity. Too much name dropping - yes we get the point you went clubbing. I used to respect Karen and Sarah- just lost my respect. Sorry

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