A Charmed Life

A Charmed Life : The Autobiography of David Essex

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Born fifty-four years ago in the East End, this is the funny, heart-warming autobiography of one of this country's most-loved pop performers. Born in West Ham in 1947, David recalls his childhood living in a hostel for the homeless and his passion for football that led him to play for West Ham United. He recounts hilarious tales of his introduction to music in 50s Soho, hop-picking with his Gypsy relatives in Kent, buying his first drum kit and playing in blues and jazz bands before he left school. At the age of 23 David was simultaneously the star of a West End hit musical GODSPELL, had a number one hit record with ROCK ON and was starring in the massive hit film THAT'LL BE THE DAY. David recounts the 'Essex Mania' of the time: the money - 12 houses at one time with 100 motorcycles (another passion) - the drugs, and the marriage break-up. He talks candidly about creating the role of Che in EVITA and missing out on Broadway and the film. Then there are the stories of times with Keith Moon, John Lennon, and Richard Burton - the pop stars and the film stars. This is an honest, funny and insightful account of his amazing life written by David Essex himself.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 33mm | 589.68g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0752851608
  • 9780752851600

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David had a very successful visit to LBS on 8 August, signing over 2,000 pre-sold copies for Telesales and doing a staff signing. EVENTS: We kicked off the book signing tour with BORDERS OXFORD ST (173 copies sold). Then OTTAKARS BROMLEY and WHS BLUEWATER on Sat 7 September before David sets off on his 55-date concert tour of the UK at the end of Sept, doing 14 bookshop signings onthe way (all listed on author events schedule) in: York, Edinburgh, Glasgow,Birmingham, Cambridge, Basingstoke, Croydon, Woking, Norwich, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Stevenage. He'll finish off with two Christmas signings in December at Costco/Selfridges and WHS Brent Cross. PRESS: DAILY MAIL -ran first interview on Saturday 17 August followed by 2 days of extracts.OK!- 'at home' with David 2 OctoberWHAT'S ON IN LONDON - interview to comeTHE SUN 9 Sept newsstory about signing at BluewaterTHE GUARDIAN 7 Sept news story 'A Charmed Life may be a surprise bestseller of the autumn'THE EXPRESS 27 Sept diary storyNORTHER ECHO - signing sessionGLASGOW HERALD - profile interview30 SeptDAILY ECHO (BOURNEMOUTH) profile interviewCOULSDON AND PURLEY ADVERTISER/CATERHAM AD/SURREY MIRROR/DORKING ADVERTISER: Interview and signing sessionWOKING NEWS - photo story of signing TELEVISION: BBC BREAKFAST NEWS - 28 AugustTHIS MORNING - 2 SeptKELLY SHOW UTV - 20 SeptC4 RICHARD AND JUDY - 24 SeptC5 OPEN HOUSE WITH GLORIA HUNNIFORD - 26 SeptSTV LUNCHTIME NEWS - 9 OctDES O'CONNOR lunchtime show 28 Oct RADIO: Interviews with:R2 'JONATHAN ROSS' - 31 AugustR2 STEVE WRIGHTR4 'LOOSE ENDS' - 31 AugustR5 'NICKY CAMPBELL' 29 AugustBBC RADIO SCOTLAND 'FRED MACAULAY' - 29 AugustBBC LONDON LIVE 'MEL AND SUE' -1 SeptLBC 'ANNA BOULTER' - 29 AugustBBC RADIO GMRBBC RADIO ULSTERBBC RADIO KENTBBC RADIO SOLENTBBC RADIO LEICESTERBBC RADIO STOKEBBC RADIO YORKBBC RADIO WALESBBC RADIO ESSEX Reviews:BBC COVENTRYDOCKLANDS & CITY RECORDER - fullpage feature review and picsSUFFOLK JOURNAL/ NORFOLK JOURNAL/ CAMBS JOURNAL/ESSEX MAGAZINE: 'You don't have to be a fan of the man to enjoy this rags toshow more

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