I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But...:The Truth about Fame, Fortune and My Life in Music

I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But...:The Truth about Fame, Fortune and My Life in Music

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No one can deny the impact that X Factor judge Simon Cowell has made. His acerbic put-downs and witty one-liners have sparked international debate whilst at the same time earning him a legion of admirers. Cowell's own story has all the brutal honesty you'd expect. I Don't Mean to be Rude, But...is as compulsive, entertaining and hard-hitting as his trademark insults. With tips and advice on becoming a star from the man who knows how to make it happen, this book is the ultimate through-the-keyhole view inside the music industry. But it wouldn't be complete without setting the record straight about those trousers, and the truth about the women in his life. In the fully updated paperback edition of I Don't Mean to be Rude, But...Simon predicts the future for the X Factor winners and dishes the dirt on American Idol. It's a complusive read and as compelling as the man himself.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Ebury Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8
  • 0091898285
  • 9780091898281
  • 139,613

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Do YOU have what it takes to be a star? Simon Cowell reveals the answer and takes you behind the scenes of "American Idol in this wickedly entertaining tell-all. Since the debut of "American Idol, puckish Brit judge Simon Cowell has become America's most notorious critic--not only on account of his incredible instinct for spotting the next breakout musical stars, but for his hilarious, shockingly candid repartee with everyone who crosses his path. Now, true to form, he holds nothing back, offering you a backstage pass to America's hottest show--the highlights, the gossip, the contestants who blew their chances--and takes you on a whirlwind tour of the music business while sharing his own insider opinions, on everything. From his days in the mailroom at EMI Records to the creation of "American Idol, Simon has always had a knack for judging talent--and for being center stage. Here, he tells the rollicking stories of his first insult (to his mother), his first music criticism (to first-grade teacher Mrs. Prigg), and his first image makeover (on his unfortunate younger brother). And of course, the side-splitting backstory of the birth of "American Idol--and all the dreadful auditions, bad hair days, judges' squabbles, juicy rumors, surprise triumphs, and #1 singles that followed. With his trademark wit and brutal honesty, Simon delivers the real dish on: Who gave the best and worst performances on the show? What really goes on between the three judges (and what was it like to kiss Paula Abdul)? Who were the biggest divas when the cameras weren't rolling? And, if you're an aspiring Justin or J.Lo, you'll also learn the trade secrets that only Simon knows: how to develop animage and make the most of your talent, how to find an agent or manager, how to nail an audition, and--should you be so lucky to make it to the top--how to stretch your 15 minutes into a career. Packed with razor-sharp insights into music, the fame game, and pop-music powerhouses from the Beatles to Britney Spears, "I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But...is your ticket inside "American Idol, and a highly amusing, no-holds-barred look at what it takes to make it big.show more

About Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell was born in 1959 and lived near Elstree Studios, North London. He began his career in the EMI mailroom and is now worth over GBP35 million. He owns the TV production company Simcow with BMG.show more

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"Zesty account of his life - it's got all the fun stuff" Heat "It's impossible not to be engrossed - he comes across as you'd expect - arrogant, egotistical, opinionated and totally magnetic" Daily Mirror "An engrossing read. Simon is a very interesting bloke, so we suggest you give this a quick squiz" Star Magazine "Fans and enemies of Simon Cowell will be engrossed in this inspiring story of his rocky road to fame" OK magazine "Love him or hate him, you've got to admire the high-trousered one. And this autobiog is actually pretty damn compelling" Heatshow more

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"Love him or hate him, you've got to admire the high-trousered one. And this autobiog is actually pretty damn compelling"show more

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