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Titre : CATCH A FIRE. The Autobiography. (SIGNED ...
Éditeur : Headline, London
Date d'édition : 2002
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Fine
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : First Edition, First Impression.
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 10206
Synopsis : It's all here: the council estate childhood, the formation of the Spice Girls, the early months being groomed for stardom, the subsequent global domination, Geri's departure, the marriage - and acrimonious divorce - to Jimmy Gulzar, the birth of Phoenix Chi, the solo career and the leap into TV presenting. Not bad for the rebellious, mixed-up girl from Leeds who is still only in her mid-20s. Born to a working-class mixed-race family from Leeds (her mother took extra work cleaning toilets to pay for her dancing lessons), Melanie B grew up feeling different from her schoolfriends. Her hyperactive energy was channelled into drama school, and in 1994 the Spice Girls were formed. The rest is history.
Critique: In Catch a Fire, her frank and frothy if rather flabby autobiography, Mel B--"Scary Spice"--gives her side of the Spice Girls story. There are a few minor gibes at Mel C (and it's amusing to learn that in the fab five's early days the stick-like Posh did actually subsist on bread sticks), but otherwise fellow Spicies emerge largely unscathed. Those of a more salacious disposition will, however, be pleased to learn that former Spice Girl manager Simon Fuller and ex-husband Jim do not fare quite so well.
Mel explores her formative years in considerable detail here--perhaps in too much detail: there are, for example, more pages devoted to her parents' wallpapering techniques than to Geri Halliwell's dramatic departure from the Spice Girls. Born into a poor mixed race family in Leeds, Mel had a far from cushy childhood. Always a live wire, she admits to finding school boring but says she excelled in dance. Skipping most of her GCSEs to attend auditions, she made her professional stage debut dancing in Blackpool at 16 years of age. Crowned Miss Leeds Weekly News in 1992, she found herself on the "mad ride" to pop superstardom just two years later after being selected to join what was to become the sensational Spice Girls. "I was already living in a busy bus terminal and suddenly it became a train station and an airport all in one" she says of the headiest moments of Spice mania. As this memoir makes clear, Mel is now older, wiser and enjoying being a single mother. With a successful solo career in music, on stage and on television under her belt, she's no longer Scary but, perhaps, Cilla Black in waiting. --Travis Elborough
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