Buzzin': The Nine Lives of a Happy Monday
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Brilliant to read the life and times of Bez, met him last month at the old wollen, part of his conversational tour and got a signed book too what a genuine person he really is. Shaun Ryder (who pops up throughout this book) has already done a couple of excellent biographies with pretty much the same details. Mark Berry is the kid who clambered up on stage to dance with the band and never climbed down again.
At the height of his initial, turn-of-the-1990's infamy as the maraca-wielding dancer with 'Madchester' giants Happy Mondays, the pop-eyed Mark Berry, forever known to the world as Bez, was visibly a danger to society. When he bowled into Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, he ended up winning the series, as viewers came to understand his fundamental decency and sunny outlook.This is the story of a bad lad who has turned his life good, tracing his passage from early-thirty-something casualty to middle-aged politician, eco-warrior and bee-aficionado. There are very few typos and only one near-howler (to do with a roof and jumping – I’ll let you find it). You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Loved reading about his career , near misses fighting the establishment and the way he's tried standing up for what he believes in and his way of living now. Neither an accomplished musician nor even a very good dancer, Bez was a prime candidate for fleeting celebrity, soon to sink into 'Where Are They Now?
Although it's out together by a professional music journalist, this second biography of Bez has his stamp all over it. Equally, we’re ‘there along with’ Mark B, rather than observing his antics laterally, as we do with some autobiographies. The pre-loved books are carefully cleaned and maintained offering a wide variety of general and specialist titles from children's to adults. Also at the beginning he states he's not going to go on about criminal activities again because he doesn't want his kids reading it.No one’s claiming that Bez wrote all of this: some of it sounds dictated (‘That bloke out the Stones, Ron Wood’) and some edited (‘to whom’), but Andrew Perry has done a fair job of licking it into shape, so that you can still hear it being read in Bez’s own voice. The major problem with the book is that it's boring in parts - the bee keeping and reality party stuff is covered in way too much depth and Bez goes on about the pandemic lockdown being wrong (though he was partying on a private estate at the time). As an account of the deeds of the most wayward member of one of our most wayward bands, it does not disappoint.