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Exit Stage Left: The curious afterlife of pop stars

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Some ex-stars still seem pretentious and over-the-top, but there’s a genuine warmth running through the stories. They will talk about their new album, or their upcoming tour, the Grammys, the Brit Awards – so it’s fairly ephemeral,” says Duerden. Others, such as Leo Sayer didn't fully realise what they'd gotten into and like Donny Tourette it was the record label's last swing at keeping a band alive.

g. Don McLean and Leo Sayer) up to the 2010s, with the bulk coming from 80s pop, and 90s indie bands. The opener is a sensitive account of the life and career of Peter Perrett of the Only Ones, whose 1978 release Another Girl, Another Planet is one of punk’s great pop songs.He tracks down former chart-topping and famous musicians, and interviews them about what life is like after you stop being a music celebrity. Exit Stage Left is a funny and poignant book, drawing on Duerden’s considerable experience as a journalist and interviewer .

Recommended for music fans and for all artists who don't want to think about life on the other side of fame, but being prepared for might not hurt. Nor has the English been checked any more thoroughly than the facts; among others I noted a complement/compliment mix-up, and a pallet for palette (which I supposed was at least more novel than the usual palette/palate, but no, that was waiting for me further in).It’s a question that almost every performer faces in an industry that fetishises youth: is it better to burn out or just fade away? Highly recommend this if you've ever been obsessed with being on the other side of the counter or stood adoringly waiting for your favourite band to hit the stage at the height of their fame.

For many, the answer appears to be a reliance on illegal substances and for the most part everyone who has ever chased the dream of being a popular musician has found themselves ravaged by emotional scars and serious questions about their self worth. I would recommend this to readers who like to read about the artists that didn't have the lifelong pop careers that so few do but that didn't all crash and burn (though there are plenty of crashes). The story goes that The Human League’s Phil Oakey smashed the phone to pieces immediately after hearing from his manager that ‘Don’t You Want Me’ had gone to number one in America. Fame is the brightest candle, but in this brilliant collection of interviews, Nick Duerden answers the question: what does a candle do after it’s burned out? Nick Duerden has written a fascinating exploration of what happens to most pop stars when the hits dry up.I made a conscious decision to end my celebrity career when I suspected that decision was not far from being made for me.

But many are still in the music business in some form or other, just not doing what they were doing before. Seaton luckily escaped unscathed and what he did next is just one of many fascinating stories told herein. I found this quite repetitive and dull which was a shame as I thought the subject matter was very interesting.This was a book that addressed what famous musicians experience when that initial burst of fame peters out.

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