The first official bad boy of opera, this is the story of his life - the ups and the downs, from finding fame to losing his father - and of his love affair with music.
A story not typical of most musical stars, Alfie's dreams of singing only became a reality when fate intervened in the form of a stranger: he was training as a car mechanic when a customer overheard him singing and told him about a London audition. Alfie tried out, got the part and has never looked back.
Celebrated worldwide and lauded by Baz Luhrman and Cameron Mackintosh as the best tenor we've produced in a generation, for the first time, he will grant his millions of fans an intimate glimpse into the life of the man they adore.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster UK|
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Table of Contents
1 Into The Abyss 1
2 Little Drummer Boy 7
3 Made In Fleetwood 17
4 Buster Boe Comes To Town 27
5 Finding My Voice 37
6 Backstage In Blackpool 47
7 Hard Graft And Heartache 57
8 Getting The Buzz 65
9 Off To The Opera 73
10 Learning The Rules, Breaking The Rules 79
11 The West London Karaoke Mafia 87
12 Climbing Out Of The Hole 97
13 Space Opera 105
14 Dad 111
15 On The Road 123
16 Back To The Drawing Board 137
17 Rocky Road To Broadway 145
18 Pinching Myself 155
19 Falling In Love In San Francisco 163
20 Singing On Broadway, Sleeping On Lilos 171
21 Discovering America With The Jazz Cats 181
22 Breaking In 189
23 Requiem For A Squeezebox 201
24 Boy Needs A Song 211
25 Golden Lights On Dark Days 221
26 French Convicts, American Cowboys 229
27 Valjean To The Rescue 237
28 Ruffling Feathers 249
29 My Little World 257
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love Alfie Boe, and I am only 11. I recently attended his concert at BergenPAC in NJ and I absolutely loved it. I got to meet him, and he was so kind! Definitely my favorite tenor! I got hugged 5 times! I need to read this book! And since he is SO kind, you should too!
Alfie Boe is an incredible performer with an awesome voice. Beginning with a career in opera, his vocal and acting abilities have taken him to stages around the world. But it was not always clear that he would achieve stardom As the youngest of nine in a blue collar family in northwest England, Alfie was told to get a job doing something that would always support him. So he became a body mechanic at a local car factor. Fortunately for music lovers, a customer told Alfie to go to London and try out for the chorus of a production of Pirates of Penzance. He did, was taken on and through hard word and natural ability became and opera star, musical theater star (Les Miserable) and stage performer. He's sung for the Queen and thousands of others. It was a hard journey. His story gives insight into just how tough it was and just how rewarding it is. The first chapter alone will knock your socks off.