I'm Coming to Take You to Lunch
A Fantastic Tale of Boys, Booze and How Wham! Were Sold to China
By (author) Simon Napier-Bell
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I'm Coming to Take You to Lunch by Simon Napier-Bell
Book DescriptionPop manager extraordinaire Simon Napier-Bell had had enough. He'd had enough of pop groups. He'd had enough of the constant grief at home with his two ex-boyfriends bickering and bleeding him dry; and most of all he'd had enough of the music biz. But then he fell in love with a new passion - the Far East; and a dynamic new duo - George and Andrew - jointly called Wham! Soon, in an audacious attempt to have the best of both worlds, he found himself offering to arrange for Wham! to be the first ever Western pop group to play in communist China - a masterstroke of PR which, in one swift stroke, would make them one of the biggest groups in the world. What follows is an exciting, unpredictable and hilarious romp around the more curious corners of the world as Napier-Bell dives into the unknown, attempting to achieve the unachievable. We soon find ourselves in the company of a wonderful cast of petulant pop stars, shady international 'businessmen', and a hilarious confusion of spies, students and institutionalised officials and ministers as he edges ever closer to inadvertently becoming one of the first Westerners to break down the walls of communist China.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780091897628
(197mm x 128mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Paperback (July 2005)
Takes on a tour of the clubs, parties, people and indiscretions of Swinging Sixties London. This book offers insights into one of the most exciting cultural periods of Britain, including some shocking stuff, from its revelation that the entire music industry was motivated by sex, to an embarrassing come-on from a suicidal Brian Epstein.
Black Vinyl, White Powder, Paperback (January 2002)» View all books by Simon Napier-Bell
A 50-year history of the British music business. Napier Bell, who discovered Mark Bolan, uses his personal insight to describe the industry. An industry where bad behaviour is often encouraged, drugs are rife, and where artists are pushed in the name of profit and ego.
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Author Biography - Simon Napier-Bell
In the 1960s Simon Napier-Bell managed the Yardbirds and co-wrote Dusty Springfield's huge hit 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' (also the title of his first book - 'The classic hidden history of Sixties pop' Jon Savage). He subsequently managed Marc Bolan, Japan, and Wham! as well as many other laughably less successful groups. www.simonnaplerbell.com
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