The 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time

Awesome rock & roll reads, from Keith Richards and Patti Smith to Slash and Nikki Sixx

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Boy George: 'Take It Like A Man' (1995)
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21. Boy George: 'Take It Like A Man' (1995)

The story of a natural-born poseur. Boy George grows up as the "pink sheep" of his working-class Irish Catholic family, getting his start on the London club scene as a coat-check boy with a face full of cosmetics and a reputation for picking the customers' pockets. He becomes an international pop sensation with Culture Club, while having a torrid affair with the drummer. The Boy doesn't worry about making himself seem likeable – quite the opposite. He bitches himself out along with everybody else, which is why his catty recollections make this book addictive.

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