An assessment and record of both Manilow’s personal life and almost a quarter of a century of chart and touring triumphs.
Brand: Omnibus Press
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The author P. Butler got a hard rap from most reviewers back in 2002. Those reviews took place maybe as much as 10 to 16 years ago. I am almost finished with the book and I am pleased with the arrangement of the telling of Barry Manilow's life and achievements and his music history. I knew nothing about him before and now I feel I understand this kind, fragile, aggressive businessman who could write and arrange the most beautiful music. His presence at the piano and his showmanship that formed a glorious entertaining format is all explained by Ms. Butler. She did a great job in defining the steps it took to get Barry to the top. His beginning is so humble and one of things I discovered about this highly intelligent man was that he exuded a kindness that was also inherent in his beloved grandfather. Now, I wonder where he is today. Music has changed and practically disappeared from this generation but, my generation thrived on his beautiful songs. I had no idea what it took to...
This account jumps around without solid proven facts based on the crux of the read. Ms. Butler is making the claim that Barry Manilow is gay but she fails to 'prove beyond a doubt that he is'. Other areas such as his early life and family lineage may be accurate; however, her main objective bombs. This is mostly tabloid nonsense and it should never have gone to press in the manner presented. I have read many authentic Manilow interviews from the man himself and until someone can produce concrete proof of his personal life and choices, this is nothing but gossip. I read it for study purposes only as I do not read tabloid gutter character assassination junk. This is just that and I learned something about people who will do anything to make money off of a celebrity. The chapter on the fans is disgusting. She ought to be ashamed as I am one of those fans.
This book was good until it got to Barry's musical career. As far as his pre-entertainment story, it was excellent, with details of his life, friends, etc. After that it was more or less a catalogue of Barry's accomplishments. Of course it is possible that he HAD no personal life after that, but I don't think so.
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