Over the Top and Back

Over the Top and Back

The Autobiography

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The long-awaited autobiography of legendary singer Tom Jones, following six decades of unparalleled experiences in the spotlight to coincide with his 75th birthday.

Across six decades, Sir Tom Jones has maintained a vital career in a risky, unstable business notorious for the short lives of its artists. With a drive that comes from nothing but the love for what he does, he breaks through and then wrestles with the vagaries of the music industry, the nature of success and its inevitable consequences. Having recorded an expansive body of work and performed with fellow artists from across the spectrum and across every popular music genre, from rock, pop and dance to country, blues and soul, the one constant throughout has been his unique musical gifts and unmistakable voice.

But how did a boy from a Welsh coal-mining family attain success across the globe? And how has he survived the twists and turns of fame and fortune to not only stay exciting, but actually become more credible and interesting with age? In this, his first ever autobiography, Tom revisits his past and tells the tale of his journey from wartime Pontypridd to LA and beyond. He reveals the stories behind the ups and downs of his fascinating and remarkable life, from the early heydays to the subsequent fallow years to his later period of artistic renaissance.

It's the story nobody else knows or understands, told by the man who lived it, and written the only way he knows how: simply and from the heart. Raw, honest, funny and powerful, this is a memoir like no other from one of the world's greatest ever singing talents.

This is Tom Jones and  Over the Top and Back  is his story.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781592409617
Characteristics: 424 pages :,illustrations (some colour)

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Entertaining read from Tom Jones. This is no kiss-and-tell book, although TJ has had many well known affairs over the years, so don't expect that.

Instead we get a fairly comprehensive, often times very, very funny review of his life from his birth and early years in the Welsh town of Pontypridd to his first hits in the mid-60's, his longtime residences at Las Vegas, and more recently his re-emergence in the the late 90's and collaborations with a whole new generation of artists.

Jones lost his long-suffering wife (Melinda, or Linda) this last spring and he devotes one of the last chapters of the book (written before her death) to her.

So again, nothing really scandalous in the book (he can be very direct and opinionated, though), but an easy, well written read that informs without being all that revealing.

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LindaMarion
Aug 05, 2016

Tom Jones has a sense of humour - enjoyable book. now i understand the things he's done.

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booksgm
Feb 24, 2016

Not bad ,i don't think he revealed too much about himself regarding his personal life ,marriage etc. but entertaining all the same .

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