I Am the Voice Left from Rehab

Random House Australia
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The life of a rock star to the brink of death and back - and there again - the most shockingly honest account of alcoholism you will ever read.

'I have performed for royalty, dined with Superman, stood on a stage before 100,000 people and graced the covers of magazines. I lived an enchanted lifestyle. I woke up one day to find it had all deserted me. I found myself lying broken, beaten and bleeding upon the wreckage of my youth.'

Achieving fame in the eighties with hits like 'Barbados' and 'Modern Girl', James Freud was voracious for everything and anything life had to offer. Vivacious and irrepressible, he hung out with Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux in London, he once hit Elvis Costello, toured with Kylie Minogue, stared down the barrel of Chopper Read's gun and got drunk with Tommy Lee. But as alcohol and pills came to rule his life, the hits stopped coming. He briefly got sober, but by the time he was promoting the first part of his autobiography, I am the Voice left from Drinking, he had become a chronic and hopeless alcoholic.

I Am The Voice Left From Rehab is the dark, gritty account of exactly what happened to James and his family next, chronicling his physical, mental and spiritual demise as time and again he drove himself to the brink of death through booze and drugs, to the despair of his loyal wife and sons. For four years, he was repeatedly arrested, hospitalised and institutionalised, and attempted suicide several times before finally he called on his deepest reserves of willpower to try, one last time, to get clean and stay that way.

This is the most brutally honest account of alcoholism you will ever read, by a man who even in his darkest days was so charismatic, funny and full of love that his family wouldn't leave him, a man who for a time found the strength to turn his life around.

James ended his life in December 2010.
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About the author

Born in 1959 as Colin McGlinchy, James Freud's bands included James Freud and the Radio Allstars, Teenage Radio Stars, Models, Beatfish and Moondog. Freud also had a career as a solo artist and writer. In 1977, Freud and his school friend Sean Kelly formed Teenage Radio Stars, a glam-punk band with Freud on lead vocals and guitar. They broke up the next year and Freud formed James Freud and the Radio Allstars. His hits included "Barbados", "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" and "Modern Girl". He has worked in commercial production, made short films and published two books.

James Freud ended his life in December 2010.
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Publisher
Random House Australia
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Published on
Jul 1, 2011
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9781742745534
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
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This content is DRM protected.
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Excessive, outrageous, hilarious - the tell-all bio from one of the princes of 80s pop. I Am the Voice Left from Drinking is the no-holds-barred, brutally honest journey of an artist who made it from the suburbs to the top of the pop music charts, graced the covers of every music mag, hosted tV shows, lived the rock'n'roll dream and is still alive (barely) to talk about it. After forming his first band as a teenager with Sean Kelly, James Freud found big fame a few years later when they teamed up again in the Models, one of the most memorable Australian bands of the 1980s. For the best part of ten years James toured the world, hanging out with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elvis Costello and Lady Di, all the while cranking out hits such as 'I Hear Motion', 'Barbados' and 'Out of Mind, Out of Sight'. this is a who's who of the entertainment industry; a funny, shocking tale of a man who has seen a lot and wants to tell his story. James is living proof that there is life after rock, that not every former music icon ends up in rehab or the funny farm, and that if they're actually still alive they've usually got some pretty interesting things to say! Excessive, outrageous, hilarious - the tell-all bio from one of the princes of 80s pop. I Am the Voice Left from Drinking is the no-holds-barred, brutally honest journey of an artist who made it from the suburbs to the top of the pop music charts, graced the covers of every music mag, hosted tV shows, lived the rock'n'roll dream and is still alive (barely) to talk about it. After forming his first band as a teenager with Sean Kelly, James Freud found big fame a few years later when they teamed up again in the Models, one of the most memorable Australian bands of the 1980s. For the best part of ten years James toured the world, hanging out with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elvis Costello and Lady Di, all the while cranking out hits such as 'I Hear Motion', 'Barbados' and 'Out of Mind, Out of Sight'. this is a who's who of the entertainment industry; a funny, shocking tale of a man who has seen a lot and wants to tell his story. James is living proof that there is life after rock, that not every former music icon ends up in rehab or the funny farm, and that if they're actually still alive they've usually got some pretty interesting things to say!
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