Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography

Author: Phil Collins

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473536146

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

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Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’ candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell over 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but he has never lost his talent for crafting songs that touch listeners around the globe. This is the story of his epic career, from child actor to one of the most successful songwriters of the pop music era. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on-the-job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Later he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel, and compose the songs that would rocket him to international solo fame with the release of Face Value and ‘In the Air Tonight’. Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, playing twice at Live Aid, or writing the Oscar-winning music for Disney’s smash-hit animated film Tarzan, Collins keeps it intimate and his storytelling gift never wavers.
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Not Dead Yet

The Memoir

Author: Phil Collins

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 1101907495

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music. In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film A Hard Day’s Night. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of Face Value and “In the Air Tonight.” Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated Tarzan, Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what does “Sussudio” mean? Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’s candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before.
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A Feisty Bohemian Explores the Art of Growing Old

Author: Herbert Gold

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1628721421

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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An upbeat memoir to savor and admire, Still Alive! proves that in your later years you can still be going strong . . . and having fun! “Old age is a shipwreck,” Charles de Gaulle once observed. Not so, says Herb Gold in this lively, often hilarious memoir of his first seven decades. He is clearly enjoying every moment to its fullest. This is a book about how time overtakes us, how reminiscence, loss, hope, pain, success, failure—the lifelong accumulation of dreams and reality—crowd about us with every passing day. Combining a fascinating selection of people, places, and key events from a long life into the alembic of his ever-fertile imagination, Gold has distilled gold from his uncanny ability to recall conversations, anecdotes, atmosphere, and telling detail. By turns wickedly funny (“Prostate surgeries and hysterectomies are not immediately visible at art gallery openings.”) and touching (“It’s harder to learn how to laugh alone.”), Still Alive!, in this age of overheated memoirs, will surely find its way to a grateful audience both young and young at heart.
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Lord, I'm Not Dead Yet

Vietnam, Abortion, Repentance, a Physician's Life

Author: David Roberts

Publisher: Tate Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781634490726

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 204

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This is the story of a boy, from the country, who chose to become a US Air Force physician, one who even spent a year at an Army Special Forces camp in Vietnam where one of his duties was to pull guard duty. Later he became a respected Obstetrician and Gynecologist. His story includes several close calls with death and his conversion from being a pro-abortion physician, who did abortions in his medical practice, to one who has spent years helping women choose life for their babies.
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90 and Not Dead Yet

Author: Reg Green

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1546271937

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 54

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Three years ago, when I put a collection of newspaper articles I had written into a book called 87 and Still Wandering About, the thought that I would add a sequel when I hit 90 never entered my mind. But longevity, vanity, and the compulsion to scribble have won out. These pieces, most of which appeared in the Los Angeles Times online or its baby, La Canada's Vally Sun, were meant to be read separately, like morsels, with time in between to turn to other things. I hope that in bringing them together like this, they do not seem to you to be too repetitive, dated, or indigestible. In fact, I’m even hoping you’ll enjoy a few of them.
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My Race Against Disease: From Diagnosis to Dominance

Author: Phil Southerland,John Hanc

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429923767

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Part memoir, part sports adventure, Not Dead Yet tells the inspirational story of Phil Southerland's battle with Type 1 diabetes and how from diagnosis to sheer determination, Phil Southerland beat all odds and turned his diagnosis and his passion for cycling into a platform. From leading a Race Across America to now managing a world-class cycling program, his journey on and off the bike is changing the way the world views diabetes. When Phil Southerland was seven-months-old, he lost ten pounds in a week, his body was limp and his breathing slowed to what his mother called a "death rattle." Rushing him to the ER, she was informed that tiny Phil displayed the youngest case of diabetes on record in the world at that time. Blindness, kidney failure and death were all predicted for him by age twenty-five. Twenty-nine years later, not only is Phil alive and well but as the founder of Team Type 1, he and his team of championship cyclists — many of them diabetics—have become health and fitness role models for people the world over. Together, they have taken on some of the most challenging endurance events in the world, including winning the Race Across America—a grueling 3,000-mile endurance competition—twice. Today, Phil continues to lead Team Type 1 as its professional cycling team, among one of the top 30 teams in the world, races toward an invite to the world's top cycling event, the Tour de France in 2012. Leading the pack is a serious challenge for any athlete, but for Phil and his teammates, it presents two daily battles: one to stay in razor-sharp race-fit condition, the other, to stay alive. Not Dead Yet is Phil's powerful story: his account of his relationship with his mother, and how she struggled to keep him alive; growing up quickly in the New-Old South of the 1990s, learning at the tender age of 6 years old how to check his glucose and give himself injections; of how he fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional athlete using his team and the bike as a platform, inspiring thousands of individuals and families around the world who are battling diabetes to not just chase, but catch, their dreams.
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The Unauthorized Autobiography of Dr. Robert Buckman

Author: Buckman, Rob

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 9780385256643

Category: Authors, English

Page: 237

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"In case you were wondering, the title of this book is taken from a brief telephone conversation I had in 1980 with a man in the Contracts Department of the radio section of the British Broadcasting Corporation. Having recovered -- eventually and partially -- from dermatomyositis, I picked up the threads of my performing career with a radio series that had been arranged before I became ill. The man in the Contracts Department was terribly apologetic. 'I'm sorry I didn't get the contracts to you,' he said, 'I thought you were dead.' I was mildly surprised -- mostly that an event as minor as a death could affect the stately progress of BBC paperwork. 'Um, ... well ...,' I said, not wishing to overstate my case, 'not yet.' The paperwork arrived two days later." Dr. Robert Buckman is well known on both sides of the Atlantic as a television presenter of medical topics, a best-selling author, a cancer physician and (occasionally) an entertainer. In this unusual autobiography, he tells the story of his life so far; as an exceptionally small child, a young physician, a performer (appearing on stage with the Monty Python crew), columnist, and author. What makes this book even more intriguing is that he has also been a patient -- suffering a near-fatal auto-immune disease in 1979 and an inflammation of the spinal cord ten years later which has left him partially paralyzed. In these pages, Dr. Buckman deals unflinchingly with medicine, health, theatre, sex, love, television, alcohol, money, telephones, flatulence, filing systems and a few other minor details of modern life. Not Dead Yet is often funny, sometimes hilarious, occasionally serious and always engaging.
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The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood

Author: Coral Ann Howells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139827316

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Margaret Atwood's international celebrity has given a new visibility to Canadian literature in English. This Companion provides a comprehensive critical account of Atwood's writing across the wide range of genres within which she has worked for the past forty years, while paying attention to her Canadian cultural context and the multiple dimensions of her celebrity. The main concern is with Atwood the writer, but there is also Atwood the media star and public performer, cultural critic, environmentalist and human rights spokeswoman, social and political satirist, and mythmaker. This immensely varied profile is addressed in a series of chapters which cover biographical, textual, and contextual issues. The Introduction contains an analysis of dominant trends in Atwood criticism since the 1970s, while the essays by twelve leading international Atwood critics represent the wide range of different perspectives in current Atwood scholarship.
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Not Dead Yet

Author: Peter James

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230764894

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him . . . For rock superstar, Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination. . . For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city's greatest love story - between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert - is incalculable. For Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of Sussex CID, it is a nightmare unfolding in front of his eyes. An obsessed stalker is after Gaia. One attempt on her life is made days before she leaves her Bel Air home to fly to Brighton. Now, he has been warned, the stalker may be at large in his city, waiting, watching, planning. Not Dead Yet is the eighth novel featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, from the number one bestselling author Peter James.
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