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The Real Kathy Kirby: No Secret Anymore

The Real Kathy Kirby: No Secret Anymore (Hardback)

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As Britain's highest paid female singing star of the 1960s, Kathy Kirby enjoyed a showbusiness lifestyle with all the trappings of success - a home in Mayfair, minks, diamonds and champagne on tap. In this explosive new book, Mark Willerton has attempted to strip away the facade of fame to reveal the 'real' Kathy Kirby...the girl behind the lip-gloss. Here, at last, is the truth behind the headlines; a compelling account of Kathy's enigmatic life and career, which has never been told so frankly. The author was a friend of the star for almost thirty years and alongside his own recollections, he has drawn on commentary by Kathy's friends, neighbours, contemporaries, song-writers and managers. Part biography and part memoir, there are many exclusives within the book; rare and previously unseen photos taken by the author during Kathy's reclusive years. Kathy was a complex character, beautiful, glamorous and hugely talented - but flawed by debilitating mental illness and an addictive personality. Her story reveals the other side of showbusiness - what happens when a star fades and falls to earth.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: arts & entertainmentMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresIndividual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups Publisher: Troubador Publishing Publication Date: 13/12/2012 ISBN-13: 9781780884479  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Mark Willerton is the co-owner of a museum featuring pop and film memorabilia, incorporating a music hall, near Spalding in Lincolnshire. His interest in nostalgia stems back to 1970 when he was ten years old, and given a pile of 78rpm records by a relative. He met Kathy Kirby in 1981 and their friendship continued until her death in 2011. Willerton has written articles for leading magazines including Record Collector, Yours and Best of British. This is his first book.

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