Spencer Bright is a journalist and co-author with Boy George of the star's auto-biography Take It Like a Man. Boy George is an English singer, songwriter, DJ, fashion designer and photographer. He is the lead singer of the Grammy and Brit Award-winning pop band Culture Club. He is the author of the best-selling autobiography Take It Like a Man written with Spencer Bright in published in 1995. The book was released to coincide with the timing of George's solo album Cheapness and Beauty, actually released at the same time, dealing with the same themes, and also including a number of photographs as in the book.
The British pop band Culture Club produced a string of mid-1980s hits like ``Do You Really Want to Hurt Me'' and ``Karma Chameleon,'' but the provocative, campy persona of frontman Boy George always attracted more attention than the band's music itself. Characterized by his droll wit, elaborate makeup and bizarre, gender-bending dress, Boy George took pop-star iconography to new heights of outlandishness and was a worldwide media darling until his drug habit all but destroyed his career. In this highly entertaining autobiography, the singer details with wit and pathos his working-class childhood as the self-dubbed ``pink sheep'' of a large suburban family, his teenage fascination with and emulation of glam-rock icons like David Bowie and Marc Bolan, his years as a London punk scenester, his jet-setting life as a pop celebrity and his painful descent into and recovery from heroin addiction. At times rambling and disjointed, this is nevertheless a compelling portrait of an individual who, by publicly celebrating his kinks and quirks, parlayed his alienation from mainstream British culture into a highly successful career. Bright is a London-based journalist. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Oct.)