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Title:
I don't mean to be rude, but-- : backstage gossip from American idol & the secrets that can make you a star
Author:
Cowell, Simon, 1959-
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Edition:
lst edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Broadway Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
245 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780767917414
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Book

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Summary

Do YOU have what it takes to be a star? Simon Cowell reveals the answer and takes you behind the scenes of American Idol in this wickedly entertaining tell-all. Since the debut of American Idol, puckish Brit judge Simon Cowell has become America's most notorious critic--not only on account of his incredible instinct for spotting the next breakout musical stars, but for his hilarious, shockingly candid repartee with everyone who crosses his path. Now, true to form, he holds nothing back, offering you a backstage pass to America's hottest show--the highlights, the gossip, the contestants who blew their chances--and takes you on a whirlwind tour of the music business while sharing his own insider opinions, on everything. From his days in the mailroom at EMI Records to the creation of American Idol, Simon has always had a knack for judging talent--and for being center stage. Here, he tells the rollicking stories of his first insult (to his mother), his first music criticism (to first-grade teacher Mrs. Prigg), and his first image makeover (on his unfortunate younger brother). And of course, the side-splitting backstory of the birth of American Idol--and all the dreadful auditions, bad hair days, judges' squabbles, juicy rumors, surprise triumphs, and #1 singles that followed. With his trademark wit and brutal honesty, Simon delivers the real dish on: Who gave the best and worst performances on the show? What really goes on between the three judges (and what was it like to kiss Paula Abdul)? Who were the biggest divas when the cameras weren't rolling? And, if you're an aspiring Justin or J.Lo, you'll also learn the trade secrets that only Simon knows: how to develop an image and make the most of your talent, how to find an agent or manager, how to nail an audition, and--should you be so lucky to make it to the top--how to stretch your 15 minutes into a career. Packed with razor-sharp insights into music, the fame game, and pop-music powerhouses from the Beatles to Britney Spears, I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But...is your ticket inside American Idol, and a highly amusing, no-holds-barred look at what it takes to make it big.


Author Notes

In his twenty-five years in the music industry, record impresario Simon Cowell has shaped modern pop music. A BMG record executive, he has had thirty-four #1 singles and over one hundred Top Thirty records


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1. The Birth of the Rudep. 13
2. False Startsp. 31
3. On the Right Trackp. 48
4. Hitting the Big Timep. 63
5. Idol Chatterp. 84
6. Coming to Americap. 92
7. Here Come the Judgesp. 106
8. Down to the Wirep. 133
9. Second Time Aroundp. 142
10. The Stars Come Outp. 158
11. Back in the Spotlightp. 172
12. The Finalp. 195
13. So You Wanna Be a Pop Starp. 209
14. Reaching the Finish Linep. 224
Acknowledgmentsp. 243