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Buzzin': The Nine Lives of a Happy Monday

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If the typical rock star memoir is essentially an excuse for the rock star in question to indulge in some tall tales, then Bez’s new book, Buzzin’, is the Empire State Building. A reality TV favourite, Bez has three sons from previous relationships, and lives in Hereford with his fiance. A whistle-stop tour of the man born Mark Berry’s 58 years on earth, it takes in urchin behaviour, homelessness, drugs, the Happy Mondays, more drugs, a near-fatal motorbike crash, new teeth, a kidnapping, bankruptcy, prison, stints on reality TV, standing to become a member of Parliament, and the Zen pleasures of beekeeping. Buzzin’ simply has to be true because the stories in it are too wild and improbable to exist as fiction. There was no damage to my brain, thankfully, but I still pretended I’d lost my memory when the police came, so I didn’t have to tell them where I was staying.

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That would have been Freaky Dancin’, written 22 years ago, which inevitably covered much the same territory. The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP), Hazel Blears, announced her intention to stand down at the election. Never even watched that programme before, so didn’t know what I was letting myself in for,” he notes. One of my favourite memories is sitting at the back of one of Hemingway’s favourite bars with mojitos and big fat cigars.His adult life has been extraordinary: unbelievable scrapes with mortality, periods of financial ruin, mindf**k moments like when David Bowie genuflected before him, and enough narcotic-strewn hi-jinx to fill several more volumes of memoir.

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I picked up a pair of maracas and shook them so hard I ended up with a blister the size of a 50p in the middle of my hand.

Together, they surfed the wave of Madchester, and when eventually they imploded, few were surprised: implosion had always been stitched into their very DNA. A book about his experiences in both bands, Freaky Dancin' ( ISBN 0-330-48197-5), was published by Pan MacMillan in 1998.

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Buzzin’ by Bez will be published by White Rabbit on 27 th October 2022, available in Hardback, Trade Paperback, eBook and audio. We won't bombard you, we'll only send content related to us and we will NEVER pass your details on to anyone else. He is a beekeeper and beer brewer in his spare time, and has lived on land-shares in Herefordshire and Wales. Bez, the Happy Mondays’ chief maraca-shaker and an undisputed national treasure, has written a new memoir – and it will be published this autumn.After the cab was "pimped", it had twenty speakers, eight amps, two DVD players, fifteen TV screens and a camera on the grille linked to one of the screens, the sign saying TAXI on the top was changed to PIMP, and it had purple paint on the outside. When both men faced large tax bills, Bez and Ryder reformed the Happy Mondays in 1998, but it was short-lived. I've also always been really keen on saving the planet and that, so when I met these guys at Glastonbury who showed me a sustainable way of managing myself as well as the land, it all started to make sense to me.

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He used some of his winnings to improve the engine of his London black cab; the television show Pimp My Ride UK customised it to make it suit him. In August 2021 it was announced that Bez would be a competitor on BBC's Celebrity MasterChef and in October 2021 that he would be a competitor on the fourteenth series of Dancing on Ice in 2022. I’m sure if the version of me pictured in 1996 could hear me say that, he’d tell me to shut up and rack up!Three-quarters of all domestic abuse cases are closed early without the suspect being charged, according to a 2021 report. You could throw him out of a jumbo jet at 50,000 feet,” Ryder says of Bez, “and he’ll land on a mattress and walk away. Neither an accomplished musician nor even a very good dancer, Bez was a prime candidate for fleeting celebrity, soon to sink into ‘Where Are They Now?

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