I'm Coming to Take You to Lunch

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Pop manager extraordinaire Simon Napier-Bell had had enough. He'd had enough of pop groups. He'd had enough of the constant grief at home with his two ex-boyfriends bickering and bleeding him dry; and most of all he'd had enough of the music biz. But then he fell in love with a new passion - the Far East; and a dynamic new duo - George and Andrew - jointly called Wham! Soon, in an audacious attempt to have the best of both worlds, he found himself offering to arrange for Wham! to be the first ever Western pop group to play in communist China - a masterstroke of PR which, in one swift stroke, would make them one of the biggest groups in the world. What follows is an exciting, unpredictable and hilarious romp around the more curious corners of the world as Napier-Bell dives into the unknown, attempting to achieve the unachievable. We soon find ourselves in the company of a wonderful cast of petulant pop stars, shady international 'businessmen', and a hilarious confusion of spies, students and institutionalised officials and ministers as he edges ever closer to inadvertently becoming one of the first Westerners to break down the walls of communist China.

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In the 1960s Simon Napier-Bell managed the Yardbirds and co-wrote Dusty Springfield's huge hit 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' (also the title of his first book - 'The classic hidden history of Sixties pop' Jon Savage). He subsequently managed Marc Bolan, Japan, and Wham! as well as many other laughably less successful groups. www.simonnapierbell.com

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A veteran manager of groups like the Yardbirds, Napier-Bell was just about ready to retire when Wham! fell into his lap. Although the group is little more than the answer to a trivia question at this point, Napier-Bell's account of the group's expedient rise and demise portrays the underhanded antics managers and producers employ behind the scenes, here encapsulated in Napier-Bell's campaign to secure the pop group a high profile concert in communist China. Napier-Bell's account of the struggle to arrange the performance is fraught with twists and turns, from the delicate navigation of a fabulously corrupt Chinese bureaucracy to his misrepresentation of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury to keep Queen from landing the gig before Wham! (Napier-Bell compiled a dossier on each band to circulate among the Chinese bureaucrats; one portrayed Wham! as wholesome, while the other depicted Queen as a bawdy carnival of homosexual debauchery. "Yet the brochure wasn't at all offensive."), not to mention the struggle for publicity, a band member's bout of insanity and competing mammoth egos. His attempts to weave in a subplot about financially and emotionally supporting two of his ex-lovers does little to further the book; the minor romantic spats and small victories distract from the larger tale of shepherding Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael to fame. That said, those interested in what goes on backstage and behind the scenes will find Napier-Bell's stories worthwhile and entertaining.
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