Over the Top and Back

Over the Top and Back

The Autobiography

Book - 2015
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"Across six decades, Sir Tom Jones has maintained a vital career in a risky, unstable business notorious for the short lives of its artists. With a drive that comes from nothing but the love for what he does, he breaks through and then wrestles with the vagaries of the music industry, the nature of success and its inevitable consequences. Having recorded an expansive body of work and performed with fellow artists from across the spectrum and across every popular music genre, from rock, pop and dance to country, blues and soul, the one constant throughout has been his unique musical gifts and unmistakable voice"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York :, Blue Press Rider,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781592409617
Branch Call Number: 782.42164 JON
Characteristics: 424 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Entertaining read from Tom Jones. This is no kiss-and-tell book, although TJ has had many well known affairs over the years, so don't expect that.

Instead we get a fairly comprehensive, often times very, very funny review of his life from his birth and early years in the Welsh town of Pontypridd to his first hits in the mid-60's, his longtime residences at Las Vegas, and more recently his re-emergence in the the late 90's and collaborations with a whole new generation of artists.

Jones lost his long-suffering wife (Melinda, or Linda) this last spring and he devotes one of the last chapters of the book (written before her death) to her.

So again, nothing really scandalous in the book (he can be very direct and opinionated, though), but an easy, well written read that informs without being all that revealing.

Aug 05, 2016

Tom Jones has a sense of humour - enjoyable book. now i understand the things he's done.

Feb 24, 2016

Not bad ,i don't think he revealed too much about himself regarding his personal life ,marriage etc. but entertaining all the same .

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