In my opinion, one of the bands that doesn’t need to have their own autobiography is the Beatles, due to the fact that it is legendary, the way it came to their success is so intriguing and, of course, many would try to do researches and publish books in different portrayals based on its own stories, and even analyze and describe it as a sociological phenomenon, for example, the Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band That Shook Youth, Gender, and the World, by Steven Stark.
Mcfly – Unsaid Things…Our Story is an autobiography by four lads coming from places across various parts of England (London, Bolton, Essex) of when and how and what the four had experienced before and during the time when they rose to fame. I think it would be unfair to say these things, for the society and music industry are perhaps different world apart; but unlike the Beatles, the band did not need to go through innumerable struggles just to perform at clubs, to seek help from parties til it met its man whom the band knew was destined to be with; to keep changing its team members; to send demos and seek auditions for different record labels. Still, reading Mcfly’s autobiography is entertaining. It is the modern world, and each member got all the information of how to get audition for the new band and stuff.
The book is divided into 13 chapters. To be honest with you, I only like the first five to six chapters, about how they got together, how they came up with the band name, what work they had done to produce good music for the first album and some background stories and gossips about Busted. Not that the rest is bad, it is just that some bits are too descriptive, racy, filthy and unwholesome to me, or perhaps I am not much of a fan, and am not really get used to their reckless night-time anecdotes. But really guys, are those fussing scenes necessary to be included in the book?
The Second problem for me is that I sometimes had a feeling that the way the story is put in dialogues are not actually written in words, but are transcribed from audiotapes and appointed interviews. I once spotted an error on page 217 about one passage told by Dougie, but the words actually seem to be blurted by Tom.
Dougie: Dallas Austin had worked with everybody. Britney, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Pink, TLC. Just reading a list of his previous work was intimidating. He agreed to hook up with us at his studio in Atlanta at the beginning of December 2009. Because this was a writing trip, Harry stayed at home while Dougie, Danny and I flew across the pond to meet with Dallas. (What?)
In spite of all these, I would say it is a book which you can sit back, relax, and be joyful about it.
Overall rating: 7/10 (most credits attributable to the first few chapters)