Thousands of Faces – one Star: Robbie Williams

Hannover (Gelsenkirchen) 27.07.2013

Ever-changing heights and depths of the musician, entertainer and artist accompany the exceptional as well as unprecedented career.

His book is a wonderful and well-illustrated report on the many facets of the artist, with many insights into the private life of hedonistic Robert Peter Williams.


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You know me: Here, Rob does not seem to be a wise man, but he is far from the unstable, insecure and hyper-sensitive type who is described in the biography “Feel”. Chris Heath always manages to write in a way that you get the feeling you were sitting next to Rob.

In addition to numerous photos we find a lot of the singer’s anecdotes. All major stations of Robbie Williams’ career can be found in the book: The Take That-era as well as the recent reunion, video shoots and backstage concert photos, at the MTV Movie Awards, as incarnated Rock DJ, cover photo shoots, Royal Albert Hall , Knebworth, and much more.

Dimensions such as in 2003 in Knebworth/England are almost “normal” with Robbie Williams.Since 1996, he got over 70 prestigious awards for his performances, and he is one of the most successful stars of all times. Of course, the book also sheds light on the elapsed Take That-time and explains from Robbie’s point of view how it came to the Reunion 2010, beginning with Gary Barlow and ‘Shame’.

Escapades, withdrawal cures or sexual anecdotes are reported – nothing is concealed in the book, but naturally enriched with a constant breeze of British humor, often in short, succinct lines of text. The book is less text-heavy, although everything important is of course said. Above all, it looks like a family album by the multitude of photographs from all walks of life.

Of course we know that today an image is made by professionals.At his side, there are many consultants and marketing professionals who struggle continually to produce and spread a concrete image of the artist primarily for promotional benefits. And despite all this, this book is a great feast for the eyes with memorable texts and images such as those about the legendary concert at Knebworth in 2003, which shows how difficult it must be to cope with such a success without totally leaving ground.

The book divided into chapters and sorted in chronological order, Chris and Rob tell funny anecdotes and adventures, beginning with the solo career up to the reunion with Take That.

As in every book, you can find a point of criticism:

It’s the texts that were written into the pictures. I personally would have preferred a separated text.

Nevertheless, every page of this book is simply a must have for all Robbie Williams fans just because of the beautiful photographs.

You needn’t tell much about the author – everyone knows him.

But some insider info is perhaps not yet known to many fans.

The 16-year-old school dropouts also failed as a window salesman, and then he made a note to become famous. He would drive a white Porsche to pick up his buddies. His guidance counselor had suggested him to go to the army, which he denied. So he became a pop star.

Robbie Williams has since been successful worldwide and has sold a total of over 68 million records.He received 15 Brit Awards and an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for 1.6 million tickets sold in one day.

He is the one pop star who is constantly changing – sometimes he serves us tearjerkers, then swing, and then afterwards dry electro and hip hop – to end up again with the big pop sensation. There is not only one, but quite a lot of Robbies.

Hats off for Robbie Williams.

A few words about Chris Heath: He is an English music journalist and published the biography “Literally” about the Pet Shop Boys. He also wrote the bestselling “Feel” about Robbie Williams, which was translated into several languages and published worldwide.


Book details: Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Heyne Verlag (March 8, 2011)

Language: German, ISBN-10: 3453188195 and ISBN-13: 978-3453188198

Robbie Williams, Chris Heath, Lisa Kögeböhn

Publication only with reference.

© by Jutta Schütz



Jutta Schütz (Schriftstellerin/Autorin, Journalistin, Psychologin, Dozentin, Mentorin) schreibt Bücher, die anspornen, motivieren und spezielles Insiderwissen liefern. Weitere Informationen zur Autorin und ihren Büchern findet man in den Verlagen und im Kultur-Netzwerk (Kommunikationsplattform für Kunst, Literatur, Musik, Film, Bühne, Entertainment und Medien).



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