The story of a life can be a grand adventure in itself. Today, we discuss the autobiography of the Nation’s Favorite Tenor.
What is an autobiography?
Autobiographies are pretty common nowadays. They are accountings of a person’s life as told by the person itself. It offers a pretty frank and brutally honest take on their point of view. That frankness is something that will either be thought of as refreshing or appalling.
Autobiographies are sort of an acquired taste and tend to cause a bit of controversy whenever one is released by a generally admired person. We believe that autobiographies—and those that write them—are pretty brave. So imagine our delight when Alfie Boe published his autobiography in July 2012.
Alfie: My Life, My Music, My Story
We picked up a lot of details that we were quite surprised with. Alfie has generally been pretty mum about the intimate details of his life. After all, one does need one’s privacy. It was fairly jarring to read about how he interacted with people in his sphere.
While fans had the general idea that Alfie came from a large family, the startling number of 9 kids was a surprising delight.
We particularly loved how he wrote about how he got a start into the world of singing. It seemed that young Alfie had already wanted to sing but didn’t really know how to go about it. This does not stop him from humming tunes or singing out loud while he was being trained as a car mechanic. Imagine that—Aflie Boe, car mechanic!
He believed that was his lot in life until a kind customer had called his attention and told him about an audition that he could be part of in London. We cannot thank this customer enough. We certainly cannot imagine the world without Alfie the amazing operatic tenor. Alfie’s tale also touched upon something that we think is critical: the rigid systems that try to keep things as is with no room for the new. It seemed that as Alfie was getting more and more attention for his style and antics, there were more established members of the opera scene that were quite determined to snip that in the bud. It was great that they did not succeed.
There were a lot of significant parts that really reverberated with fans (not just us). The death of Alfie’s father was a particularly poignant segment. A common concern for a lot of readers was the fact that the writing wasn’t all that great. Personally, we find the lackadaisical writing part of its charm. Alfie never claimed to be a great writer. He wrote the accounts of his life based on memory. Also, he wrote things down in the same way that he speaks. So instead of being the flowing prose that others expected, it was more like having a sit down with a funny friend catching up over coffee.
We definitely recommend that you get your own copy of the autobiography. It is a true way to get to know the man behind the voice and the “bad boy” career.