I don’t request review copies of new books too often. I prefer to spend my own money so I don’t feel obligated to give a decent review in exchange for the freebie. This time, it’s going to be difficult!
When I first got my copy of Do You Want to Know a Secret?: The Autobiography of Billy J. Kramer I noticed the page count was only 180 pages. “Cool!”, I thought, “This will be a breeze of a read.” I should have realized that the low page count would mean there wasn’t much sustenance to this autobiography. I guess that goes along with Billy J. Kramer’s belief that after he leaves a stage, his life is his own and no one should bother him or invade his privacy in any manner whatsoever.
So, what’s in this book? Well, Mr. Kramer marches nicely and neatly through his life explaining to us everything he hates and didn’t like about his career in the music industry. He didn’t like Dakotas, George Martin’s production on his song, his manager Brian Epstein’s choice of songs, the screaming girls at the concert or the fans that mobbed him after the shows. The only time I felt Billy J. was truly honest and interesting in the telling of his story was when he finally admitted to himself that he had a drug and alcohol problem. Unfortunately, after the telling of that period of his life, he resorts back to his arrogant “I did nothing wrong…it’s everyone else’s fault” attitude.
If you’d like to know the basic story behind his Billy J. Kramer’s life and how much he worshiped the Beatles, then give this book a read. If you’re looking to know stuff like where he fell in the chronological line with his 7 siblings, then you’re going to have to consult another source. And for that reason…
I rate this book 2 out of 4 Beetles!