This is the brutally honest journey of an artist who made it from the suburbs to the top of the music charts, graced the covers of every music magazine, hosted television shows, lived the rock 'n' roll dream and is still alive to talk about it. After forming his first band as a teenager with Sean Kelly, James Freud found big fame a few years later when they teamed up again in the Models, one of the most memorable Australian pop bands of the 1980s. Freud did the whole sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll thing - from shooting up morphine he stole from a bin outside a doctor's surgery, to gigging with criminals, to stealing Fleetwood Mac's cocaine, to making an album with Gary Numan, to trying to jump off a hotel roof in London and looking down the barrel of Chopper Reid's gun. He hung out with Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux in London and Robert Maplethorpe in New York, he once hit Elvis Costello, toured with Kylie Minogue and got drunk with Tommy Lee. This is a who's who of the entertainment industry in the 1980s, the tale of a man who has seen a lot and wants to tell his story.
Freud is living proof that there is life after rock, that not every former music icon ends up like Keith Richards.
Born in 1959 in Melbourne, James Freud is a successful and well-known musician, TV and film producer, and writer. After more close calls than he cares to remember, he is also now a pillar of sobriety and decent family man. Oh, and he's available for weddings and bar mitzvahs should anyone need an ageing 80s rock star with a ukulele and a handful of Spandau Ballet tunes.