By Bill Jones
One winter's evening in 1976, over 20 million humans in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Many thousands extra watched around the globe. in a single day he grew to become essentially the most well-known males on the earth. He used to be offered the OBE. He was once selected as BBC activities character of the Year.
Curry had replaced ice skating from marginal recreation to excessive paintings. And but the fellow was once — and could continually stay — an absolute secret to an international that have been dazzled by means of his reward. absolutely, men's skating was once speculated to be Cossack-muscular, no longer sensual and ambiguous like this.
Curry himself used to be an often-tortured guy of labyrinthine complexity. For the 1st time, by myself untangles the intense net of his poisonous, stricken, remarkable — and brief — existence. it's a tale of youth nightmares, livid ambition, wearing genius, lifelong rivalries, homophobia, chilly battle politics, financial disaster and deep own tragedy. by myself unearths the stressed, impatient, frequently darkish soul of a guy whose phrases may perhaps lacerate, whose skating always moved audiences to tears, and who — after succumbing to AIDS, as such a lot of of his fellow artists and associates did — died of a center assault elderly simply forty four.
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Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry by Bill Jones