Absolute Pandemonium: My Louder Than Life Story

Absolute Pandemonium: My Louder Than Life Story
Published: 2016
There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the pages at you. In Absolute Pandemonium you'll be taken on a riotous journey. Along the way Brian punches Harold Pinter, woos his beautiful wife Hildegard Neil, suffers wires strapped round his wotsits in…

Since hearing Blessed on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (RHLSTP!) I became somewhat obsessed with the man, and went & saw him live one evening in Bath, where I bought this book. A really unique character with a powerful grip on living life to the fullest.  It's impossible to read without hearing it narrated in his voice - moreso because the style of the book is him recounting anecdotes - and you come away from it thinking "Well, if even half of that were true, it's still pretty amazing stuff!".  Too many wonderful moments to recap... although I was particularly fascinated by his relationships with other actors of the period.