Sheeran: A Biography

Sheeran: A Biography

by Sean Smith

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Overview

The first comprehensive adult biography of the beloved, redheaded “Shape of You” songster, complete with exclusive interviews and all-new research!

Grammy-award winner Ed Sheeran strikes chords in millions of listeners worldwide—a feat all the more staggering given that he couldn’t even carry a tune until the age of fifteen. At thirteen, then just a guitarist in a school rock band, today’s most successful solo star decided he would fly far higher than hometown fame. Within a year, he had recorded an album in his bedroom.

Bestselling biographer Sean Smith traces the astonishing journey of the shy little English boy with a stammer who, avoiding flashy showmanship, grew up to become a global phenomenon. With compelling new research and interviews, Smith delivers the story of Sheeran’s remarkable parents, who supported their son’s dream long before it seemed achievable; the friends and mentors who encouraged his raw talent; and the lovers who inspired his most famous songs.

Smith describes the setbacks Sheeran faced before his fortunes were transformed by Elton John’s management company, a record deal, and a song that changed everything…with some help from Taylor Swift. Now Sheeran has sold 150 million records worldwide, earned $432 million touring in 2018 alone, and broke records with his 2018 UK tour—but still made time to play for just 400 people at a charity night to raise money for the homeless last year. As this captivating book reveals, there’s no one quite like Ed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635766523
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sean Smith is the UK’s leading celebrity biographer and the author of five Sunday Times bestsellers. His books have been translated throughout the world. His subjects include Kate Middleton, Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, and J. K. Rowling. Described by the Independent as a “fearless chronicler,” he specializes in meticulous research, going “on the road” to find the real person behind the star image. Smith lives in London, England.

www.seansmithceleb.com

Table of Contents

Introduction: Principality Stadium, Cardiff, June 24, 2018 ix

Part 1 Family Is All

1 Painting the Picture 3

2 Pugilism Not Vandalism 16

3 The Eminem Remedy 27

4 Spinning Man 37

5 The Loopmeister 50

6 Want Some Nizlopi 61

7 Ed Stage Left 77

8 Access All Areas 85

Part 2 The Next Big Thing

9 Singer-Songwriter 99

10 In the City 110

11 Loose Change 123

12 A Fine Example 136

13 A Big Deal 146

14 Wayfaring 157

15 Precious Moments 167

Part 3 The Shape of Things

16 On Patrol 183

17 Moving Swiftly On 194

18 The Universal Shush 206

19 Thinking Out Loud 218

20 Home and Away 230

21 Perfect Symphony 242

Last Thoughts 259

Ed's Stars 269

Life and Times 279

Acknowledgments 295

Select Bibliography 297

Picture Credits 298

Index 299

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Sheeran: A Biography 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WildFlowerBookBlogs 11 months ago
Mesmerizing, addicting, and extremely soulful. It speaks directly to the heart. 5/5 stars for a job well done.
EmmabBooks 12 months ago
How Ed Sheeran became the success he is My reason for reading this book was to find out how Ed Sheeran became the star he is. This fascinating biography definitely told me all I wanted to know. Filled with plenty of interesting information about Ed’s life, from early days at school up to 2018, this biography talks about his family, friends, hard work and determination to succeed. In the early chapters I found it a little dry, but soon I became involved and fascinated. I’m not a particular fan of Ed Sheeran, so skipped much of the information about the stories behind his songs, but for the purposes of finding out how a modern day musician became successful this is a great read. There is a section at the end that gives an astrological assessment of Ed Sheeran (I skipped this), plus also a great list of dates of events in his life. 5*s from me, as though I skipped many parts that were not of interest to me personally, the book as a whole was a fascinating read. I highly recommend this biography to anyone interested in Ed Sheeran or in how to make it in the music world.