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 hundreds of thousands extra watched around the globe. in a single day he grew to become essentially the most recognized males on this planet. He used to be presented 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 guy was once — and may continually stay — an absolute secret to a global that have been dazzled through his present. absolutely, men's skating was once purported to be Cossack-muscular, no longer sensual and ambiguous like this.
Curry himself was once an often-tortured guy of labyrinthine complexity. For the 1st time, on my own untangles the extreme net of his poisonous, afflicted, fantastic — and brief — existence. it's a tale of formative years nightmares, livid ambition, wearing genius, lifelong rivalries, homophobia, chilly struggle politics, bankruptcy and deep own tragedy. on my own finds the stressed, impatient, frequently darkish soul of a guy whose phrases may lacerate, whose skating at all times 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