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I Don't Take Requests

By: Tony Marnoch, Michael Hennegan
Narrated by: Tony Marnoch
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Summary

The outrageously candid memoir from club culture's most beloved—and notorious—DJ, Fat Tony.

As one of club culture's most notorious—and best loved—figures, Tony is a complete force of nature.

Here he tells the most extraordinary stories of depravity and hedonism, of week-long benders and extreme self-destruction—and of recovery, redemption, friendship and the joy of a good tune.

DJ Fat Tony has been described as 'the closest thing that club culture has to a national treasure' and the 'unlikely cult hero of quarantine'. Few people have crammed so many lives into one: when your first line of cocaine is aged 16 with Freddie Mercury, where do you go from there?

I Don't Take Requests is Fat Tony's breathtakingly candid and outrageous memoir of a life of extremes. From his childhood on an estate in Battersea where he honed his petty criminality, was abused by an older man and made friends with Boy George, to his teenage years spent parading the Kings Road in his latest (stolen) clobber, working as a receptionist for a prostitute, hanging out with Leigh Bowery and Sue Tilley and creating his drag persona, to his life as DJ to the stars and his spiral into serious drug addiction.

Now, he is 14 years sober and, alongside working to help others overcome addiction, DJing for everyone from Elton John to Louis Vuitton and the Beckhams—and running one of lockdown's most popular Instagram accounts with its wickedly funny memes.

It is all here in horrifying, glorious, heart-breaking detail.

©2022 Tony Marnoch and Michael Hannegan (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"This is a story that should never have been told." (Kate Moss)

"There is nobody in London, let alone the world who has lived a more extraordinary life... his journey from villain to real life hero is one of the most beautiful examples of humanity I have ever witnessed. I wouldn't be without this c--t." (Kelly Osbourne)

"Anyone can get a party started, but no one keeps it going like Fat Tony, the energy never dips and what a life he's lived." (Elton John and David Furnish)

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Tenacious Tony

We’ve heard all about troublesome Tony, but the beauty of this book is hearing about the hard work he’s put into himself and others. I suspect this will prove inspiring for many…nice work!

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Really enjoyed it..

Loved the honesty of his story's. lol funny,sad, aswell as leaving you thinking...its really enjoyable . Good gossipy little tales and what an interesting if dangerous life Tony led. defo recommend this audio read by Tony himself ..

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Great book

Loved it and glad Tony was narrator. Sad, funny and informative on so many issues.

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Exceptional

Absolutely loved this. A real story of a life roller coaster. Amazing. The detail of the London club scene in the 80s makes you feel you were there, right by Tony as he did and said these outrageous things. Really feel for how hard it must be for him to be where he is now considering where he was.

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What a ride

I cried! I belly laughed! Thank you for sharing your life! Thank you Tony 💋
If you went clubbing in the 1980/1990 you’ll love it

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Loved every second

I bought the book and the audio so I could have Tony read along with me. This was brilliant!
It’s great to know when he goes off script and lovely when he gets the giggles.

But it’s the story that keeps you gripped. Can this all be true? Yes I think so.

What a life, what a journey and thank God a happy ending

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Funny, poignant and uplifting

So much respect for Tony, it was right his narrating this story. So personal, only he could do it. Funny, poignant and uplifting. Thank you for sharing your story

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Loved every minute and I want to be his bestie!

I've been a Fat Tony fan for a long time now and this book just confirmed why.
Great narration, as if you were sat in the pub with him.

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I just love how it's opened my mind. 🧡👊

I cried and I laughed. but most of all it made me realise I must see things differently and I need to open up to see how I can change for the better also. I am being diagnosed with adhd at 45 yrs old and I heard you in me. I've had a let's say colourful life and I'm learning so much about myself at this age. if only I had known it all 20 yrs ago but I think this is my new chapter and you have helped me Realise my true self. Thank you Tony. 🧡👊

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Brutal, Outrageous and Poignant

I loved this book and despite what Tony says it wouldn't have been better if he had got an actor to read it.
It is the sort of memoir that only the person who lived it could tell with authenticity and much as I loved Keith Richards' memoir this makes him look like a comparative saint. Of all the London bad boys, and there have been a few, Tony is up there at the top of the Premier League and his greatest success is that, against all the odds, he is still here to tell the tale. He lived it for 28 years so that we didn't have to. Thank God, my body would never have been able to take it!

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