Picks and Pans Review: Mad About the Boy: the Life and Times of Boy George and Culture Club

updated 02/04/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/04/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Anton Gill

This British import describes America as "the home of the rock-star assassin, a breed seldom found elsewhere." Gill also indulges in specious social theory. His explanation for Boy George's popularity in Japan is that "through George, Japanese fans can be vicariously individual...free of the oppressiveness of their society." Since the group has only been around for two years and three albums, Gill's overblown prose is forced to circle over the same ground again and again. The pictures are an odd pastiche of Boy George, cartoons and drawings by young fans. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $9.95)

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