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Maybe it was becuase I was brought up listening to Alan Jones on the radio every morning, but I think I've got a morbid fascination with the guy.

Am hoping to pick up the new biography on him - Jonestown - today and see if it scratches the surface at all of what makes this complicated guy tick.

Is anyone else interested in reading it?
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Definitely, I didn’t realise it had hit bookshops yet!

He has always fascinated me, how can one man hold so much power that he can single handily force the hands of ministers, cause governments to change public policy on a whim, raise millions for much needed funding and completely alienate minority groups through a passing comment…

Hopefully as you say it can scratch the surface.. & maybe give me some pointers!
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So looking forward to reading the book. The SMH article was hot! If I was Jones... I would have gone on a leave of absence too...

By the way, my uncle was at Kings and had Jones as a teacher... and confirms the details of Masters' allegations...
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I've only read the extracts in the SMH, as well as loads of comment on blogs etc. So anyone who has actually read the book may enlighten me further.

I'm in two minds about how Jones' sexuality is dealt with. On the one hand Masters seems to buy into the myth of the self-hating homosexual. Jones' life though is a little more complex than that, especially when his sexuality has been an open secret for decades. And on the other hand we all know how the closet affects our day to day relationships, perhaps Jones has coped with this buy trying to exert more control over his surroundings? Either way its armchair psychology, since he didn't give any input into the book we wont know what he's actually feeling until he tells us. I don't think its likely any time soon.

As for the media reaction I think Paul Syvret's article put it best: it would be dishonest not to write about Jones' life and not include his sexuality.
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I intend to devour it as soon as time allows...

As for his sexuality being a secret - the theme music to his radio show is Laura Branigan's "Gloria"! How could we not have realised?

I think my gaydar needs tweaking...

As for "Gloria", quite an ironic choice really.

Gloria, you're always on the run now
Running after somebody, you gotta get him somehow
I think you've got to slow down before you start to blow it
I think you're headed for a breakdown, so be careful not to show it

You really don't remember, was it something that he said?
all the voices in your head calling, Gloria?

Gloria, don't you think you're fallin'?
If everybody wants you, why isn't anybody callin'?

You don't have to answer
Leave them hangin' on the line, oh-oh-oh, calling Gloria

Gloria (Gloria), I think they got your number (Gloria)
I think they got the alias (Gloria) that you've been living under (Gloria)
But you really don't remember, was it something that they said?
all the voices in your head calling, Gloria?

Gloria, how's it gonna go down?
Will you meet him on the main line, or will you catch him on the rebound?
Will you marry for the money, take a lover in the afternoon?
Feel your innocence slipping away, don't believe it's comin' back soon

And you really don't remember, was it something that he said?
all the voices in your head calling, Gloria?

Gloria, don't you think you're fallin'?
If everybody wants you, why isn't anybody callin'?
You don't have to answer
Leave them hangin' on the line, oh-oh-oh, calling Gloria

Gloria (Gloria), I think they got your number (Gloria)
I think they got the alias (Gloria) that you've been living
under (Gloria)
But you really don't remember, was it something that they said?
Are the voices in your head calling, Gloria?


I think that speaks for itself quite frankly.
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couldn't resist posting these alan jones bloopers...

http://abc.net.au/triplej/hack/jones/
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He he those Alan Jones bloopers are hilarious! He is such an old parrot I can't understand for the life of me why anyone in their right mind would listen to him...
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Graham read it whilst he was Malaysia, im going to borrow it from him. Graham was quite shocked with some of the things that Alan Jones has managed to get away with and the politicaians he has managed to get to.
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Just finished the book, wowsers what a read. That's man's got more skeletons in his closet than he does pink cardigans.

I love that fact that the book has not dampened the blue rinse set's love of him though. Denail is not a river in Egypt you know.
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Yes I have read it fascinating. Mr Jones really does live a strange sad life. But I admire the persistence.

Geoff Honour's review in SX a week or 2 ago was very interesting and insightful.
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what can i say? alan jones - i love you. the corruption, the arrogance, the way you've fooled EVERYBODY, the way that these people - who should now hate you - still stick by you!

that is skill! that's charisma! there's got to be something in that.
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