Paula Yates, enigmatic television presenter and writer, rose to prominence as a music journalist with a column called ‘Natural Blonde’ before going on to present Channel 4 music show The Tube alongside Jools Holland.

Yates would go on to build a cult following and marry the Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof after a ten-year romance but endured a messy divorce a few years later. Yates would then go on to strike up a whirlwind relationship with Australian musician Michael Hutchence before he tragically committed suicide in 1997 at the age of 37.

Yates, battling mental health and addiction issues, sought psychiatric treatment following the death of Hutchence which resulted in her ex-husband Geldof securing  full custody of the couple’s three daughters.

Devastatingly, just a couple of years later, on her daughter Pixie’s 10th birthday, Yates died at her home in London of an accidental heroin overdose.

In her twenties, Yates released a fantastically cheeky book entitled Rock Stars in Their Underpants which perfectly sums up her desire to not take life too seriously. At one point, Andy Warhol comically dubbed the book as ‘the greatest work of art in the last decade.’‘

With David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Debbie Harry and more all present, here’s a sneak peak inside:

Paul McCartney
Chrissie Hynde
Frank Zappa
Elton John
Paula Yates.

(All images via Consequence of Sound)


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