From the highest highs to the humbling lows, Boy George’s life is a rollercoaster of events.
Remember when Boy George was a darling of 80s New Wave, and then he got in some trouble hand had to pick up trash? Culture Club singer Boy George traded in his mascara for an orange jumper in 2006. According to The Associated Press, the musician with the name George O’Dowd on his birth certificate was ordered to pick up trash for five days in New York City. His community-service sentence was issued after he plead guilty for falsely reporting a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment. When the cops arrived, instead of a masked burglar, they found a boatload of cocaine.
George had words with the media. “You think you’re better than me?” he yelled. “Go home. Let me do my community service.” Part of his bad mood stems from his plea for an alternate form of punishment, which was clearly denied. George wanted to help teenagers make a public service announcement, hold a fashion and makeup workshop, serve as a D.J. at an HIV/AIDS benefit, or do telephone outreach. “He doesn’t need to be humiliated,” his manager at the time, Jeremy Pearce said. “He’s a humble person.”
Boy George is still one of the most colorful and memorable icons of the 80s. As the lead singer of Culture Club and solo artist, he’s sold over 100 million records in his career. And his latest LP in 18 years is called “This Is What I Do.”
Most people know him Boy George for his music, but he’s also a great cook and the author of his very own cookbook, “Karma Cookbook: Great Tasting Dishes to Nourish Your Body and Feed Your Soul.” When the “Karma Chameleon” discovered macrobiotic cooking, it changed his life, bringing him new levels of health and happiness. In the cookbook he joins forces with his great friend and macrobiotic mentor, Dragana Brown, to offer up dozens of recipes that will boost your immune system. He put a spin on a classic favorite with his recipe for Zucchini Pasta with Pesto.
Zucchini Pasta with Pesto
*recipe courtesy of Boy George
1 large zucchini
- ¼ cup of olive oil (or to taste)
- ½ cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon of edible yeast flakes
- ¼ cup of pine nuts
- ½ garlic
- Cap of apple cider vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- Lots of fresh basil
Directions: To make pasta, place zucchini in a Vegetti (a small round cylinder with 12 very sharp little blades on each side so you can make thick or thin pasta strands). *You can also use a julienne peeler, mandoline, or sharp knife and cut the zucchini into long skinny slices. Cut down the sides of the zucchini until you reach the seeds. Discard the center. Vegetable will turn out looking like pasta. Place in a bowl.
To make pesto, add olive oil, pumpkin seeds, yeast flakes, pine nuts, garlic, apple vinegar, basil and salt and pepper to a food processor and mix. Add pesto to zucchini and blend ingredients together.
Now the people who dish up the Kardashians on E! are working on a “Boy George Reality Docu-Series,” which is in development.
Boy George and Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) are partnering with Boy George’s current manager Paul Kemsley and producer Cindy Cowan to develop a reality docu-series chronicling the icon’s move from London to Los Angeles.
“If Marge Simpson met Dolly Parton and went dancing with Ziggy Stardust, it wouldn’t come close to what you’ll see. Why now…why not? Why me…who else?” said Boy George.
Universally recognized as one of the music scenes most iconic artists, Boy George has maintained a worldwide presence for the past 30 years, having sold over 100 million singles and more than 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with 80’s super group Culture Club and as a solo artist in his own right. He is one of the world’s most successful and in-demand international DJs touring extensively across the globe. The docu-series will capture his new life in America, including dating, house hunting, embarking on Culture Club’s North American tour, managing Brando, his pop group, launching a vegan food line and juggling visiting family members. The intent is to begin shooting this summer when Boy George arrives in LA.
“I’m excited for George to partner with Bunim/Murray. They are the best at what they do and he’s the best at what he does. A cultural icon embracing the world we live in and opening the doors to his life as he moves to the States will capture the nation’s heart,” said Paul Kemsley.
“I could not be more excited to partner with a great group like Bunim/Murray and to let the world get a glimpse inside the man behind the icon. Get ready, you are in for a ride!” said Cindy Cowan.
Boy George’s Manager Paul Kemsley, and Cindy Cowan, producer of such films as Very Bad Things, Savior and Red Lights, brought the project to Bunim/Murray Productions. Boy George, Paul Kemsley, Cindy Cowan and Bunim/Murray’s Gil Goldschein and Jeff Jenkins will serve as Executive Producers.