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English singer and musician, real name Stuart Goddard.
After a troubled early life that included a suicide attempt and a spell in a mental hospital, he formed Adam and the Ants (initially named just 'The Ants') in 1977.
In late 1979, following the release of their debut album, he asked Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, to act for them. After first stripping off the three original members of the band to form Bow Wow Wow under his management., McLaren then found new band members for Adam and the Ants and worked on a new sound for them. A major label deal with CBS Records and the recording of Kings of the Wild Frontier followed in the summer of 1980. The album was an enormous UK hit and the "Antmania" that ensued put the band at the forefront of the New Romantic movement. The single Antmusic went to No. 2 on the UK singles chart by December 1980. In November 1981, Adam & the Ants released another highly successful album, Prince Charming. The album featured two United Kingdom No. 1 singles – Stand and Deliver and the title track Prince Charming – as well as the No. 3 UK hit Ant Rap. This trio of singles were promoted by some of the most lavish music videos of the period, and paved the way for Adam Ant's later acting career (he went on to appear in over two dozen films and television episodes between 1985 and 2003)
In March 1982, feeling certain band members "lacked enthusiasm" Ant disbanded the group. His last major hit, as a solo artist, was Goody Two Shoes, which reached No.1 in the singles chart in June, 1982.His later life was characterised by well-publicised brushes with the police and severe mental problems, leading to him being “sectioned” in 2003 and committed to a mental hospital. 2010 saw him spending time more time in a psychiatric ward.
This is an early signature and inscription ("To Dear Liz, with much love, Adam Ant") in blue ink on a 4.75" x 2.75" slip of lined paper. In good condition (shown loosely mounted with photo corners on a 5.5" x 3.5" white card).