Willin': The Story of Little Feat

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The saga of the legendary Los Angeles band Little Feat is one of rock ’n’ roll’s great stories. Formed in 1969 by ex-members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, Little Feat created groove-heavy music that was an irresistible mix of rock, blues, R&B, country, jazz, soul, and funk.
Fronted by the charismatic but doomed vocalist and brilliant slide guitarist Lowell George, the band recorded such classic studio albums as Sailin’ Shoes and Dixie Chicken, as well as Waiting for Columbus, which many consider to be one of the best live albums of all time.

Acclaimed journalist Ben Fong-Torres—working with Little Feat’s surviving members, their friends, and associates—wrote Willin’ based on hours of brand new interviews with the key players. The result? The first definitive biography of this beloved rock ’n’ roll institution.

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Ben Fong-Torres is a journalist, author, and broadcaster, best known for his work in Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of nine books and lives in San Francisco. BenFongTorres.com

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Booklist, 11/1/13

Drawing on interviews with bandmates, family members, and fellow musician details the in-fighting; the romantic entanglements (which rival those of Fleetwood Mac); the drugs; and the music. This long-overdue biography is a treat for Feat fans and an homage to a seminal '70s band whose influence on other musicians far outweighs its commercial success.”
Niagara Gazette/Tonawanda News Sunday, 10/27/13

If you are familiar with the music of Little Feat you will absolutely love the book, as it answers a lot of questions.  If not, well it is a great cultural history piece on how the music industry has evolved over the years and one band's tenacity to overcome all of those changes.”
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 11/10/13

A definitive history of a most interesting (and talented) band”
Vintage Guitar,1/1/13

[An] enticing, entertaining read.”
Blogcritics, 12/4/13

Fong-Torres was the perfect choice for this book .For those of us who have been waiting for the definitive Little Feat book to come along, this is it.”
Toronto Globe and Mail, 12/7/13

Probably the most underrated band in rock 'n' roll history, Little Feat (Willin', Dixie Chicken) finally gets its due. Focus is properly on its presiding spirit, the brilliant and doomed Lowell George.”
Glide Magazine, 1/8/14

Founding Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres does an admirably restrained job of telling the Feats story factually and without undue melodrama Meticulously gathering facts like the expert reporter that he is, Fong-Torres speaks with seemingly all those around George at every point in his life.”

Houston Press, 1/20/13

[The] story and music of Little Feat are due for reevaluation among classic-rock fans, and Willin' is a big step in that direction.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/16/2014

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