By U.S. Bonds

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“A worthwhile rock ‘n’ roll memoir, and an inspiring story about following one’s bliss.” ~Kirkus Reviews Rock and roll legend Gary U.S. Bonds tells the story of his more than five decades in pop, soul, and rhythm and blues. From Sam Cooke to Bruce Springsteen, Bonds' memoir is about friends and family, staying relevant, and how to avoid becoming another rock and roll casualty. Co-Author Stephen Cooper. Foreword by Steven Van Zandt.

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Gary (U.S. Bonds) Anderson breaks new ground in pop music memoirs with his “small story” about rock 'n' roll. Anderson was just 19 when he was recruited off a Norfolk street corner by a calypso-driven record shop owner who imagined himself a music mogul. A clever name change and an unprecedented sound would make the newly christened “U.S. Bonds” and the shop owner's Legrand Records, influential hit-makers. Bonds' first three sessions would result in a “Top 10” and a #1, and with some schooling by Sam Cooke and B.B King, Bonds emerges as a compelling live attraction. Propelled by lifelong friend, American Bandstand's, Dick Clark, Bonds' racked up a dozen charting records before his music stopped. An early casualty of the British Invasion, Bonds took to the entertainment back roads, playing small rooms for short money. With the support of family and friends who shared an unshakeable faith in his talent and music, Bonds weathered the invasion working hotel lounges and as an improbable nominee for a CMA “Song of the Year” as co-writer of a top-selling country weeper. When a “guy from Jersey” drops in on an otherwise unremarkable club date, the faith of family and friends is shown to be well placed. Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt lend their talents and see their early influence re-emerge, newly signed by a major label with a pair of acclaimed records and a re-discovery that industry insiders call “miraculous.” Dogged by bad decisions, Bonds finds sustained success elusive, and he vows to take back control of his career with the steadfast support of his partners in life and on stage, wife Laurie, “Big Mama,” and daughter Laurie, “Little Mama.” The result, another resurgence, with a series of critically acclaimed albums and accolades for the still relevant legend.Though he calls it a “small story,” he concedes that it is “remarkable in that it continues.” Now that 74-year-old Bonds has shared his story we cannot disagree. Gary (U.S. Bonds) Anderson breaks new ground in pop music memoirs with his “small story” about rock 'n' roll. Anderson was just 19 when he was recruited off a Norfolk street corner by a calypso-driven record shop owner who imagined himself a music mogul. A clever name change and an unprecedented sound would make the newly christened “U.S. Bonds” and the shop owner's Legrand Records, influential hit-makers. Bonds' first three sessions would result in a “Top 10” and a #1, and with some schooling by Sam Cooke and B.B King, Bonds emerges as a compelling live attraction. Propelled by lifelong friend, American Bandstand's, Dick Clark, Bonds' racked up a dozen charting records before his music stopped. An early casualty of the British Invasion, Bonds took to the entertainment back roads, playing small rooms for short money. With the support of family and friends who shared an unshakeable faith in his talent and music, Bonds weathered the invasion working hotel lounges and as an improbable nominee for a CMA “Song of the Year” as co-writer of a top-selling country weeper. When a “guy from Jersey” drops in on an otherwise unremarkable club date, the faith of family and friends is shown to be well placed. Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt lend their talents and see their early influence re-emerge, newly signed by a major label with a pair of acclaimed records and a re-discovery that industry insiders call “miraculous.” Dogged by bad decisions, Bonds finds sustained success elusive, and he vows to take back control of his career with the steadfast support of his partners in life and on stage, wife Laurie, “Big Mama,” and daughter Laurie, “Little Mama.” The result, another resurgence, with a series of critically acclaimed albums and accolades for the still relevant legend.Though he calls it a “small story,” he concedes that it is “remarkable in that it continues.” Now that 74-year-old Bonds has shared his story we cannot disagree. RB- Gary (U.S. Bonds) Anderson breaks new ground in pop music memoirs with his “small story” about rock 'n' roll. Anderson was just 19 when he was recruited off a Norfolk street corner by a calypso-driven record shop owner who imagined himself a music mogul. A clever name change and an unprecedented sound would make the newly christened “U.S. Bonds” and the shop owner's Legrand Records, influential hit-makers. Bonds' first three sessions would result in a “Top 10” and a #1, and with some schooling by Sam Cooke and B.B King, Bonds emerges as a compelling live attraction. Propelled by lifelong friend, American Bandstand's, Dick Clark, Bonds' racked up a dozen charting records before his music stopped. An early casualty of the British Invasion, Bonds took to the entertainment back roads, playing small rooms for short money. With the support of family and friends who shared an unshakeable faith in his talent and music, Bonds weathered the invasion working hotel lounges and as an improbable nominee for a CMA “Song of the Year” as co-writer of a top-selling country weeper. When a “guy from Jersey” drops in on an otherwise unremarkable club date, the faith of family and friends is shown to be well placed. Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt lend their talents and see their early influence re-emerge, newly signed by a major label with a pair of acclaimed records and a re-discovery that industry insiders call “miraculous.” Dogged by bad decisions, Bonds finds sustained success elusive, and he vows to take back control of his career with the steadfast support of his partners in life and on stage, wife Laurie, “Big Mama,” and daughter Laurie, “Little Mama.” The result, another resurgence, with a series of critically acclaimed albums and accolades for the still relevant legend.Though he calls it a “small story,” he concedes that it is “remarkable in that it continues.” Now that 74-year-old Bonds has shared his story we cannot disagree.

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Grammy nominated singer/songsriter Gary (Anderson) U.S. Bonds has been performing for more than five decades. With million sellers on the pop, rock, R & B, and country charts, Bonds is viewed as an innovator, and many find evidence of today's Garage Rock and "Jersey Sound" in his early records.

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