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Have Mercy! / Confessions of the Original Rock 'n' Roll Animal (SIGNED TO B.B. KING)

Wolfman Jack (Bob Smith) with Byron Laursen

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ISBN 10: 0446517429 / ISBN 13: 9780446517423
Published by Warner Books, New York, 1995
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title page states "First printing: June 1995," but number line runs 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2, only -- the second printing. As new and unread; boards resist opening past 70 degrees. Arguably the world's most famous disc jockey, the Wolfman (nee Bob King in Brooklyn, N.Y., 1938) at one point preached the gospel of rock, soul and rhythm-and-blues to 100 million listeners over 2,200 radio stations in 43 countries, and played himself in George Lucas' iconic film "American Graffiti." Unfortunately, on July 1, 1995, Wolfman Jack taped his show, went home, and died of a heart attack after completing only the first leg of his book tour, meaning signed copies of this autobiography are in somewhat limited supply. This presumably unique copy inscribed & signed on the half-title page in black marker: "To B.B. King / You know I love ya! / You are so special / Wolfman Jack." with Jack's characteristic cartoon of two eyes and a pair of wolf ears adjoining. The Word "inscribed" -- for those in Westminster, California and Derry, New Hampshire, who can't seem to figure this out -- means that the author has written words to the recipient in addition to his own name -- often a salutation by name. Acquired in Las Vegas, home of former disc jockey and world-famous purveyor of the blues Riley B. "Beale Street Blues Boy" King, in October 2007 with a group of 16 other titles previously owned by the King of the Blues -- see our listing for Gloria Lynne's "I Wish You Love." 363 pp. Now reduced from $2,000. Bookseller Inventory # 003335

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Title: Have Mercy! / Confessions of the Original ...

Publisher: Warner Books, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Jacket Photo by Michael Grecco

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The personal story of Wolfman Jack reveals the advent of his alter ego, multiple broadcast successes, appearance in American Grafitti, battle with drugs, and many celebrity adventures. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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Some great rock songs have lyrics that make an indelible impression, while others impress because of their melodies or instrumentation, and still others are memorable because of their overall atmospherics, their "feel." Such is the appeal of Wolfman Jack's autobiography--its feel. The Wolfman lovingly and proudly communicates the atmosphere of the rock 'n' roll world as he describes his career--he started on a superpowerful, unregulated AM radio station in Mexico; he then landed network TV gigs, stateside disc-jockey jobs, and movie appearances; finally, he has become a contemporary icon. Station XERF, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas, reached most of the U.S. West and Midwest with plenty of radio ministries and Wolfman Jack's wild, howling shows. Always an advocate of black music, the Wolfman mixed records by blues and rhythm-and-blues artists with more mainstream rock to pioneer the parents-of-teens' aural nightmare that is now so familiar from its portrayal in numerous don't-knock-the-rock movies. The Wolfman then parlayed notoriety into fame and fame into fortune. It's a story he tells in a swashbuckling style that recalls his days in pirate radio, and although he names the names and fixes the places, it's not a rock reference but a highly entertaining peer to the finest recent rock autobiographies. Mike Tribby

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