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Synopsis: Atlantic Records partner and producer, Wexler presided over the evolution of the modern music business and made prodigious contributions through to our cultural history. Wexler has worked with the entire range of American genius: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and others. 75 photographs.
From Kirkus Reviews: Wexler's account of how he talked his way into co-ownership of Atlantic Records and went on to produce some of the century's great pop music--all of which makes for some of the juiciest music history one could hope to find. As an insider's account of the golden age of rhythm and blues (a term Wexler coined), this memoir may be matched only by Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun's--if he chooses to write one. By turns regretful and boasting, Wexler offers a story that is above all a superlative read, with the sections describing his 1920's-30's Manhattan childhood as interesting as the more musically oriented later chapters. With help from Ritz (who's written bios of Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye), Wexler describes his years at Billboard magazine, his move to Atlantic, and his relationships with the Chess brothers, Alan Freed, Phil Spector, and many others. Colorfully colloquial and unflaggingly enthusiastic, Wexler makes important connections between various styles and artists--noting the influence of the blues, for example, on country balladeers--and shows what a complex cultural phenomenon the best pop has always been. Accounts of how he managed recording sessions with everyone from Ray Charles to Aretha Franklin to Bob Dylan reveal much about both music history and making. Although testimony from ex-wives, friends, and (surprisingly) enemies isn't always well integrated, and though some readers will be less sympathetic to the author's temper and excesses, Wexler's contribution to the music is unquestionable, and there's plenty of material here that only he could provide. Many anecdotes--including an amazing account of a recording date with Guitar Slim--may pass into legend. It's a shame no CD set was issued with the book. For scholars and R&B/pop aficianodos, a terrific read--in spite of and because of its idiosyncracies--and great fun for others as well. (Seventy-five photographs--not seen) (First serial to Rolling Stone) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
Title: Rhythm and the Blues: A Life in American ...
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Book Condition: VERY GOOD
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1994. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Good. First UK Paper Edition. Moderrate wear to covers. Internally clean. Binding sound. 334pp Size: 165mm x 230mm. Bookseller Inventory # 018184
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Paperback--inscribed by author--no flaws. Bookseller Inventory # CL160516023G51
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1994. Book Condition: As New. Ships from the UK. Book in almost Brand New condition. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96528855
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1994. Book Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. , 750grams, ISBN:9780224039635. Bookseller Inventory # 7115958
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2395603
Book Description Jonathan Cape, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0224039636