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Only the Strong Survive

Butler, Jerry and Earl Smith

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ISBN 10: 0253337968 / ISBN 13: 9780253337962
Published by Indiana University Press, 2000
Used Condition: Very Good + Hardcover
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This is a VG + condition hard cover in a Good condition dust jacket. The dust jacket has a crease to the front blurb flap, some edge-wear, and some small wrinkles. The jacket is sheathed in protective plastic. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 16036

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Title: Only the Strong Survive

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: Second Printing.

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Synopsis:

Jerry Butler’s Only the Strong Survive presents a portrait of a remarkable performer, as well as an up-close and personal look at the world of rhythm-and-blues. Filled with intimate anecdotes about such R&B legends as Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Patti LaBelle, Sam Cook, and Dionne Warwick, Butler’s compelling, sometimes hilarious, narrative is told against the backdrop of 1960s America. Only the Strong Survive, as told to Earl Smith, is an autobiography; but more than that, it is history. Drawing on countless conversations and interviews with Butler and others, Smith chronicles the "Iceman’s" journey from rural Mississippi to Chicago, and the founding and eventual breakup of the legendary Impressions vocal group.

Currently serving his fourth term on the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Butler also gives us a glimpse inside the world of Chicago politics. He shares stories of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American mayor, and others, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Only the Strong Survive is an entertaining, moving chronicle of one of America’s music pioneers.

About the Author:

An award-winning performer, producer, and composer, and one of the architects of Rhythm-and-Blues, Jerry "The Iceman" Butler has enjoyed a musical career spanning more than 40 years that produced over 50 albums, numerous hit songs, and three Grammy Award nominations. Butler is now in his fifth term as a Cook County Commissioner in Chicago, Illinois.

Earl Smith, a veteran journalist and Chicago resident, has worked for the Associated Press, Jet magazine, and the Chicago Defender. He is also the founder and editor of Today’s Traveler magazine.

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