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The Confessions Of Rick James: Memoirs Of A Super Freak

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To fans of sassy and savvy urban music, the name Rick James will forever be associated with the mainstream emergence of funk—that bottom-heavy blend of rock and soul that sparked a multi-racial musical revolution in the 1970s and 1980s and has since influenced everything from rap to raves, punk to progressive rock. Along with the fame, the Grammy Award, and superstardom ca
Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Nov 27, 2007 Ghym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Rick James
I have been a fan of Rick James for a long time, and even got a ticket to a concert of his once, and then, he died before I could see the concert. This dude lived a hard life, so it wasn't that surprising he died relatively young. This biography has all the shocking moments of a VH1 Behind the Music Special, but it also reveals a lot of things about Rick James that people would find surprising in different ways. James came up not in the R&B world of the 60s and 70s, but in the rock world of ...more
Aug 24, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Alright, it is called Memoirs of a Super Freak for a good reason.

Let's be clear: the book is poorly edited. I cannot stress that enough. There are lot of repeated phrases, misspellings, etc. However, that is the book editor's fault; not Rick James'. If you can get past the poor editing job, you got yourself a great book.

Rick tells amazing stories that seem so unbelievable, you know they have to true. If anyone had seen his legendary episode on The Chappelle Show, that show was just a glimpse i
Aug 10, 2007 Serenity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: memoir
People are people.

Addictive behavoirs are destructive especially when it comes to partying hard and doing drugs.

Rick James fell into this category but he was completely honest with himself with what he was going through. I am glad he took time to write this memoir to warn others of how self-destructive he was to himself. He thought his misery of being lonely would be fulfilled by drugs, but his true love was music.

As a Rick James fan for most of my life, I was devastated when he passed away a fe
Apr 14, 2011 irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i have a lot of things to say about this book, mostly negative.

for one thing, rick james could write songs, but he COULD NOT write a book. he needed a regular editor and then a copy editor. the writing is plain ol' terrible, things are out of context or extremely jumpy, there is no rhythm to any of it, and i seriously wanted to break out a red pen. someone to actually caption the pictures with real captions instead of "rick & good friends" would also have been nice.

speaking of pictures, whi
May 12, 2016 Bart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How autobiography should be done.

Every hour of the day or night, the house was filled with people indulging in orgies, kinky ass sex, beastiality, all kinds of shit. Decadence and perversion ruled and the people who tired of it were easily replaced. I thrived on breaking in women, conquering and destroying, turning them onto freebase. It was like something out of Caligula, wild and dark. The evil was thick in the house and thick in my bedroom. (p. 325)
When reading celebrity trash bios, I find the more obscure/random the selection, the better the book. This was penned by Sir Rick while he was incarcerated... so it's a BIG book. But it's full of great stories, cameos by people I never expected him to know, much less be friends with (Neil Young?!), and an awareness of what drugs can do to your life-- while completely disregarding said fact. Everything a celeb trash bio should be, and more. I turned the last page genuinely sad he had died.
Jul 23, 2012 LiteraryMarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this review by saying I am a fan of the super freak, Rick James. I jam to his music. In fact, I am listening to Bustin' Out and Dance Wit Me on repeat while writing this review. I miss his live performances and interviews. The man was the punk funk master! Him and Teena Marie were the best collaboration since peanut butter and jelly. So it was only fitting that I read Rick James' confessions. What better time than during Black History Month? So let's get into the review.

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Kimberly Hicks
I'm more than midway this book, and I always respected Rick James for the artist he was, and I have even more respect for him than I did! He definitely was a musical icon of his generation, and the funny thing for me is that when I read his words, I can actually hear his voice in my mind, and it's so cool, because Rick was that type of artist. He is telling it all in this book, and I love it.

And what impresses me even more is that he didn't hire a real author to write this book, HE, himself, wr
Jun 14, 2010 Marsha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't say this book was well written (it was so poorly edited it was pathetic), nor even entertaining. It was like a graphic car wreck from which you couldn't turn away. It was rude, crude, even pornographic in parts, but terribly sad and riveting at the same time. It took me weeks to read--I can usually devour a book in several hours--because you can't stomach too much at one time (both due to content and the horrible mistakes rampant in the book). A sad life, a sad man. If you want to get th ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Felicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
okay... you can really tell that Rick was high ALL THE TIME... (Cocaine is a TERRIBLE drug).

Being an avid Prince addict, lets just say I wanted to visit Rick's grave and pour something else on it besides liquor.

you can tell this was written while in prison by the writing style, which was fine - the sad part is how much drugs tainted this talented person's mind. he couldn't get timelines right but then i thought to myself most people under the influence wouldn't be able to. it would have been nic
Sep 30, 2016 Rahim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great book to read -- I had no idea Rick James had such a huge connection to Toronto or with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell and others. Don't expect to get any great insights from this other than a view into one messed up 'freak' life. The writing style is pretty basic - almost unedited - which makes it feel more real. He wrote this while he was in jail and his self reflecting/pity comes through. I found it sad to see that he didn't seem to know happiness or contentment despite obv ...more
He never got to finish it. He even implied there may have been another book had he lived. His last wife does the last chapter.

I enjoyed reading about Rick James from his point of view, esp after everything I've seen and heard. I also found out a lot of stuff I never knew about him...I didn't know that he was on the West Coast and knew Neil Young or Jim Morrison. I never knew Salvador Dali drew Rick James on a napkin either. I wish he'd held onto it, I'd have loved to see the drawing...Anyway, an
Dec 01, 2013 Aubrei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rick is one funny dude! He has his strong opinions (i.e Swedish women), but I take it as 'his' opinions. No need to get sensitive. Rick loves to talk, and the book is very lengthy, but an easy read to say the least. He is a very funny, intuitive, sensitive, women-loving, coke snorting, Studio 54 going, pulling pranks on singer Prince every chance he got, joint rolling guy. If you want a great laugh with a touch of music industry wisdom from a vet, read this book!
Jan 06, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow-Rick James had a fascinating life. This book needed an editor. It's a shame because this had the potential to be a good book but it's put together so carelessly that the material suffers. That said, I learned a lot, specifically about his musical provenance, which was varied and extensive. Overall I found reading it enjoyable.
I found this interesting. Do not expect a literary masterpiece. I did feel that I was reading a book written by a real live person and not a writer which made it more real for me. As a big Rick James fan it made me sad to see how someone so musically talented self-destructed. As always I am reminded that money can't buy you love - or respect.
Juan M. Romero
Jan 18, 2016 Juan M. Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 19, 2013 TaTanisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is "WOW", Rick really was a super freak. Interesting book that I couldn't put it down but not sure everything Rick said was actually reality or if he was just high on something. But a good read.
This is one example of many demonstrating how my bookclub is slowly contributing to my ruin.
Feb 03, 2011 Maksim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Liked it. Editing is a tad week, but interesting story makes up for it.
Nov 19, 2008 Shavon marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
How could you not want to read about Rick James bitch!!!!
Hamed Hazel
Jan 08, 2017 Hamed Hazel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story, Amazing musician
Vakis Boutsalis
Jul 12, 2012 Vakis Boutsalis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best thing ever written in the history of words. Not so much in terms of grammar, sentence structure and story-telling, but in pure, concentrated awesome. LOOK AT THE COVER PEOPLE.
Jul 17, 2012 Eliot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm Rick James, bitch. Enjoy yourself!
Dec 27, 2010 Chamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book it really made me like Rick James. He seemed to have a good heart, the drugs just got in the way.
Kathy Mills
Oct 06, 2012 Kathy Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book it is one of my favorites I recommend it
Andrea Ikenberry
I think the estate pushed this book out for money. What a shame that a bit of editing wasn't done. Overall, Rick was a freaky cat and it was interesting to read his era of fame and destruction.
Mar 01, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, oh man. Gold. You'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll laugh until you cry with all the laughing. To quote Rick James ... well, you know the quote.
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