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Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll

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(Book). A wild insider's ride with one of music's most notorious journalists. Here are 15 music profiles, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat: * Leiber & Stoller, the white fathers of R&B and rock and roll, who possess what is perhaps the last great untold story of the music biz. They created the American songbook of the '50s and '60s, led by Elvis, the ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Backbeat Books
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Apr 25, 2008 Jesse rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the history of rock.
Another gritty, compulsively readable book from Josh Alan. Friedman writes honestly, never shying from uncomfortable truths about racial dynamics and strong mob influence in the music biz.
The book includes the little-known story of Leiber and Stoller, an R&B-obsessed Jewish songwriting team that helped give birth Rock n Roll by creating songs with the motto "Making black people laugh." From what I understand, the entire book was supposed to be about the two, but he wasn't able to get as muc
Kit Fox
So the first half of this book is not to be missed: the chapter on Leiber & Stoller? Great. The chapter about the author being on tour with Ronnie Spector while he was also dating her? Too good. And then there's the second half, concerning a bunch of blues bass players and sax players and a lot of the author's older writings. The second half just didn't have the punch and tight writing that the earlier chapters did. Again, though, first five or six stories are dope.
Amy Eighttrack
Josh Allen Friedman has the inside dope on many of the legendary (or should be legendary) musicians behind rhythm & blues, R&R and jazz music. Colorful, hilarious, sometimes nefarious tales from the music world: Dr. John, Mose Allison, Doc Pomus, Jerry Lieber, Tommy Shannon, Chuck Rainey and more. I was astounded by the breadth of material and intimate knowledgeability of the subject. Worthy of a PhD in musicology. He brings the obscure to light – you’ll want to read about them all.
Phil Overeem
Essential, for freaks for American music and mourners after the dirty world, which, as Friedman argues in most of these essays, was in many ways preferable to the antiseptic one of today, which is short on "roll," anyway. Great profiles of the recently-pass Jerry Leiber and many folks you've never read many profiles on (if any), like Mose Allison, Dr. John, Sam Myers, Chuck Rainey, and Cornell Dupree.
Eric Stone
Some fantastic stuff in here, and some sort of mundane stuff. A collection of articles. The introductory group of articles on the songwriting duo Leiber & Stoller are some of the most interesting, fun and really wild writing I've ever read about people in the music biz. Those alone are worth the price of the book. It's not exactly downhill from there, but nothing else quite lives up to those.
Collection of 15 articles on/interviews with musicians, producers and songwriters, a large portion of whom are/were based in Texas. The long (80+ pg.) piece on Jerry Leiber, with his colorful reminiscences about mobsters, hucksters, and other leaches in the music business (including Phil Spector), is worth the price of admission alone.
This book rocked. Amazing interviews with Jerry Leiber and Keith Ferguson, who are no longer with us. What a find. I had to buy this book and I don't buy books very often anymore (since my dust/mold allergy)!!! :)
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New edition coming from Wyatt Doyle Books/New Texture 1 1 Mar 13, 2014 03:01PM  
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