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I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone
by Jeff Kaliss
Author Jeff Kaliss scored the first face-to-face interview with the reclusive superstar in over 20 years, making this book a must-read for any rock 'n' roll fan. From his anthemic early hits ("I Want to Take You Higher," "Family Affair," "Dance to the Music"), through the moody meditations of "There's a Riot Going On" and beyond, Sly & the Family Stone have left an ind ...more
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Backbeat Books
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Sly's cover on Wax Poetics Magazine introduced me to the magazine, which introduced me to this book, which I then happened across in the public library, and not being one to defy serendipitous encounters, I checked it out and enjoyed the light reading. Overall it was informative, but not what I expected or really wanted. Really I wanted to know the illusive genius behind the lyrics and the sound, and this is why I was disappointed. Beyond rise and descent of Sly's status in pop music, little per ...more
I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Time of Sly and the Family Stone by Jeff Kaliss (Backbeat Books 2008)(780.92) is a biography of a reclusive former rock star of the 1960's-70's. There were few bigger stars than Sly Stone - he was the king of funk, and then he just disappeared. Is he simply another drug casualty of the era? According to a close friend, the problems began on New Year's Eve 1969 with the introduction of PCP (phencyclidine hydrochloride) into Sly's drug cabinet (p.77). "PCP h ...more
This book could have been so much more but still as a love letter to Sly Stone it does a good job. The author reminds you where Sly stands in the pantheon of music legends. It's easy to forget he pretty much created funk/rock wrote a dozen or so classic songs, created the first great integrated large rock band among other achievements all in the space of about 5 very fertile years 67 - 72. It's hard to believe bands such as the Chili Peppers, Earth Wind and Fire and Prince would sound like they ...more
Jeff Kaliss is a San Francisco-based author and periodical writer about rock, jazz, world music, classical music, theater, film, and culture. His biography, "I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone", is published by Hal Leonard/Backbeat Books. "More about Jeff Kaliss...