Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke
And I really wanted to read it, because I'm a fan and because I could never reconcile how a man who seemed so polished and accomplished wound up dying su...more
sam cooke was to be commended for demanding more ownership of his work and for starting a record company long before most other african american singers.
I enjoyed the Sam Cooke story and the history around his place
in the musical era that became rock 'n roll. The author does a
good & thorough, job telling us about Sam, and also delves into
the savage machinations of the music industry - how you can have
a hit record and only make a few bucks. Other music groups and
artists also get a lot of attention, some of the fun is the name
dropping, Sony Bono as an intern, Gladys Knight a 15 year old on
the road, Jimi Hendrix wanting, and not getting, a ba...more
I started reading this book a couple of years ago and had a hard time getting into it. At times it feels like an encyclopedi...more
I didn't think as much of it as I did the Elvis books-- I don't feel like Gurlanick really penetrated the core of Cooke's psyche as well as he did Elvis, whatever that means,...more
Also, I was surprised that Guralnick didn't spend more ti...more
Guralnick, the veteran music biographer best known for his two-volume study of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love, combines meticulous research with a passion for his subject in the most complete and insightful biography of Cooke to date. Critics roundly praise the depth of Guralnick's reporting and his willingness to track down previously unused sources (the book was more than a decade in the making), though some comment that the author's exhaustive attention to detail at ti...more
This is an interesting look into the music business of the late fifties and sixties, giving the reader a tour of the difficulties faced by African American singers, songwriters, and musicians. I don't necessarily feel like I am peeking into Mr. Cooke's soul, and there are not a lot of first person accounts presented in the pages, but I am enjoying it nonetheless.
Guralnick's book is extremely thorough, and treats Cooke's sudden death with appropriate suspicion. (I do not, and never will, buy the official story as told by the authorities.)
Yet someone needed to write this biography. Cooke was too important to not have an account of his life in print.
When I read this, I also listened to his music--requested a bunch of CD's from the library. He had such a beautiful, polished sound. What a tumultuous life...so sadly ended much too soon.
Guralnick's first two books, Almost Grown (1964) and Mister Downchild (1967), were short story collections published by Larry Stark, whose small press...more