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Street Player by Danny Seraphine
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Nov 30, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-biography-memoir, arc, subject-show-biz, location-usa-chicago
Read from November 29 to 30, 2010

Danny Seraphine has written a better than average memoir about his founding and experiences with Chicago, the iconic rock back of the 70's that featured a unusual level of musicianship. Much of the narrative trolls familiar territory: , misuse of drugs, disputes among band members, coming of age with regard to business acumen and downward spirals. But anecdotes reveal how the group developed its unusual blend of jazz and rock, infusing its music with melodic harmonies and orchestrations resulting in its unique, mature sound that was more than just loud. There are warm memories of opening with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix when they were on their way up and surprising experiences with Bruce Springsteen who opened for them before becoming the BOSS. The book is generously illustrated and sad in recounting losses of band members and inevitable family failures. But on the whole it is interesting for anyone curious about the genesis of a band that was more than just loud.

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