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Bobby Womack: My Story 1944-2014

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Honest, insightful, and unflinching, this is the authentic voice of the Midnight Mover, a hard-working and prolific legend in the music business who stood shoulder to shoulder with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye as a true giant of soul, R&B, and blues music

Bobby Womack was a true legend, a phenomenally gifted musician with 40 albums and 30 million record sales to his name. The success of his songs helped him to escape the ghetto and become a star, but battles with the record industry and hard drugs almost wiped him out. From his poor childhood growing up in Cleveland and his early forays into music with his four brothers in the 1950s, Womack tells how he found success with his family gospel group The Valentinos. He describes his act being whipped into shape by James Brown, life on the "chitlin circuit" with Jimi Hendrix, being on the road with the likes of Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett, and recording in the studio with Eric Clapton and Elvis Presley. But success came at a price. His personal life was never far from heartache and pain. Womack lost his friend and mentor Sam Cooke when the soul star was gunned down in a motel. He incurred the wrath of many when, at the age of just 21, he married Cookes widow Barbara. His escape from the criticism was to turn to drugs and his friend Sly Stone, leading him to spend years as one of biggest party animals in Los Angeles. The years of riotous abuse took its toll on Womack and those closest to him, including Janis Joplin, who spent her last night drinking with the singer. His marriage to Barbara broke up, his brother Harry was brutally murdered, and he lost two sons. But Womacks talent, searing guitar, and soulful voice always shone through. Womack is cited as an influence by myriad musicians, and remains the epitome of cool.

About the Author

Bobby Womack (1944-2014) and his four brothers had a childhood band which became The Valentinos in the early 1960s, one of the most successful gospel groups of all time. As a solo act Womack went on to sell 30 million records, penned the classics "Midnight Mover" and "Across 110th Street" and worked with such all-time greats as Elvis Presley, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, and Sly Stone. Robert Ashton is the author of three books, The First RocknRoll Bodyguard, Heroin, and Waking Up. He has also written for numerous magazines and newspapers including Elle, the Independent, the Guardian, GQ, and the Sunday Times.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781782199847
Author:
Womack, Bobby
Publisher:
Blake Publishing
Author:
Ashton, Robert
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20141131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Pop Vocal
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Soul and Motown
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Individual Composer and Musician
Biography » Composers and Musicians

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