You don't have to be a music fan to love this book It was like reading a great story.
This book honestly puts everything on the table with his experiences as a professional musician as well as how shady the music industry really is.
Wesley is very candid regarding what he feels are the good points AND the bad points in his playing.
Hit Me, Fred does not seem to leave anything out. It covers just about all aspects of Fred's varied musician's life and provides interesting insights as well.Published on December 29, 2012 by Bayard M. Gross
Fred has his own voice in this bio of his years as a star sideman.
A great read, funny and informative. Read more
For some reason I had a hard time maintaining interest in this book. I love me some Fred, but I guess I was wanting to read more about James Brown. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Eugene A. Wright
Not that expected otherwise (see Review title)...just that so many JB-related books are mostly publicity vehicles and covering the same old ground. What made JB tick? Nothing. Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by Phil S.
This book really hit home about life on the road and the ups and downs of a musicians life. Fred is very candid about his own shortcomings as well as his fine points. Read morePublished on September 10, 2011 by Appealtosmail
I was initially bored with the first chapter or two detailing Fred's life... then when I read the entire book, it made more sense to me. Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by khaled
This book has clearly been dictated rather than written, but it makes for an engaging, fun, and interesting read. As if you were sitting in a room with Mr. Read morePublished on September 13, 2008 by John Roshell
I've always wondered about the day-to-day lives of musicians, especially about those who are not regular members of a band. I now know that these musicians are called "sidemen. Read morePublished on July 1, 2008 by Just a dude
I am a 57 year old Washington, DC trombonist with many years of "chittlin circuit" experience. Reading Fred Wesley's account of his life as a sideman really hit home with me. Read morePublished on February 13, 2007 by Lincoln Ross