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Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective Paperback – July 6, 2006


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412064988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412064989
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One Saturday night I stayed up reading this book.
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This book is very personal and touching and includes rare, private family photos and stories.
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I always knew there was more to the story and now I know for sure.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cornelia Jones on February 27, 2007
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Out of all the books about Sam Cooke that I have read - this one answers the question of what happened to Sam's family after his death. It is just so hearbreaking to read different family members account of those days after he passed, and the pandemonium that insued. This book also includes an engrossing alternate account of what may have been Sam's last hours - a horrifying possibility that seems infinitely more logical than the "official" story. There needs to be some cold case investigating on the real story of this man's death, for real. It is also infuriating to find out what happened to Sam's musical legacy after his passing - one that he worked so hard to build. This book is an uplifting read, because through everything - it is a love story that this family has had for someone who was so extraordinary, even the little things that he did could be remembered with vivid detail by them over 40+ years later.

This book also points out some inconsistencies with a couple of other Sam Cooke bios out there. That was really great. Who would know, better than family?

This is a must for every Sam Cooke fan out there. You owe it to yourself to get an inside look, from the people who knew and loved him best.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Devin McCoy on November 9, 2006
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Unforunately, I was not born when Sam Cooke graced the earth with his presence and voice, but I have had the priveledge of hearing that voice, preserved forever on vinyl. I remember hearing "Cupid" as a kid and never really paying attention to it and I remember being told by elders that Sam Cooke was 'grown folks music." So it wasn't until I had experienced some love, heartache, joy and pain that I listened to Sam Cooke again @ the age of 34 and really understood what he was talking about. I had to know everything about him and asked older family members and read various stories about him (some urban legend, some true) and decided to search on my own. I appreciate this novel because it was written by a family member, but the information wasn't sugar coated. He was a man who made some mistakes, sang about what he saw, and fought for equality in a world that didn't fully understand or appreciate his talents.

This novel raises legitimate questions about Mr. Cooke's death that I believe ought to be looked at and it saddened me that the details of his death have just been overlooked. Like Dorothy Dandridge, he star burned so bright for such a short time and his departure was tragic. Clearly the world, especially his family, still miss him.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bilal Yasin El-Amin on November 5, 2006
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Sam Cooke's nephew, Erik Green, did an excellent job of telling Sam's story from the perspective of family members. This book is well written and is easy to read. Every Sam Cooke fan, old and new, should have this book. Sam, as Areatha Franklin says, was a prince of a man.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By samfan on June 11, 2006
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I discovered Sam Cooke about 6 years ago and almost from day one, I hoped and wished that the family will write a book to tell us the true story about Sam Cooke. And now we have "Our Uncle Sam" by Erik Greene.

I purchased this book shortly after it was published and immediately started reading it with great anticipation and excitement while at the same time there was a place in my heart full of dread because I knew that with each page that I turned, I was getting closer and closer to the chapter about Sam's death.

"Our Uncle Sam" is the story of Sam Cooke as a son, father, brother, uncle, husband. It is also a story about Sam Cooke, the man. We can see how Sam lived and what were his dreams and goals and what he held most dearly to his heart. We can also understand why all his life Sam Cooke strove for his right to be the sole owner of his "Personhood" as a man and as an artist.

The author makes it easy for us to comprehend why Sam was the first Black musician to openly refuse to perform to segregated audiences, why he was the first to stop straightening his hair, and why he could no longer tolerate "blacks only" entrances/exits or "whites only" establishments. It is also not difficult to understand why Sam Cooke had to be murdered and why the so called "official version" of his murder has as much substance as a child's balloon--one tiny little prick, and Puff! no more balloon.

"Our Uncle Sam" does not answer all the questions about Sam Cooke but the ones that the author answers, he does so accurately. I think that many readers, like I did, will find out for the first time the true nature of Sam's business relationships and the details of how and by whom Sam's family and his children were swindled out of his vast business holdings.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SCooke UK on June 15, 2006
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If you have read Peter Guralnics Dream Boogie then when you read this you will wonder if there are 2 Sam Cookes. The drunken womanising despot who is finally shot or the caring generous uncle who is murdered. Take your pick . Me I have a tendency to lean towards Erik Greenes version , partly because I love sam Cooke but mostly because his Sam Cooke comes closer to the Sam Cooke described by all the people who knew him from Muhammad Ali to Solomon Burke to Lou Adler to Herb Alpert have nothing to gain by describing Sam as the greatest guy I ever knew or he was so generous and lovely.

Read the book The real sam cooke is waiting for you.
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