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Rock Roadie: Backstage and Confidential with Hendrix, Elvis, the "Animals", Tina Turner, and an All-star Cast Hardcover – June 25, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (June 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906779066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779061
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,142,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a fabulous story life is, thanks for sharing it with the world.
Earon
One other unique aspect to this book is the insight to one of the most secretive characters in rock - (aside perhaps from Elvis's manager The Colonel) Michael Jeffery.
J. Silver
Overall, I found it enjoyable and look forward to reading more in a second book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Howell on August 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
James (Tappy) Wright's autobiography, `Rock Roadie' covers the years up to 1973 and the death of Mike Jeffery, manager of The Animals and Jimi Hendrix. Wright provides some interesting insights into the pop music scene of the sixties through his work as a road manager with The Animals, Ike and Tina Turner, Peter Noone, Jimi Hendrix and even Jayne Mansfield and Perry Como. As a member of The Wildcats, with Hilton Valentine, Wright moved over to The Animals when Hilton was recruited as their lead guitarist. Since he had a van, Wright became the Animals roadie. He apparently played rhythm guitar on some of the tracks on The Animals first album as well. The book includes stories of some of the heavyweight managers of the era (Peter Grant, Don Arden and, of course, Mike Jeffery) and their organized crime undertones. It also presents a number of amusing anecdotes regarding the individual members of the original Animals and their rise to fame. Unfortunately, instead of providing much in-depth looks at the individuals, Wright takes the easy route of focussing on the groupies and sexual encounters of both his employers and himself. At times it becomes another book on the reminisces of a middle-age man (actually he becomes a senior citizen later this year) on getting laid when he was young. The inclusion of more detail on his relationships with his employers that did not just relate to sex would have been a welcome addition to the book. He has interesting stories about his encounters with Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Perry Como and Ike and Tina Turner that do not involve groupies and even some about The Animals but I would have liked to have read more of these. For instance, Wright didn't like Dave Rowberry who replaced Alan Price on keyboards in 1965.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Silver on March 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a long term fan of rock and soul music and especially Jimi Hendrix I was eagerly looking forward to this book and was not disappointed.

The book is completely full of great little anecdotes and stories - some are a different view on well known rock events (like Hendrix burning his guitar at Montreux, where Tappy was the person who handed him the lighter fuel!), others are enthralling accounts of spending time with some of the greatest musical acts such as John Lennon, Elvis, The Animals, Tina Turner, Little Richard and of course Jimi Hendrix.

It's important to view this book in the correct light - as I've come across some reviews that appear to have missed the point. This is not supposed to be some sort of great literary work of art looking for a Nobel prize for literature. Rather, it's an honestly written first person account of fascinating experiences with some of the world's greatest ever music stars.

For those of us who are really huge Jimi Hendrix fans there's something special in this book. I don't want to spoil it but let's just say you'll find out the real reason Hendrix parted with his manager Chas Chandler - and you'll also find out the incredibly explosive truth about how and why he died!

So, look beyond the writing style and the gratuitous sex and drugs (there's a lot of that ) and instead see, laid bare, the amazing life and times of someone who really was there at the birth of rock 'n' roll, through the 60s and 70s and who recounts everything from accompanying Hendrix on his first flamboyant shopping trips in Carnaby Street, to catching him in bed with Brigitte Bardot!
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By Child in Time on January 27, 2013
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Tappy was a road manager for Jayne Mansfield? Yes. That story alone will have you laughing. Very interesting book in the early days of rock n roll. And of course his take on jimi Hendrix death. Or should I say murder. Buy it it's a fun read.
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Format: Hardcover
While I did not experience the '60s myself, this book was written in a manner that made me feel as though I could have. I found the Prologue intriguing, encouraging me to read more. The Introduction demonstrates the author's clarity and understanding of who he is as a person. The book provides details only someone who had these experiences could have written. A mix of humorous, serious, and unfortunately also tragic stories round out this book. I felt a heartfelt appreciation from the writer of having lived the life he did, being fortunate enough to have first-hand encounters with names such as Hendrix, Elvis, the Animals and Tina Turner. Overall, I found it enjoyable and look forward to reading more in a second book.
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By Earon on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Awesome book and an great look into rock and roll history. What great memories good or bad. What a fabulous story life is, thanks for sharing it with the world.
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