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Rock and Roll Doctor-Lowell George: Guitarist, Songwriter, and Founder of Little Feat Paperback – October 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879307269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307264
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By kokomo on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was a friend of Lowell's.

I found this book extremely disappointing. It seems as if the author did some online research and talked to a couple of people that knew the band.

The claim of providing insight into the origination of the songs was almost completely bogus.

Even worse was the lack of factual and personal information about Lowell himself. Shoot, if I described the time we spent together and recalled the stories he told me you would have a much better idea as to who he was.

I agree with the person that wrote that it is better than nothing, but not by much. Lowell deserves a documentary on film and it is my intent to make one, if it's the last thing I do

Lastly, I was with Lowell when he wrote "Kokomo". The song happens to be about me. I never had much of a poker face and Lowell would often laugh at my expressions. He also liked my perfume and knew that I was a friend with many other musicians at the time. Regardless, he knew that he was my best friend and that my loyalty was to him and him alone.

He was the best man I've ever known. He had an incredible sense of humor. He was a man of honor and integrity. The wheels were always turning inside his brilliant mind. He read Scientific American Magazine in his spare time and listened to "World Music" before it was even coined as that.

He had an amazing amount of charisma and it was interesting to watch both men and women compete for his attentions. Most anyone that came in contact with him was drawn to him.

He was that kind of guy. He was generous and kind, talented and humble. Exuding an absolutely magnetic and magical energy to those around him.

It's a real shame that no one realized how sick he was before he went on the road in 1979'.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Moore-Whitney on April 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
I love Lowell Georges music. I love the work that Little Feat did with him at the helm of that great band. I bought this book, like others, because it was about Lowell & his music. It is clear that the author wanted a chance to review every song and every little contribution that Lowell made to them. But I'm not sure that he particularly liked many of the songs. There are a lot of quotes from the Lovin Spoonful alums, and very little from Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, and other names most Feat fans associate with the original Little Feat, and Lowell George. If you are the type of fan that likes to sing along and tap your feat to the great licks, if you have been listening to Little Feat for as long as you can remember, don't buy this book. You'll probably find you favorite song shredded by this complete review of the music you love, by someone who isn't as interested in the sum as he is in the parts. This isn't a biography, it's more like a revisionist history. Lowell should be listened to not picked apart. Long Live Lowell George!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Rapisarda on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book read somewhat like a textbook, however, it is the only biography of Lowell George that I am aware of. Because of that, I think it is worth the purchase. Although not the most exciting book, I wanted to learn more about Lowell George and it helped me do just that. Also, in the back of the book there is a list of all the known collaborations and session work that Lowell George did throughout his career, which is useful in exploring more work by the Doctor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mark Brend's biography of Lowell George gives a mishmash about his life and an analysis of his music. Although it's written in what amounts to an academic style, the book is a fairly quick read that touches on important points in George's life. The book should have concentrated as much on George's life as his music giving equal weight to both. His childhood is given the most short shift in the book but this along with the booklet from the Little Feat anthology give fans enough facts to understand something of the conflict going on in the band and to a lesser extent within George himself.

What's missing, however, is an examination of what led George to the self destructive behavior that ultimate caused him to meet an untimely death from a heart attack at age 33. Brend uses older interviews with George as well as new ones conducted with those that knew George from his fellow band members in Little Feat to his early collaborators, to try and give us a good portrait of the lead vocalist/slide player/songwriter and his contribution to music. We don't, however, truly get much insight into what motivated George as a person. Also missing is an indepth examination of the often conflicted recording sessions for the major Little Feat albums.

We do get a healthy selection of albums that George produced and/or played on by other artists. This often includes albums where George is rumored to have played on them but without any solid proof. Brend's insight as a musician is valuable in understanding what made George's songs so unique and why his vision of Little Feat was so important.

Although Little Feat isn't as well remembered as other 70's icons, their music which embraced a variety of styles makes them one of the outstanding bands of the 70's. They might not have hade the audience of The Eagles, Led Zep or The Stones (the latter two bands were huge admirers of George and Little Feat), but their terrific music is well worth tracking down and listening to.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ICEMAN on January 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
An interesting read...I have liked LF since about 1976 and saw them once in 79...best concert I ever went to...I was shocked to hear that Lowell had died as young as he was and I miss his vocal talent and slide guitar...I read this book a couple years ago not long after it was released , not the best bio but not pretending to be either...it covers a lot of ground but I was hoping for more...I think it is a good read for any Lowell Gearge fan , a nice casual interesting easy to take book...
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