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Tales of a Rascal: What I Did for Love Hardcover – 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rainbow Publications; 1st edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615591949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615591940
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The best way to find out about the author, which is me, is to read the book, which is here. However, in lieu of coughing up $25, go to my website where you can read half of the book now, and you can read the rest of it soon.

Age: 78

Sex: Male

Height: depends on the time and day of my life. I have varied from being the giant of the universe, breathing the same air as God, to being underwater in a septic tank, and breathing the same sewage as the slime balls around me.

Occupation: Entertainer. Two years old, dancing the Darktown Strutters Ball on the streets of New Jersey and New York. And after all those years, the only thing's that's changed, is I dance a little slower.

Someone said, "And the end of all of our exploring will be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time." And the old guy on the cover of this book came full circle to where he knows that little dancing boy on the cover of this book for the first time. Robert Blake, I introduce you to your soul, Mickey Gubitosi.

Anything else you want to know about me, drop me a line on my web site and I'm sure we will enjoy swapping a few lies.

About Black Rainbow, the publisher of the book. Things come to me in my dreams--poems, music, paintings. This thing, whatever it is, woke me up in the middle of the night:

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122 of 128 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've been waiting for this book since Mr. Blake did a two part interview with Tavis Smiley last year. I thought I'd like it, but "like" doesn't do Blake's recollections justice. Inexplicably poetic and rich with anecdotes about life that started in Nutley NJ and took him to Hollywood, Blake looks deep into his abusive childhood with two miserable parents and the joy he found when he was away from home entertaining people and making them smile. From his first exposure as rascal Mickey to his career in tv as Baretta and all the places in between, this book is a kaleidoscope of memories that make black and white photos come to life and people long dead and forgotten are resurrected. Had there never been a Bonnie Lee Bakley and a sensationalistic trial, Blake's story up to that point would have been enough for me. Regardless of whether you have an opinion about that entire mess or not, Blake in his characteristic candor would probably tell you he doesn't give a rat's a** about what you think because he knows what his truth is.
As for the time Blake spent in jail, Blake is direct and angry about how the media and the police manipulated the entire situation. After hearing his account, I can't say I blame him. Blake is ready to get back into the main ring again and act. I get that he may be viewed as too volatile by some Hollywood types, but that intensity and recall is what makes this book extremely good and what makes him such a great actor. This book reveals many sides of Robert Blake beyond an angry and oddly spiritual man and a talented performer and tortured soul.
It has depth, substance, vulnerability, and honesty and is a complex and compelling story. I wish it hadn't come to its conclusion as quickly as it did. Blake is an incredibly talented writer and Is definitely an interesting man.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Jeri A. Levesque on June 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reading Tales of a Rascal: What I Did For Love brings forth the feeling of riding a roller coaster wearing a blindfold. Imagine yourself sitting at a deli on Ventura Blvd. Every day an actor with ramrod posture and flint eyes slides into a booth across from you. His hair is gray beneath a black Stetson. The eyes are those of a young man with an ageless soul. As is his daily custom, he sticks one photograph on the table. He locks eyes with you and begins to tell a story. One day it's a black and white shot of him at seven years old sitting desk to desk with schoolmate and dear friend, Elizabeth Taylor. Another time he slaps down a wild-eyed photo of Mickey Rooney and him locked in a bear hug. Each picture triggers a tale. I think that's how this book took shape. Blake recalls 75 years in Hollywood one incredible story at a time. Tales is about time spent at "home" in front of cameras, behind the scenes, high jinx, hood winks, and way too many drinks at a time. He is an actor who directs every word on the page to give the reader all he's had, lost, and wants.
Robert Blake doesn't have time for a maudlin collection of memories. He's in the Third Act of his life and is having fun spewing great stories for regular people - the readers of his book. Point to a screen shot of Steve McQueen or Natalie Wood - he'll grin as he remembers a scent, a taste, or a touch. Blake is a master of story and a prince of prose. The book is designed to blast his thoughts into words that cajole, abuse, and apprehend the reader's rapt attention. He spits, splays, mutters, and at times, tenderly whispers simple, astute musings such as, "Obsession is not caring".
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Louise Shaler on May 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If Robert Blake hadn't become an actor, he would have been a poet. He writes better than many professional authors, and outshines the quality of most Hollywood memoirs by a mile. This is his authentic voice, unedited and heartfelt and painfully honest, and worth reading even if you never saw a single one of his films.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By ElaineD on June 26, 2012
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This is one of the most fascinating and eloquent books I've ever read. "Tales of a Rascal" has captured Robert Blake's life, loves, thoughts and dreams in prose and profanity both, and is difficult to put down once you've started your journey. I was up until 4:30 AM the day after I received it!
I can't tell you which stories to read first - the reminiscences of Lana Turner's a$$ in front of his five-year-old eyes.. Liz Taylor helping him read in class.. Marilyn Monroe beating him at chess.. his "brother forever", William 'Buckwheat' Thomas, and their escapades.. Alfalfa drowning the goat.. the squalid, sordid so-called childhood he suffered through.. the glorious moments spent with his grand(or great-grand)father in Italy.. there are too many to list here.
But I MUST say, the harrowing experience of being locked up for 11 months in solitary, and his insight into the Los Angeles jail system, is alone worth the price of the book. Notwithstanding the political and twisted media BS surrounding his wrongful arrest and persecution for a crime he did not commit.
Anyone who is a fan of Robert Blake should read this book. Anyone who is a fan of the Little Rascals should read this book. Anyone who wants to know what happened during both the criminal and (UN)civil trials should read this book. **Anyone who doesn't know what to believe about his guilt or innocence should read this book.** Anyone who wants to hear about the old-times and glories of Hollywood should read this book. Anyone who wants to laugh, cry, and be moved beyond heaven and earth should read this book.
Catch my drift?
You won't regret one moment, and you won't forget any of them either.
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