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98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music by [Parker, Maceo]
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Gr 7–10—If readers do not have the same respect for Parker's name that the musician had for his idol, Ray Charles, that is likely to have changed by the time they finish reading this biography of a music prodigy and one of the best saxophone players in the music business. Drawn to the piano as a toddler, Parker astonished his parents with an innate ability that they eagerly fostered throughout his childhood, although a spur-of-the-moment impression from a parade led the young impresario to change to the saxophone, and he never looked back. A combination of having good luck with mentors, being driven to perform, and being determined to find his own sound put Parker in a position where he was hired as a seasoned performer with his brother by James Brown while still a college student in 1964. He blossomed as an artist during this period, before being drafted by the army. The narrative deftly handles the firsthand view of civil-rights issues and the historical events pertinent to the author, making this a relevant book for school libraries. Where the text shines is in the author's handling of the musicians with whom he played. No foibles and difficulties such as drugs, Brown's legal difficulties, and band squabbles are overlooked, and the text still manages to include a solid picture of the life of an artist and the evolution of funk music.—Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Canada

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In a memoir as upbeat and swinging as his funky, jazzy, ebullient music, saxophonist Parker charts the course of his brilliant, affirming career. Born in 1943, he grew up in Kinston, North Carolina, in a musical, church-oriented household. Parker could barely reach the piano keys when he began teaching himself to play. He switched to the saxophone, and as young teens, he and his brothers, Kellis on trombone and Melvin on drums, were a sensation. They were in college when Melvin caught James Brown’s ear. Maceo and Melvin ended up joining Brown’s world-altering band, but Maceo had to prove himself before becoming famous as Brown’s main sax player and emcee. Parker’s irresistible chronicle of his adventures with the notoriously exacting Godfather of Soul, especially at the height of the civil rights movement, and with the wildly inventive Bootsy Collins and George Clinton, as well as of his challenges establishing his own bands, offers fascinating and moving testimony to the demands and joys of a life in music, especially a creative life dedicated to spreading a positive message of love. --Donna Seaman

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  • File Size: 2125 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0SA9FC
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