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Bobby Whitlock: A Rock 'n' Roll Autobiography Paperback – December 17, 2010
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From early childhood singing in church to the rock 'n' roll limelight of Derek and the Dominos, Bobby Whitlock launched a musical journey still going to this day. Whitlock's life story does more than share rock gossip about stars like Keith Moon, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton, however. Whitlock candidly discusses his abusive childhood, his experiences with Delaney and Bonnie, failed marriages, and drug addiction, and how the star-studded lifestyle evolved into a peaceful partnership with his wife and musical partner.
About the Author
Bobby Whitlock was an original member of the rock band Derek and the Dominos and played on George Harrison's first solo album, All Things Must Pass. He's written numerous songs performed by such artists as George Jones and Sheryl Crow. He now lives with his wife and musical partner, CoCo Carmel. Marc Roberty has written more than 30 books, a number of them about Eric Clapton, including The Complete Recording Sessions. His articles and features have been published in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Best, Financial Times, and more.
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All in all, it is a good read and I love the emotion of Bobby Whitlock's music, past and present. I am happy for you and CoCo, Bobby. Keep on the honest side.
The fact that I live in Memphis and have met (and jammed with) Bobby, made me that much more curious about this book. Nothing, however, could have prepared me for its incredible content, or for his gift of telling his story while making deep, heart felt, philosophical statements that ring true not only with musicians, but with anyone, anywhere.
In the past I have loved reading Eric's book, Keith's book, Paul's book, etc., etc.
Bobby's amazing, brutally honest life story is every bit as intriguing; I simply couldn't put it down till I had finished it.
It's not just a great rock and roll story, but also one of survival and redemption.
Thanks for the book, Bobby, as well as for tweaking my B3 back in 1989. Some of the greatest gospel organists are still begging me to tell them "the secret"...
As mentioned in the book, I wish that EC and Whitlock would come together for at least a concert or two.
A really entertaining book written by an interesting character.
p.s. I also recommend picking up the re-release of his first two albums on CD ("Where there's a Will..."). These are excellent albums that were criminally ignored when released in the early 70s.
I have to admit that I knew something about Bobby (and Coco) before reading this book. We are lucky enough to live in Austin, and I saw them a year or so ago on a visit to the Saxon Pub, and have since become a regular. I was not just taken by the music, but I also was taken by Bobby's stories and his sense of life and spirituality that is so very positive. For example, Bobby will say things like "We were all wound up looking for a house until we looked around us and found that we already were living in a house." So while many laud this book because of the accuracy and detail of the creation of some of the best classic rock ever written, the thing that resonated the most with me was the story of a person who started his life and early career in a rather simple way, then saw his life become complex, then saw his life become even more complex, then returned to a life of simplicity.
My only warning about this book is to start it when you have time to read it. I found it very hard to put down, and stayed up almost all night to finish it.