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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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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.
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.
Not only does he weave an incredible tale but he tells it in a way that is so personable that you are made to feel that you are actually participating in an intimate conversation with the author himself right down to his sharing his reactions to and insights into specific episodes in his life. He is such an engaging storyteller and has lived such an extraordinary life that the book could just as easily have been entitled "Vicarious". Take my word for it... any rock and roll musician you love and admire from the cream of the crop of English rock and roll royalty to Tulsa's finest Bobby was there playing his heart out with the best of them and spurring them on to greatness. I have an entire shelf on my bookshelf filled with musician biographies and autobiographies and Bobby's is amongst the best I have ever read. What an amazing journey for Bobby and for anyone who relives it through his words; a wonderful telling of a joyful and treacherous existence. Every time I thought things might level out off it went into another exciting chapter of his amazing life. The content of this book is one amazing anecdote, encounter, or situation after another.
There were a few particularly harrowing occurrences that he had shared online and the entire time I was reading it I was wondering if they would be included and sure enough there they were. From the pinnacle of good fortune to the dark nights of the soul he pulled no punches. From his traumatic childhood on the Mississippi, to his difficult yet rewarding period with Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett, to playing on George Harrison's `All Things Must Pass', to partnering up with Eric Clapton and The Dominos to make one of the most seminal rock and roll albums of our time, to the present time with his soul mate and the love of his life Coco Carmel.
On a personal note, when that whole exchange transpired online I shared with Bobby and Coco what a profoundly important album `Layla' was, and continues to be, for me personally; and as good fortune would have it, I have since developed a `virtual' friendship with the two of them and can attest to the fact that they are every bit as lovely and down to earth as one might imagine.
So there it is... thank you Bobby for one of the most provocative, informative, and riveting books I have ever had the good fortune of reading.
Now excuse me while I return to it as I am in the process of reading it again for the second time.
Bobby paints a good picture on what his life was like before, during the Delaney and Bonnie era and easing nicely into Derek and the Dominos to going solo. It was great to hear the stories of the Bramlett's tumultuous relationship, being "Lil' brother to Duane Allman, to the unstable character of Jim Gordon, to the "in the background" Carl Radle, to Eric Clapton's great artistry and understated generosity to Bobby, which seemed to wallow in excess of drugs, alcohol and rock and roll.
I only wish this book had better pictures and that they were in color. I can't understand why he had poor black and white pics... I found that a little irritating that he couldn't have come up with better pictures.
I hope this book sells well for "Little Brother"