- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250058414
- ISBN-13: 978-1250058416
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 32.8 x 243.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cake and the Rain: A Memoir Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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"I am devouring Jimmy Webb’s autobiography right now. Tunesmith took me inside Jimmy’s music (one of my favorite of my 1250 books). The Cake and the Rain takes me inside his life. There’s the 60's I know so well. There’s the extraordinary, gifted, friend of mine Jimmy Webb." - Art Garfunkel
“During the late Sixties and early Seventies, Jimmy Webb was arguably the most successful mainstream songwriter alive, churning out sweeping, richly orchestrated hits for Glen Campbell, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, among others. Webb's new memoir, The Cake and the Rain, follows his rise from Oklahoma preacher's son to L.A. pop aristocrat. At the heart is his struggle to carve out his own identity as he lived a double life as a Middle American fixture with countercultural artistic ambitions.” ―Rolling Stone
“Jimmy Webb has been famous for his words for more than 50 years as the Grammy-winning songwriter behind classics such as “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “MacArthur Park.” But when it came time to begin writing his memoir, The Cake and the Rain Webb says he discovered a freedom of expression that he hadn’t felt before ― one that comes outside the constraints of a three-minute pop song.” ―Newsday
“Songwriter Jimmy Webb hits the high notes in The Cake and the Rain.” ―Vanity Fair
“For those who want a good―and at times incredible―story of muses, merriment, melancholy, melodrama, along with touches of ordinary life and multiple near-death experiences, this is your book … Fans who have attended his concerts through the years know full well that Jimmy Webb always has some fascinating tales that stand on their own, without the aid of some of the greatest melodies the human ear has been fortunate to catch. Here he gets to fill in the details of interactions with Elvis, Sinatra, the Beatles (and their individual members), Joni Mitchell, Richard Harris, a totally out-of-control Harry Nilsson, and even the Devil himself” ―Elmore Magazine
“Amazing! One of the best music memoirs I’ve ever read - I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.” - Will Friedwald, author of Sintra! The Song is You
“The Cake and the Rain has an almost cinematic quality, thanks to Webb’s evocative writing, and the book’s structure, which juxtaposes tales of Webb’s adventures in the music business with stories of his family.”- James Watts, Jr., Tulsa World
“Part memoir, part confessional, part musical history, and part cultural studies, The Cake and the Rain chronicles Webb’s fantastical (and at times tortuous) path through the music world of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It’s a must-read for music lovers everywhere.” - Mark Mussari
“Webb writes in a comfortable, conversational way, as though he’s telling a few close friends some stories from his fascinating life, and the book makes a great way for a music fan to pass a few hours.” ―Booklist
“An insider’s view of the star-maker machinery and a treat for Webb’s many fans.” ―Kirkus
About the Author
JIMMY WEBB, “America’s Songwriter”, is the author of the musician’s “bible”, TUNESMITH: INSIDE THE ART OF SONGWRITING. Webb’s songs with their complex chord structure have been recorded or performed by artists from Frank Sinatra to Carly Simon, to R.E.M. He tours extensively performing his own works and stories in the United States and around the world. He was the youngest man ever inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top fifty songwriters of all time. A father of six and grandfather of one, Webb lives with his wife, Laura Savini, in New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
But it's only by reading The Cake and the Rain that you'll really start to discover the man behind the music.
The Cake and the Rain is an honest, sad, amazing story that could only be told by Jimmy himself.
My hope is that Webb will write the sequel. I'm dying to know what happened next.
Santa Barbara, CA
I was feeling the journey from Oklahoma to California and beyond with the cultural changes.
Those alive during the sixties and seventies will feel it too.
What a feeling. Take the ride.
An insider’s tales of sex, drugs and Rock and Roll mixed with cars, planes, hotels, Vegas, you name it.
There is drama, comedy, tragedy, infidelity, betrayal, debauchery, love, loyalty, basically all the elements that could make a good soap opera.
He writes in a comfortable style that draws you in, you feel like a fly on the wall in a studio or a wingman sitting in the Super Snake.
Mr. Webb, always the wordsmith, writes in a poetic style like he writes his songs.
Many carefully chosen adjectives and phraseology that will stretch the lexicon.
I admit I had to look up at least a couple of terms.
The time jumps keep the pace from getting bogged down and remind me of the style of a Kurt Vonnegut Sci-Fi novel.
Except this is no novel, he lived it.
I would have liked a few more photos, of course. I also would love to see it made into a movie someday.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bravo!
The story follows two timelines: one through his early rural years and the other through his career. We experience the struggles of the school age artist seeking his niche and the perseverance of the young man learning to be a business man without giving up his musical integrity. Following the weave of the two timelines keeps the pages turning -- or in my case, swiping. The ebook stays true to the paper edition. Photos reproduced beautifully. Clickable table of contents. Choice of fonts.
Many will recall Jimmy as the composer of the songs that put Glen Campbell on the charts: Wichita Lineman, Galveston, By the Time I get to Phoenix. Among other artists that performed his tunes: The Fifth Dimension, Brooklyn Bridge, Isaac Hayes and, yes, Kanye West. While Jimmy is usually recognized as composer and lyricist, The Cake and the Rain shows introduces us to the performer, conductor and visionary. Jimmy was working and playing between doo-wop and rock 'n' roll. We see how he helped shape this transitional time in American culture.
Yes, the book has its share of drugs and parties -- but hey, it was the 60s. Don't we all have like to tell our best party stories? Let's face it some parties may have been better than the ones you attended, so just take a vicarious hit and enjoy.
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