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'For Mother's Sake': The Memoirs & Recollections of Jimmy Carl Black 1938-2008 Paperback – November 1, 2013
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This is an excellent autobiography of a great drummer and vocalist who should really be remembered to everyone, not just the select few who followed the MOI - not like the crap performers who pass for "rockers" today. Recommended reading!
The book is very well written. The ghost writer spent a lot of time transcribing the book from noisy audio tapes JCB recorded riding on busses while on tour, and from interviews. The book gets a little long with detailed descriptions of how every gig turned out, and the people he met and became friends with in every city that he played, but it is amazing how he could remember each one in such detail, when he played multiple thousands of gigs. Wish I could have met him.
I was one of the few lucky ones to see his Mothers of Invention offshoot band, Geronimo Black, at the Los Angeles Free Clinic benefit concert for $2 in the early 1970''s. This autobiography is full of inside information and great pictures. Check it out!
I loved reading about his boyhood growing up in Anthony, NM just down the road from my home.
Also liked the behind the scenes stuff with the Mothers and with Zappa.
There were some obvious timelines that weren't right and some repetition.
But still a great book.