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Sh-Boom!: The Explosion of Rock 'n' Roll (1953-1968) Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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After his "fifteen years of fame," Clay reveals, for the very first time, his reason for walking away from his highly-popular Saturday night show at 30-years old, and remain out of the spotlight for over forty years. Clay has been called "the missing link to the Sixties." Well, he's missing no longer; he's back with a remarkable story to tell. And what a story it is!
SH-BOOM!is brimming with the gossip, scandal and heartbreak of the upstart billion-dollar music-biz in this breezy, behind-the-scenes look at 'live' television, mom-and-pop record companies and a boozy, mafia-run Manhattan, during the explosion of rock 'n' roll music.
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The recollections seem to be very vivid in detail and gave me a peek at what went on in those years of my life ,with the music I love to this day.
A job done so very we done!!!
Cole's stories of his years on TV and in the public eye are somewhat interesting. But Cole (Al Rucker Jr.) the person and author comes across thoroughly unlikeable in so many ways that I have to give this book a very low rating.
I thoroughly agree with many of the other reviewers, the typos and editing of this book seems like it was done by someone illiterate. Cole also uses the ethnic slur "wop" in an insulting context on one occasion. I find it amazing that the alleged editors of this book let such a slur get through.
I was turned off by Cole's bragging about every restaurant and nightclub he ever visited. Cole had a nice career based in New York and he comes across as a braggart with a huge sense of entitlement. How much of it was talent/work and how much was due to being the right person in the right place? Cole definitely feels that his success was all due to his talent. So when his career takes a downer, his whining about it sounds like a spoiled child.
Cole also uses this book to get back at his competition, Alan Freed and Dick Clark. He makes sure that the reader knows that Clark did not deserve his squeaky-clean image. Cole believes he was the only pure one in a dirty business.
Cole talks about a failed marriage in 50 words. It comes out of the blue and disappears.
Finally, the second chapter of Rucker's does not exist. Cole one day decides to quit the music business for reasons he really does not explain, outside of the industry decision to make everything pre-recorded. He also intimates he could not relate to the drug culture that was part of music in the late 60s.
Cole turns his back on everything and becomes a free-lance TV producer (so that is what happened to him). He also becomes an old curmudgeon and the chapters of his life in North Carolina show a very bitter old man.