- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: America Star Books; First Edition ~1st Printing edition (October 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1462639739
- ISBN-13: 978-1462639731
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,415,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now, the book...unfortunately, I found it to be a self-hagiography as autobiographies often turn out to be. While Freddy did give other acts their due, throughout it was as if Freddy has to continually let the reader know how great he was. The redundancies were also excessive, at times whole pages simply restated in slightly different wording, what had been written earlier. There were typos i.e. "where" for "were" suggesting a reliance only on spell-check without a manual proofing. Not sure what role Mark Bego had but hard to believe a professional writer was involved. The eBook version also seemed to miss a final edit as page breaks routinely appeared in the middle of the pages and some words repeatedly had extra spaces i.e. "fi rst".
Despite the book's excessive self-praise, Freddy appears very grateful for the life he has had and acknowledges the people that helped him. Also, working in an industry that frequently resulted in dysfunctional personal lives, Freddy appears to have succeeded very well where others failed, raising a family and maintaining a solid marriage that stands today.
Despite my comments, I would encourage Freddy's fans to read his book as it provides the details behind his career and of the times it spanned. I felt the rating should be 3 stars but because of all the great music Freddy gave us, he gets one more.
Freddy, as a kid growing up in CT in the late '50s early '60s, with my ear glued to WPOP and WDRC, you were one of my favorites and I NEVER thought of you as a teen idol. You were right there with Buddy, Chuck and Elvis with the talent to provide the gut-check R&R that you can only be born with. I hope today finds you well, happy and still rockin!
He resents being lumped in with the other Teenage Idols.
He thinks he's better than that. I agree with him.
In reading this book I found him not to be100 % truthful.
April 17, 1960 = Eddie Cochran died in a limo crash, while on tour in England.
Freddy says he was there. My research finds this not to be true.
Freddy holds the title for most appearances on American Bandstand.
I think this is true. I think the number he uses is inflated.
You'll enjoy this book. Don't believe everything that Freddy says.