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Re: Books Written By Musicians

PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:24 pm
by Alan Balfour
How about Trumpet On The Wing by Wingy Manone (with Paul Vandervoort II) (Doubleday 1948). Forward by Bing Crosby. Session discography by Art Hodes, George Avakian, Charles Delaunay and others.

The book commences thus:

I WASN'T BORN WITH A TRUMPET IN MY hand, like some newspaper guy wrote. And that stuff about me cutting my teeth on a cornet is jived up too. But no matter. I've had my horn so long, it seems like I was born with it.

That horn has been my solid all-the biggest thing in my life. It's been closer to me than anybody, and we been on the wing together since I was a little kid in short pants, down in New Orleans.

On the wing, ridin' in style; on the wing, ridin' the rods. Man, I've grabbed onto more freights than Jeff Davis, the King of the Hobos. And I've ridden the finest trains in the country, first class, with my horn in a plush case, ridin' by my side.

My horn and me, we been together when the good times were rollin' and when the bad times had us beat down to the bricks. We stayed in fine hotels and flopped
in lousy joints.

We played for the movie big shots in Hollywood and for the "bugs" in an insane asylum. We worked on the radio and in the movies with Bing Crosby. And got the air in tank towns too.

And so it goes on. Quite entertaining if somewhat exhausting.

Re: Books Written By Musicians

PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:37 pm
by uiwangmike
A book I found by chance in a second-hand store, enjoyed dipping into without trying a cover-to-cover effort, was Ain't Got No Cigarettes by a Canadian singer and writer, Lyle E. Style (which may well be his real name). The sub-title, which sums up the contents, is Memories of Music Legend Roger Miller. It was published in 2006, and consists of interviews (100 or so) with just about everybody who was anybody in country music at the time.
300+ pages on Roger Miller may be too much to take, but there’s a 2-part interview with the author. Although it's funny, the Tom Rush anecdote, among others, gives a hint of how difficult RM might have been to get along with for any length of time.

Re: Books Written By Musicians

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:59 am
by Jamie Renton
Garth Cartwright wrote:Horace Panter's Ska'd For Life is also excellent - he chronicles The Specials rise and fall without gossip or malice and really gives a sense of what it is like to be in a touring band.

I'm half way through this and very much enjoying it. Refreshingly honest and reasonably well written. A right old nostalgia trip for those of us of a certain age too!

Re: Books Written By Musicians

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:12 pm
by M Heatley
Dele Leonard discussed his book writing with Johnnie Walker today. The link below is the interview without the music.

They seemed to get on well - two rock'n'roll septuagenarians recalling their salad days!