To fans of sassy and savvy urban music, the name Rick James will forever be associated with the mainstream emergence of funk—that bottom-heavy blend of rock and soul that sparked a multiracial musical revolution in the 1970s and 1980s and ...
Author: Rick James
Publisher: Amber Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
To fans of sassy and savvy urban music, the name Rick James will forever be associated with the mainstream emergence of funk—that bottom-heavy blend of rock and soul that sparked a multiracial musical revolution in the 1970s and 1980s and has since influenced everything from rap to raves, punk to progressive rock. Along with the fame, the Grammy Award, and superstardom came drug abuse and even felony convictions, all of which are chronicled in this gripping, posthumous tell-all of the funk revolution.
Now, based on court records, newspaper archives, and extensive interviews with dozens of family members, band members, friends, and lovers, here is the definitive biography of Motown's most controversial superstar.
Author: Peter Benjaminson
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Rick James played with Neil Young, self-produced his first album (later picked up by Motown), crossed rock and funk to come up with one of the best-selling albums of the 1980s, became one of the biggest pop stars of the era, turned a young white woman named Teena Marie into an R&B superstar, displayed an outrageously sex- and drug-filled lifestyle, was tried and found guilty of assaulting and imprisoning a young woman, went on to record new music that was compared to the Beatles' White Album, and ended his life as a punch line for Dave Chappelle. James attempted to tell his own story—in two different books—but left out many incidents that reflected badly on his character. Now, based on court records, newspaper archives, and extensive interviews with dozens of family members, band members, friends, and lovers, here is the definitive biography of Motown's most controversial superstar.
Rick James, Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James (New York: Atria Books, ... Glow; Rick James, The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak ...
Author: Elliott H. Powell
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
A sixty-year history of Afro–South Asian musical collaborations From Beyoncé’s South Asian music–inspired Super Bowl Halftime performance, to jazz artists like John and Alice Coltrane’s use of Indian song structures and spirituality in their work, to Jay-Z and Missy Elliott’s high-profile collaborations with diasporic South Asian artists such as the Panjabi MC and MIA, African American musicians have frequently engaged South Asian cultural productions in the development of Black music culture. Sounds from the Other Side traces such engagements through an interdisciplinary analysis of the political implications of African American musicians’ South Asian influence since the 1960s. Elliott H. Powell asks, what happens when we consider Black musicians’ South Asian sonic explorations as distinct from those of their white counterparts? He looks to Black musical genres of jazz, funk, and hip hop and examines the work of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Rick James, OutKast, Timbaland, Beyoncé, and others, showing how Afro–South Asian music in the United States is a dynamic, complex, and contradictory cultural site where comparative racialization, transformative gender and queer politics, and coalition politics intertwine. Powell situates this cultural history within larger global and domestic sociohistorical junctures that link African American and South Asian diasporic communities in the United States. The long historical arc of Afro–South Asian music in Sounds from the Other Side interprets such music-making activities as highly political endeavors, offering an essential conversation about cross-cultural musical exchanges between racially marginalized musicians.
In the early 1980s, Rick James declared himself the King of Punkfunk. ... for him,” James later wrote in his autobiography The Confessions of Rick James: ...
Author: Joseph Vogel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
What were Prince's politics? What did he believe about God? And did he really forsake the subject-sex-that once made him the most subversive superstar of the Reagan era? In this illuminating thematic biography, Joseph Vogel explores the issues that made Prince one of the late 20th century's most unique, controversial, and fascinating artists. Since his unexpected death in 2016, Prince has been recognized by peers, critics, and music fans alike. President Barack Obama described him as “one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time.” Yet in spite of the influx of attention, much about Prince's creative life, work, and cultural impact remains thinly examined. This Thing Called Life fills this vacuum, delving deep into seven key topics-politics, sound, race, gender, sex, religion, and death-that allow us to see Prince in fresh, invigorating new ways. Accessible and timely, This Thing Called Life takes the reader on a journey through the catalog and creative revolution of one of America's most compelling and elusive icons.
Typical confessional memoirs include The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak by Rick James, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind: An Unauthorized ...
Author: Richard Campbell
Craft a meaningful life story! A written legacy of your life--one that encompasses experiences, lessons learned, failures and triumphs--is a gift your family and friends will cherish for years to come. Writing this story may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Writing Your Legacy is a step-by-step guide to chronicling a life story that reflects your true self. Through a series of 35 guided themes, as well as supplementary exercises, you'll explore milestones, relationships, career paths, and major choices, and leave an eloquent record of your life for future generations. You'll also learn how to: • Become the hero of your story • Employ vibrant sensory details • Discover your unique voice • Dig up memories from your childhood and teen years • Overcome writer's block, address common fears, and stay motivated • Prepare your story for publication Writing your life story can grant you insight and clarity, help you heal past wounds, and serve as a treasured account you'll be proud to share. Your story deserves to be told. Capture the spirit of your life with Writing Your Legacy.
His autobiography, The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak, was released posthumously. Evidently, Slipknot clown Shawn Crahan approved of ...
Author: Neil Strauss
Publisher: Canongate Books
You can tell a lot about someone in a minute if you choose the right minute. Join Neil Strauss as he: • Makes Lady Gaga cry • • Tries to keep Mötley Cru?e out of jail • • Gets kidnapped by Courtney Love • • Goes to church with Tom Cruise (and his mother) • • Reads the mind of Britney Spears • • Hunts down Jackie Chan • • Gets picked on by Led Zeppelin • • Buys nappies with Snoop Dogg • • Goes drinking with Bruce Springsteen, dining with Gwen Stefaniand hot-tubbing with Marilyn Manson • • Talks glam with David Bowie, drugs with Madonna, death with Johny Cash and sex with Chuck Berry • • Gets molested by The Strokes, gets in trouble with Prince and gets Christina Aguilera into bed • Also features exclusive UK heavyweight champions Steve Coogan, Noel Fielding, Russell Brand and more . . .
Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story (1995). Zaire 1974. James, Rick. The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs ofa Super Freak (2007). Europe 1982.
Author: Stephanie Y. Evans
Publisher: SUNY Press
A resource guide that uses African American memoir to address a variety of issues related to mentoring and curriculum development. In this resource guide for fostering youth empowerment, Stephanie Y. Evans offers creative commentary on two hundred autobiographies that contain African American travel memoirs of places around the world. The narratives are by such well-known figures as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Billie Holiday, Maya Angelou, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Muhammad Ali, Richard Pryor, Angela Davis, Condoleezza Rice, and President Barack Obama, as well as by many lesser-known travelers. The book addresses a variety of issues related to mentoring and curriculum development. It serves as a tool for “literary mentoring,” where students of all ages can gain knowledge and wisdom from texts in the same way achieved by one-on-one mentoring, and it also provides ideas for incorporating these memoirs into lessons on history, geography, vocabulary, and writing. Focusing on four main mentoring themes—life, school, work, and cultural exchange—Evans encourages readers to comb the texts for models of how to manage attitudes, behaviors, and choices in order to be successful in transnational settings. “This book provides a new and refreshing way to think about Black youth and issues of empowerment. It will be a useful tool for teachers, parents, scholars, and community organizers, leaders, and activists.” — Valerie Grim, Indiana University Bloomington
Hampton, Lionel, and James Haskins. Hamp: An Autobiography. ... The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak. Phoenix, AZ: Colossus Books, 2007.
Author: Tammy Kernodle
African Americans' historical roots are encapsulated in the lyrics, melodies, and rhythms of their music. In the 18th and 19th centuries, African slaves, longing for emancipation, expressed their hopes and dreams through spirituals. Inspired by African civilization and culture, as well as religion, art, literature, and social issues, this influential, joyous, tragic, uplifting, challenging, and enduring music evolved into many diverse genres, including jazz, blues, rock and roll, soul, swing, and hip hop. Providing a lyrical history of our nation, this groundbreaking encyclopedia, the first of its kind, showcases all facets of African American music including folk, religious, concert and popular styles. Over 500 in-depth entries by more than 100 scholars on a vast range of topics such as genres, styles, individuals, groups, and collectives as well as historical topics such as music of the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and numerous others. Offering balanced representation of key individuals, groups, and ensembles associated with diverse religious beliefs, political affiliations, and other perspectives not usually approached, this indispensable reference illuminates the profound role that African American music has played in American cultural history. Editors Price, Kernodle, and Maxile provide balanced representation of various individuals, groups and ensembles associated with diverse religious beliefs, political affiliations, and perspectives. Also highlighted are the major record labels, institutions of higher learning, and various cultural venues that have had a tremendous impact on the development and preservation of African American music. Among the featured: Motown Records, Black Swan Records, Fisk University, Gospel Music Workshop of America, The Cotton Club, Center for Black Music Research, and more. With a broad scope, substantial entries, current coverage, and special attention to historical, political, and social contexts, this encyclopedia is designed specifically for high school and undergraduate students. Academic and public libraries will treasure this resource as an incomparable guide to our nation's African American heritage.
(New York: Harper & Row, 1986), 51–53, 134–35; Rick James, The Confessions of Rick James: “Memoirs of a Super Freak” (New York: Colossus Books, 2007), ...
Author: T. Bolden
The Funk Era and Beyond is the first scholarly collection to discuss the significance of funk music in America. Contributors employ a multitude of methodologies to examine this unique musical genre's relationship to African American culture and to music, literature, and visual art as a whole.
... My Time With Prince “We were young and” Bobby Z in Alex Hahn “I felt sorry for” Rick James, The Confessions Of Rick James “He sent his girlfriend” Gayle ...
Author: Jason Draper
Publisher: Chartwell Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"Prince was a gift and a genius. He showed us that we have no limits." Alicia Keys "He was the most incredibly talented artist. A man in complete control of his work from writer and musician to producer and director." Kate Bush "The most amazing performer I have ever witnessed." Joni Mitchell "He Changed The World!!" Madonna In a career that spanned five decades, Prince really did change the world. After making some of most inventive albums of the 80s - including 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign "O" The Times - he turned his attention to redefining his role in the music industry, changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol, declaring war on Warner Bros, and leading the internet revolution. When he died, on April 21 2016, the world lost one of the few artists who could truly claim to be called a genius. His legacy lives on, and will remain an inspiration for all time. Prince: Life & Times is a large format, lavishly illustrated, authoritative chronicle of his career, covering every album, every movie, and every tour. It includes profiles of key collaborators, assesses his various business dealings, and details his many side-projects - on stage, on record, on screen, and beyond. This updated second edition includes detailed information on Prince's activity from 2008 to 2016.
After one final album for Motown, The Flag in 1986, Rick left to sign a ... REFLECTIONS (1984) FURTHER READING: CONFESSIONS OF RICK JAMES: MEMOIRS OF A ...
Author: Graham Betts
Publisher: AC Publishing
Motown means different things to different people. The mere mention of perhaps the most iconic record label in history is often enough to invoke memories and mental images of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, The Supremes and numerous others. With each group recalled, there is an accompanying piece of music of the mind, from Baby Love, My Girl, Signed Sealed Delivered, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, ABC and Tears Of A Clown and countless more. Quite often, you can ask people what kind of music they like and they will simply answer ‘Motown’, and both they, and you, know exactly what is meant. Or rather, what is implied. The Motown they are invariably thinking of is the label that dominated the charts in the mid 1960s with a succession of radio friendly, dance orientated hits, most of which were written and produced by the trio of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. This period is referred to, naturally enough, as the Golden Era, when Motown was not only the dominant force in its home city of Detroit but carried The Sound of Young America all around the world. The kind of music that had them Dancing In the Street from Los Angeles to London, Miami to Munich and San Francisco to Sydney. It was the kind of music that attracted scores of imitators; some good, some not so good. The kind of music that appealed to the public and presidents alike, and still does. It was that Motown that this book was intended to be about. However, when you start digging deeper into the Motown story, you realise that throughout its life (which, for the purposes of this book, is its formation in 1959 through to its sale in 1988) it was constantly trying other musical genres, looking to grab hits out of jazz, country, pop, rock, middle of the road and whatever else might be happening at the time. Of course it wasn’t particularly successful at some of the other genres, although those who claim Motown never did much in the rock market conveniently overlook the healthy sales figures achieved by Rare Earth, the group, and focus instead on the total sales achieved on Rare Earth, the label. This book, therefore, contains biographies of all 684 artists who had releases on Motown and their various imprints, as well as biographies of 16 musicians, 23 producers, 19 writers and 13 executives. There are also details of the 50 or so labels that Motown owned, licensed to or licensed from. All nine films and the 17 soundtracks are also featured. Every Motown single and album and EP that made the Top Ten of the pop charts in either the US or UK also have their own entries, with 222 singles, 84 albums and five EPs being featured. Finally, there are 36 other entries, covering such topics as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Motortown Revues, Grammy Awards and the most played Motown songs on radio. The 1,178 entries cover every aspect of Motown and more – of the link between Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies and Wonder Woman, of the artists from Abbey Tavern Singers to Zulema, and the hits from ABC to You Really Got A Hold On Me. The Motown Encyclopedia is the story of Motown Records; Yesterday, Today, Forever.
James L. Nutt. and crossed state lines to meet a fake hit man, which is a federal charge. ... Like Rick James said, “Cocaine is a hell of ...
Author: James L. Nutt
Category: Biography & Autobiography
This book probably won't make Oprah's Book Club and may not be published, but my psychiatrist said I better write it for both my sake and for the sake of others. The characters and events in this chronicle are real. You know that old saying "The truth is stranger than fiction." Well, it applies here. Some of you are going to think this book is bullshit based on the premise that no one could have gone through these events and remained sane enough to record it. But that's okay; I'll take a lie detector test to confirm each and every incident. That is, as long as it's not in my hometown, because I don't trust the powers that be downtown. You'll learn why. There will be a lot of swearing, but I won't take the Lord's name in vain. I'm a believer in the Lord. I can motherfuck you with the best of them but won't use His name in vain. It's kind of a dichotomy. I guess I'm a cross between Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, Randall P McMurphy in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Luke in Cool Hand Luke, Max Cady in Cape Fear, and Andy Durfresne in The Shawshank Redemption.
His guitar skills landed him recording sessions with Teena Marie, Rick James, The Temptations, George Benson, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Norman Connors, ...
Author: Aadil Luqman Jai
Category: Biography & Autobiography
"Luqman's commitment to his dreams and ideals are intense and boldly honest. His focus is on his search and discovery of universal truth. Here, he offers a glimpse into the reality that all answers come from within; and each man (person) must connect to his or her own spirit in honesty and with an open mind in order to hear them. Hollywood is a fantasy that, if we allow it, can distract from the great creative medium that is within all of us to build for ourselves. In the footsteps of Luqman, (moving in his own footsteps, as with each of us) lies even greater hope and truth." Marla Gibbs Actress, Community Activist, and friend to generations as Florence on The Jeffersons, Mary on 227, and D. L. Hughley's mother on The Hughley's.
Martin, Malcolm and Garvey Play Bid Whist with Marvin Gaye Pac and Biggie playing chess While Cochran sings with Rick James Love takes hold and carries me ...
Author: Nyja Tapscott
Confessions of a Sensitive Soul: A Poetic Journey is a revealing, insightful, and passionate look into the mind of a voracious poet. These poems evoke a spectrum of images and genuine emotion while exploring the intricacies and nuances of contemporary life, love, relationships, self and spiritual growth. "There is a new poet on the scene! Proof that God is alive and well and continuing to inspire our creative juices. Nyja's poetry was written to reflect her journey, challenges and triumphs; but upon closer examination we find our own reflection. It is simple truth offering us introspection into our own lives by making us giggle, think, laugh out loud, sigh, cry, and applaud the memories. I think we can expect more from this gifted voice. Bravo Nyja! My daughter from God." -Marla Gibbs, Actress
James Curtis Geist ... Gang: “Celebration” Loving You” Rick Springfield: “Jessie's Girl” Comedy: “Great White North,” McKenzie brothers 1982 Human League: ...
Author: James Curtis Geist
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Geists memoir is written in the tradition of Saint Augustines book, Confessions. Confessions is considered the first Western autobiography chronicling the saints struggles with sin, lust, and his life in Christian ministry. With brutal honesty, Jim Geist shares stories of struggle with character defects, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. It is a series of antidotal stories from elementary school, little league sports, family stories, and funny stories from hunting camp, graduate school, ministry, and his job as a high school social studies teacher in New York City. In his fifteen years as an educator, dozens of students encouraged Mr. Geist to write a memoir because they found his stories interesting, humorous, and inspirational. He was voted Teacher of the Year in 2012 by his peers, the same year his assistant principal took him to arbitration to steal his livelihood for him speaking out against the change from teacher-centered teaching to classes becoming times of group work where most of the time was not being spent on the curriculum or preparing for the New York state exams. It is a memoir of his careers, marriage, divorce, heartbreak, relationships, human rights activism against genocide, and modern-day slavery. It is a story of an urban teacher, in the midst of changes in the public education paradigm and a failed political candidate shot with slings and arrows of dirty tricks and false charges. It has stories of arbitration and court battles and recovery from codependency through the twelve-step program, learning how to accept life on lifes terms. You will find yourself laughing on almost every page and identifying with many of the human conundrums we face in life because life is often stranger than fiction.
Brown is also a featured author in Rick James' autobiography, Memoirs of Rick James: Confessions of a Super Freak and is the co-author of What the Hell Was ...
Author: Jake Brown
Publisher: Kings Road Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
AC/DC have reigned over rock 'n' roll for almost four decades. Their signature power chord rock was the sonic standard bearer of the genre they pioneered, summarised in Rolling Stone's declaration that they 'are one of the top hard rock bands in history'. The group has transcended their Australian roots to become a global phenomenon. Their albums consistently go platinum and they have earned their reputation as one of the best bands on the planet.The band's live arsenal includes 'It's a Long Way to the Top (If you want to Rock 'n 'Roll); 'Highway to Hell and 'You Shook Me All Night Long' and their influence is felt today as strongly as ever. 2008's Black Ice sold an astonishing more than 1.5 million copies in its first week, and would go on to sell seven million copies worldwide, spending several weeks on the top of the Billboard Top 200. In November 2012, Live at River Plate was released - the band's first live album for 20 years.Featuring exclusive interviews with producers and engineers, AC/DC in the Studio is the definitive account of the making of the greatest hard rock anthems of all time. Every album is featured in incredible detail, from 1975's TNT all the way to 2008 and Black Ice.
I have to admit I have so many “Confessions” just like Usher, but I ain't telling ... I do have one confession, though: I'm a “Super Freak” like Rick James.
Author: John J.
Publisher: Page Publishing Inc
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
The Life of Metaphors is based upon real-life things we see every day. This is a new style of reading material that no one has ever read before, which will open your mind to metaphors as a new language. In one of my chapters, I talk about money and how it can be a force of evil. For example, some people say money isn't everything, but people will do anything to get it. I also talk about sports and how relevant they are to the players. Some of my favorite sports players listed as Tom Brady, Peyto