A well written and researched book covering Prima's (and Keely Smith's) life and career from New Orleans to New York, Las Vegas and back again. Lots of great information here, not only about Prima, Smith and company, but also about early jazz and Las Vegas during its hay day.
Unfortunately, I did not care for the narrator at all. His voice reminded me of Casey Kassem with that same sense of drama and timeing. He frequently mispronounced most of the Italian names and words, referring to Prima's bandleader ( who worked with him from 1953 until Prima's death) as Sam Beautera instead of Butera which became kind of maddening. This was just one of many mistakes he made throughout. I'm of the opinion that if they are going to hire a guy to read something they ought to be sure he can do it correctly.
I still liked the book and do recommend it.
When Chris Elliott's lifeless body was found in his home show business lost one of those rare creative geniuses that only comes around once in a generation. Elliott was a gifted writer and actor whose television show "get a life" and film "cabin boy" as well as his ground breaking work on the david letterman show shattered the myth that comedy had to be funny to be good.
Chris Elliott is the perfect choice for narrator for this one! And his Chris Elliott like delivery is flawless.
This is THE best thing I've heard on audible to date!
Howard Kaylan (that's KaYlan, with a "y") narrates his quixotic journey through the music business which included being insulted by John Lennon, sharing a dinner with Jimi Hendrix, performing at the fateful Zappa show that spawned the song Smoke on the Water, and performing the Strawberry Shortcake theme just to name a few. It's all here.
The book is great and worth buying and reading as well, but to hear Howard Kaylan say the words out loud is the icing on the cake!
This is a must have for any Zappa fan!
Recorded the day after the first of the Fillmore concerts with Flo & Eddie. Frank discusses how he conducts a band in some detail. John Lennon and Yoko Ono are on hand and offer comments near the end of the interview. Howard Kaylan also interrupts periodically to update Frank on the status of finding him an amp for the show as he had blown his marshal the night before
It's kind of like getting to be a fly on the wall in Franks dressing room for an hour.
I listened to a number of samples before settling on this audio bible. With the amount of options available it was hard to pick the right one. I picked this one because it had no background music which I found distracting. Also, it's not a dramatization, while it has a number of different narrators each one reads a different gospel. Which is a really nice touch; I didn't want the bible to sound like a radio play.
It's fairly easy to find the the chapters you are looking for if you download the PDF. If you are useing the audible app on your phone carry the PFD with you to. I've read other reviews that complain about this. There's no problem if you are prepared for it.
As to the story, I'm gonna have to say its the best one I've ever heard!
Well written and frightening account of the McCarthy-esc government crack down o the comic book industry during the 1950s. Less than ten years after WW2, American children were being encouraged to have mass comic book burnings by their teachers and religious leaders. Very scary stuff; I couldn't put it down.
Well written and narrated. I found this to be a good introduction to the subject of indigo, crystal, and rainbow children. But it is rather short and you'll want to do some more investigation afterwards.
There is some good info here and I wanted to like it but it is so detailed that it even exhausted a history geek like me.
Too bad there's not an abridged version.
I've been a Hendrix fan for longer than I care to remember and I've read just about everything I can find on the man. Unfortunately most of what I out there is not very well written or contains a lot of misinformation. And none of it deals with his Seattle years. This is just the opposite. It is extensively well researched; the writing flows well (as does the narration); and the first half is centered around Jimi's early life and career.
This book combind with Eddie Kramer's Setting The Record Straight is all the info you'll ever need on Hendrix.
Amazing chronicle of a man who's love for American roots music fueled the movement we now know as rock and roll. Ertegun began as a collector of jazz and blues records to become one of the most influencial people in the record industry. Discovering acts like Ray Charles, Buffalo Springfield, Sonny & Cher and Led Zeppelin to name a few. As well as producers Phil Spector, David Geffin Tom Dowd and list just keeps going. Ahmet Ertegun seemed to be in the vicinity of just about every important event in popular music for over 50 years.
What I found most scary was that ambassador Dodd, his daughter, and the rest of his family seemed to ignore what was going on in Germany rather than being surprised by it. This book shows just how quickly a country can be taken over from within.
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