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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (11 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306821311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306821318
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Booklist, 11/1/13 "Drawing on interviews with bandmates, family members, and fellow musician...details the in-fighting; the romantic entanglements (which rival those of Fleetwood Mac); the drugs; and the music. ...This long-overdue biography is a treat for Feat fans and an homage to a seminal '70s band whose influence on other musicians far outweighs its commercial success." Niagara Gazette/Tonawanda News Sunday, 10/27/13 "If you are familiar with the music of Little Feat you will absolutely love the book, as it answers a lot of questions. If not, well it is a great cultural history piece on how the music industry has evolved over the years and one band's tenacity to overcome all of those changes." Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 11/10/13 "A definitive history of a most interesting (and talented) band" Vintage Guitar, 1/1/13 "[An] enticing, entertaining read." Blogcritics, 12/4/13 "Fong-Torres was the perfect choice for this book...For those of us who have been waiting for the definitive Little Feat book to come along, this is it." Toronto Globe and Mail, 12/7/13 "Probably the most underrated band in rock 'n' roll history, Little Feat (Willin', Dixie Chicken) finally gets its due. Focus is properly on its presiding spirit, the brilliant and doomed Lowell George." Glide Magazine, 1/8/14 "Founding Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres does an admirably restrained job of telling the Feats story factually and without undue melodrama...Meticulously gathering facts like the expert reporter that he is, Fong-Torres speaks with seemingly all those around George at every point in his life." Houston Press, 1/20/13 "[The] story and music of Little Feat are due for reevaluation among classic-rock fans, and Willin' is a big step in that direction." Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/16/2014 "A fine Rolling Stone writer drawn to tales of tragic greatness unfulfilled... Fong-Torres is a good stylist, an excellent music reporter, and a compassionate storyteller. It's hard to tell stories about music and musicians: So much is hidden, so much chaotic. The rock life is a road, not an arc, highlights but few resolutions. Fong-Torres knows that better than almost any writer alive. He weaves a tale of superbly gifted, sensitive people trying to make something good, enjoyable, and lasting... Willin' is one of the few books that makes a band's post-spotlight career as interesting as its salad days."

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Ben Fong-Torres is a journalist, author, and broadcaster, best known for his work in Rolling Stone and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of nine books and lives in San Francisco. BenFongTorres.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Brian Isaksen on 26 Jan. 2014
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LF was a band thats hard to compare to any other. The complex rythms! Sadly, the loss of Lowell George DOES bring a comparison into mind: The ressurected Band WITHOUT Robbie Robertson in the line-up.
Fong-Torres gives a fine back ground account to this unique band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doris H on 22 May 2014
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This is as close to an `official` biography of Little Feat as you`ll get and while I wasn`t looking for some kind of cheesy tell-all account, this lacks meat and tends toward bland, respectful, band-sanctioned accounts of their career. It must have ben a lot more exciting than this and the band`s own accounts in interviews and other written pieces suggest that it certainly was. It is nevertheless a well-written book for diehard fans from a respected critic. Just a tad dull and worthy.
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Ultimately disappointing.

For such an ample figure as LG this biography sadly offers only slim pickings. Having recently read excellent biographies of John Lee Hooker, Gene Clark and Howlin' Wolf this was a major let down. It reads like a series of articles from Q or Mojo, informative but at a somewhat superficial level, rather than an in depth narrative. In fact, there's not that much more in this book than in Brend's Rock and Roll Doctor, which itself was a somewhat slim coffee table type book. Missed opportunity but thank God I still have the music to console myself.
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