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."
About the Author
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