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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, come again, 30 Jan. 2014
This review is from: 'For Mother's Sake': The Memoirs & Recollections of Jimmy Carl Black 1938-2008 (Paperback)
Coming five years after his passing, the autobiography of the original Mothers Of Invention drummer reveals his Native American heritage (though posthumous research by the editors casts some doubts on the accuracy of this), disparages Frank Zappa’s abilities as a driver, and contemplates how ‘the Indian of the group’ managed to father five children – with all the in-home arguing and copious on-road extra-marital encounters – as he pursued a career in music.

The ‘memoirs’ part of the book comprises a chronological series of vignettes as relayed in the back of a tour bus as he gigged around Europe in the 1990s. Aside from playing in one of the best American rock bands of the late 1960s, Black also got to jam with Hendrix, Joplin and Stevie Ray Vaughan, appear in a film with Ringo Starr and Keith Moon (the flawed curio that isTony Palmer’s 200 Motels), paint houses with Arthur Brown, make donuts in exchange for weed, and play to his biggest audience ever at Knebworth as part of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band. These adventures are all relayed in Black’s own inimitable no-holds-barred way.

A musician for all of his adult life, his first love was R&B but he also tried his hand at black gospel, disco and jazz with a multitude of musicians across the U.S. and in Europe. But inevitably it’s his time with Zappa that makes up the bulk of this book, and his role in founding the Mothers should not be underestimated: it was for this reason that Steely Dan’s Walter Becker lobbied to get Black inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Despite the way in which the original Mothers were disbanded and their subsequent messy lawsuit, Black always retained a fondness for Zappa and tells of the tears he and his fellow Grandmothers shed mid-tour when they received news of his passing in December 1993.

Married three times, Black’s second wife died in 1995 after which the ‘recollections’ are skilfully stitched together from interviews, album sleeve notes and the autobiographical digest he wrote for his website. These are all Black’s words, and his story is one you’ll have a ball reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening., 30 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: 'For Mother's Sake': The Memoirs & Recollections of Jimmy Carl Black 1938-2008 (Paperback)
Really fascinating. His life was so different, exciting, surprising sometimes sad. Very different to how you imagine a rock stars life to be.
Definitely an interesting read, especially for fans of Zappa and co' s music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I love reading music biographies, 12 Nov. 2014
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Great book. I love reading music biographies, and this one is particularly cool as I'm a huge fan of the Mothers of Invention.
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