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The Confessions of Rick James: "Memoirs of a Super Freak" Paperback – 20 Apr 2007
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The most tantalising thing about this book is the sheer amount of brilliant artists he has run into along the course of his life. As well as producing and performing with these stars he counts among his friends. He exposes the highs and lows of the whole musical vibe of the time from running off to escape 'Nam or having numerous run-ins with the Motown label, with some very interesting insight into the life of a black family in the Buffalo Projects. The broadness of what he did in his life is simply captivating.
The editing of the book lets it down in parts, however in some way it makes it feel raw and uncut. Rick James himself uses a lot of colloquialisms in his writing, making it feel as though it's pure, untouched, Rick.
You'll grow more fond of all his albums after knowing where they came from. A must for any fan of Rick James.
His life was a roller-coaster which he tried to get out of many times, not just quitting drugs, music but also via suicide routes too, and in the end it got the best of him by living in the fast lane too long. Within this you learn the great artistry, wonderful personality of a man not everyone remembers at one time had one of the biggest selling Black music albums ever, and considered a tour de force in touring and showmanship even teaching the Purple One a few things.
If you are into music from the 70/80's and want to learn some music history and the highs and lows of pop superstardom this is a great read.
Highly recommended, and to quote Rick 'Cocaine is a helleva drug' and he did alot of it.
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