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An excellent insight
on 30 March 2011
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in Rick James.
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.