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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.
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on 23 August 2008
COULDN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN,IS HOW I'D DESCRIBE IT.I'M SURPRISED RICK COULD REMEMBER ANY OF IT, AND IF THIS WAS WHAT HE'D REMEMBERED IMAGINE WHAT THE BITS HE'D MISSED WERE LIKE. HENDRIX EAT YOUR HEART OUT!
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on 3 August 2015
The super freak himself, great book that he started back in 93 covers everything including Prince the drugs and most of all the music. Great entertaining read form the late great I'm Rick James bitch.
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on 21 January 2014
Maybe I am bias, I have always enjoyed Rick James's music and it Raw element, his life is of social legend, including some Urban ones too. However what you learn via this book is not only a life of someone who never gave up, but against all the odds made a success of his life. Coming from not only poverty but extreme issues of persecution from neighbours who were members of the KKK to even when he became famous dealing with all the Mafia, Pimps, Pushers, hoes, BS of the music industry and everything else on top.

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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on 6 March 2014
amazing book . funny and hilarious. Enjoyed to read this story as well as see some pics. Top read to music lovers.
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on 14 August 2014
If you are a fan of the SuperFreak's music it is a must read, but not for the easily offended!
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on 4 October 2013
I was never a fan, as maybe a bit before my time. However, he has been in the media's attention recently. This short book is well worth consideration. He lived life to the full. 'Cocaine is a strong drug' epitomises his train of thought. Worth a read!
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