on 17 February 2010
The first thing to be said about this overdue biography of one of the most musical people to work in the field of rock is that it is a thorough account of his career. The bands, their records (and the commercial impact) are well covered and there is a very good appendix detailing the many sessions that George played on. From memory it would appear to be a dependable account. So if you are only interested in the work, particularly with Little Feat, this slim volume will not disappoint.
I'm sure that many people who warmed to the humour in Lowell George's writing, and indeed in his slide guitar playing, would have liked to learn a little more about what sort of man he really was, however. There always seemed to be more to George than the well documented gargantuan rock `n' roll appetites that cut his life so short. Was there? Rock and Roll Doctor doesn't really say.
Although biographies of the self destructive tend to leave one liking the subject less and less as the narrative unfolds (the gruesome account of John Martyn's disintegration, "Some People Are Crazy" springs to mind) fans of George will probably feel that that price would have been worth paying for a bit more insight into the man. Maybe next time?
on 1 August 2012
written by a true fan,this is a really good read for all fans of lowell george/little feat.it is of particular interest to those fans who,like myself,loved the stuff put out by the six-piece incarnation of little feat.all credit to the author,he never puts down the achievements of the other band members who have sometimes been unfairly blamed for changing the bands direction.(they were always into everything).also of interest is the section on lowell georges session work which was quite prolific.
on 16 January 2010
An excellent warts-and -all biography of my all-time musical hero.This book has filled in much of the background to Lowell's life and times - I hate to use the hackneyed phrase"flawed genius" but I'm going to anyway, simply because that is what the man was.
His flaw was that Lowell wanted to share the musical load with his collaborators,( be they fellow Feat or people he was producing), yet maintain overall control. Problem was, his talents were greater, and that comes across in the music - he was the best slide player,(oh what a slide player!),singer, songwriter and producer amongst some pretty fair competition.This gave him a lot of work to do,either overdubbing or mixing far into the night(s),fuelled by high-octane Ovaltine.
A detailed discography,along with record production duties, make this book an indispensible tool for Lowell Goerge fans, Little Feat fans as well as anyone interested in the better music of the late 60s and 70s.
As a lover of Lowell George trivia, I was pleased to have the F-Troop matter cleared up, and whilst on the subject of trivia, wonder if the Sidney George who played flute and alto on Steve Stills' "Cherokee"was in fact our hero?
It's such a pity that his talents led, via a massive workload and hedonistic lifestyle, to his untimely death and it must be scant consolation to his friends and family that he left us with such a trove of witty,funky music.
My only regret is that I didn't buy the book sooner - well,two regrets actually - I never got to meet the guy!(and no, I wasn't at the Rainbow!)Buying and reading this book lessens the regrets though.