Jack Bruce Composing Himself: The Authorized Biography

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When Cream broke up in 1968, many expected that Jack Bruce, not Eric Clapton, would be the one to enjoy continued commercial success. After all, Jack had the looks, and he co-wrote and sang all of the band's major hits, including 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and 'I Feel Free'. But Jack is a singular talent: he wanted to be a pioneer, not just a pop star, and has never been happy resting on his reputation.

In a career spanning five decades, Jack has gone from composing string quartets...

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Overview

When Cream broke up in 1968, many expected that Jack Bruce, not Eric Clapton, would be the one to enjoy continued commercial success. After all, Jack had the looks, and he co-wrote and sang all of the band's major hits, including 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and 'I Feel Free'. But Jack is a singular talent: he wanted to be a pioneer, not just a pop star, and has never been happy resting on his reputation.

In a career spanning five decades, Jack has gone from composing string quartets at 12 to playing on the London jazz and blues scene of the early 60s in his late teens; from global superstardom with Cream, one of the most influential rock bands of all time, through to ever-evolving musical adventures with the likes of John McLaughlin, Carla Bley, Bernie Worrell, and Mick Taylor.

In this definitive insider account, author Harry Shapiro paints a vivid picture of the life and career of a man who has never quite achieved the success and recognition he deserves, and who along the way has had to overcome drug addiction, family tragedy, financial wrangling, and a liver transplant. Drawing on dozens of hours of first-hand interviews with Jack himself - as well as friends, family members, band-mates, and collaborators - Jack Bruce Composing Himself is the sometimes funny, sometimes bleak, always honest story of a true original.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781906002268
  • Publisher: Outline Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 233,822
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Eric Clapton 17

Introduction 19

Chapter 1 A Man's A Man For A' That 28

Chapter 2 Morning Story 38

Chapter 3 12-bar In Beef 51

Chapter 4 Yak La Bruze 67

Chapter 5 Band Of Brothers 82

Chapter 6 Those Were The Days 101

Chapter 7 Beyond The White Room 116

Chapter 8 Once In A Lifetime 132

Chapter 9 Whatever Turns You On 152

Chapter 10 Into The Storm 167

Chapter 11 Songs With A Tailor 187

Chapter 12 Keep It Down 200

Chapter 13 New Beginnings 212

Chapter 14 A Question Of Time 241

Chapter 15 Shadows In The Air 259

Chapter 16 Reunion 273

Appendix I Bass-ic Instincts 282

Appendix II Discography 285

Appendix III Live Performances 1965-2009 296

Index 317

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