Rick James first signed with Motown Records with a band called the Mynah Birds where he played alongside Neil Young. Years later, he signed with Motown as a solo artist and released his debut album, Come Get It!, in 1978. As a producer and writer, he lent his talents to established acts like the Temptations, up-and-comers like Teena Marie and the Mary Jane Girls, and amateurs like comedian Eddie Murphy. He died in 2004.
Memoirs Of A Super Freakby Rick James
To fans of sassy and savvy urban music, the name Rick James will forever be associated with the mainstream emergence of funk—that bottom-heavy blend of rock and soul that sparked a multiracial musical revolution in the 1970s and 1980s and has since influenced everything from rap to raves, punk to progressive rock. Along with the fame, the Grammy Award, and
To fans of sassy and savvy urban music, the name Rick James will forever be associated with the mainstream emergence of funk—that bottom-heavy blend of rock and soul that sparked a multiracial musical revolution in the 1970s and 1980s and has since influenced everything from rap to raves, punk to progressive rock. Along with the fame, the Grammy Award, and superstardom came drug abuse and even felony convictions, all of which are chronicled in this gripping, posthumous tell-all of the funk revolution.
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There were some interesting things in this book, but a little over 1/2 way through and towards the end, it really started grating on my nerves because you pretty much could predict what was coming next, so it got pretty monotonous and boring. I have to give him props though where they are due, and that is with his music. He was an awesomely gifted song writer, arranger, producer and showman! Sad he let the "excess" take over and drag him down. Good though that he told his story and may be able to help someone else. Shame that he is not still around showing some of these untalented clowns how to funk it up to the max. He lived his life the way he wanted, and went out the way he expected. He surely did it his way.
I started reading this a few days ago and am loving it. I'm about 3/4 the way through it and am having a hard time putting it down. I'm pleasantly suprised. I didn't know much about Rick James and I had no idea how much he influenced music. He appears to be forthcoming with the good and the bad. I recommend it!
Love Love Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One hell'va story, Rick takes you into his Super Freaky world from the begining to the end. A who's who of stars make their way into this one.
This is a great read, I finished all 380 pages in 3 days. It was so interesting I found it hard to put down. This autobiography takes you deep into the world of Rick James.