Memoirs Of A Super Freak

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979097638
  • Publisher: Amber Communications Group, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/20/2007
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 130,155
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents


Dedication     v
Acknowledgment     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction. Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll     1
The Beginning     7
A Child's Heart     9
Welcome to the White World     13
Love Thy Neighbor     15
Time for Some Respect     17
Sports, Gangs     19
Oh Happy Day!     23
Failures Make You Stronger     25
Victory     27
The Change     29
Time to Move on     31
Black and Proud     33
One Bad Habit     37
Funk Uncle Sam     39
Oh, Canada     43
Whole New World     49
The Mynah Bird Days     51
Starting Over     55
Motown, Here we Come     59
I Surrender     61
The Escape     65
California Bound     69
Acid Time     73
Busted     77
After The Fall     81
Going Back to Cali     85
C.S.N.Y.     89
On My Own     93
The New Salt 'n Pepper     97
Papa Rick     101
My First Big Band     105
The Drug Smuggler     107
My Own Record Label     119
My First Single     125
Creating An Image     129
"You and I"-the First Hit     131
The Stone City Band     133
Double Platinum     149
Teena Maria     153
The Magical Funk Tour     159
Me and Prince     165
King of Funk     169
Super Freak     173
Beginning a New Era     189
Throwin' Down     199
Germany     207
MTV and Me     213
A Family Affair     217
Process and the Doo Rags     223
Cold Blooded     227
Reflections     249
Eddie and Me     255
Straight and Sober     263
The End of Motown     275
The Lawsuit Years     283
Love Thy Brother     299
Me and Norma Jean     303
Warner Bros. Records     313
Born Again     317
The Devil Rides Again     323
Witches' Brew     329
Folsom Prison Blues     343
Urban Rhapsody      365
The Next Beginning     367
Epilogue     375
Discography     389
Index     397
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    There were some interesting things in this book, but a little ov

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    I am loving this book!

    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!

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    This book is AWESOME!!!!! This book is a Great Read!!!!!!!!! Very interesting!!!!!!! I like Rick James and his music but since I read this book I Love Rick James and his music. Very interesting memoir from start to finish. Always and still a fan!

    Love Love Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    KING OF FUNK

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2007

    Great read

    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.

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