Take Me to the River: An Autobiography

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With an extraordinary appeal that has continued unabated since the early 1970s, Al Green remains the quintessential soul man?one of the most enduring, electrifying, and enigmatic artists of our era. But at the very heart of his appeal is the conflict between the devil?s music and God?s calling, a conflict he has wrestled with all his life. This is his story.
 
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Overview

With an extraordinary appeal that has continued unabated since the early 1970s, Al Green remains the quintessential soul man—one of the most enduring, electrifying, and enigmatic artists of our era. But at the very heart of his appeal is the conflict between the devil’s music and God’s calling, a conflict he has wrestled with all his life. This is his story.
 
Take Me to the River is an inspiring, unsparing, and ultimately transforming autobiography. From a sharecropper’s shack in Jacknash, Arkansas, to the absolute pinnacle of show-business success, it chronicles Al Green’s career in rich detail. This is the whole story—his early days on the gospel and R&B circuits, his fateful encounter with legendary producer Willie Mitchell, his climb to the top of the charts, the attempted murder and suicide scandal that made headlines worldwide, and his decision to become a pastor and found his own church—the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
Take Me to the River brings Al Green’s epic spiritual struggle—a story of repentance, redemption, and renewal—to life with all the urgency and immediacy of his music.

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“Green's journey from Arkansas sharecropper to R & B star to preacher is as compelling as any great blues or gospel song . . . Green is frank in personalizing his theme of the struggle between religion and the temptations of fame and fortune. But he is most disarming in his joyous descriptions of the singing and music-making sessions with early groups and bands.” —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556528101
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 877,348
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Green is one of the most popular living gospel and soul music singers and the recipient of the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Davin Seay is the coauthor of Heart & Soul: A Celebration of Black Music Style in America; Tha Doggfather: The Times, Trials, and Hardcore Truths of Snoop Dogg; and With God on Our Side: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2000

    You won't put it down once you've picked it up!!

    I absolutley could not put it down until i finished the whole incredible thing. Being a die hard Al Green fan, this book only made me a bigger fan. His honesty and sincerity was so refreshing. I'd been sceptical of buying another autobiography after reading Aretha Franklins' disaster of a book. However, i was highly pleased with Al Green's story. This book could serve as a 'real life' lesson for American history. His story offers a first hand account of the Black American experience after the Great Deprression. From sharecropping to the great migration of Blacks from the south to the north, he's lived it all. Anyone aspiring to write their life story can benefit from this book. He tells just enough to keep you turning the pages, not bogging down with a lot of trivial ideas or heady musical facts or unimportant details. i feel like i've gotten to know a legend, who is acknowledges that he is only human. I recommend this book to anyone who loves music and loves to read. I definately plan to readthis one again!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

    A HIT!!

    I just finished the book and it was absolutely a hit! Wonderful, from the first page to the end; I was not able to put it down and finished in 24 hrs. A must read for anyone who has followed the artist's career. A great read - five stars!!

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