Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sam Cooke: Mean Old World [1963]

"At the heart of the story is a man who, while creating some of the most memorable pop songs of a generation, in addition to a universally recognized civil rights anthem, was himself as complex, uncategorizable, and sometimes unreadable as his work was transparent. Exploring this hidden side of Sam Cooke was as much of a challenge, and as rewarding in its own way, as seeking out some of the vanished touchstones of a world all but lost to mainstream history."

- Peter Guralnick, author of Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke

Author interview here.


Emmett said...

Nice! Happy 2K8, Big B. You're reading a Sam Cooke bio?

ib said...

Hey Big B. HNY! liking the pic as much as the song itself.

Erik Greene said...

Sam wasn't as "uncategorizable" and "unreadable" as Peter Guralnick states--not if the right people are asking the right questions of the right people.

Erik Greene
Author, "Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective"

Big B said...

erik thanks for the link! will have to check out your work. ib, cheers for the shout out...and emmett, is it true, it's the "year of winging it"?