Out last month 'In The Midnight Hour The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett ' has been receiving good reviews from a variety of sources. It's written by Tony Fletcher, published by Oxford University Press and is now available via the usual supects via hardcover and kindle editions.
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In In the Midnight Hour, veteran music journalist and biographer Tony Fletcher not only tells the full story of Wilson Pickett's incredible career, and troubled life, but goes beyond the individual anecdotes to illustrate how Pickett's journey - geographic, musical, and cultural - was emblematic of both that of his generation of southern black men, and that of black American music in the second half of the twentieth century.
Fletcher's account of this fractious and extraordinary man is enthralling and rigorously researched ... captivating book. (Mark Ellen, The Sunday Times)
a captivating account of the wild, pugnacious and swaggering soul singer Wilson Pickett. (Must Reads, The Sunday Times)
Fletcher's analysis and descriptions of Pickett's music are enthralling ... he does what any good music biographer should, and sends the reader back to the records. (Monkey Picks)
About the Author
Tony Fletcher is the best-selling author of major biographies on Keith Moon, the Smiths, and R.E.M., as well as a memoir, a novel, and a history of the New York City music scene. Born in northern England, and raised in South London, where he started his own music magazine at the age of thirteen, he emigrated to New York City in the late 1980s. When not traveling with his family, he makes his home near Woodstock in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. (A contributor to Salon and the Wall Street Journal, his writing has also appeared in Mojo, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Spin, Newsday and countless other publications.)