Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life
Already featuring in bestseller charts the Kindle version of this recent published book is now available both to purchase and preview
The release blurb follows below, and the Kindle preview after
The long-awaited, definitive biography of The King of Soul, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Redding's iconic performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
In Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, Jonathan Gould finally does justice to Redding’s incomparable musical artistry, drawing on exhaustive research, the cooperation of the Redding family, and previously unavailable sources of information to present the first comprehensive portrait of the singer’s background, his upbringing, and his professional career.
In chronicling the story of Redding’s life and music, Gould also presents a social history of the time and place from which they emerged. His book never lets us forget that the boundaries between black and white in popular music were becoming porous during the years when racial tensions were reaching a height throughout the United States. His indelible portrait of Redding and the mass acceptance of soul music in the 1960s is both a revealing look at a brilliant artist and a provocative exploration of the tangled history of race and music in America that resonates strongly with the present day.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 46694 KB
Print Length: 546 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307453944
Publisher: Crown Archetype (16 May 2017)
'Nuanced and well-researched.... [Otis Redding] belongs in the hands of anyone who cares about soul music in the sixties.'
'In his biography of Otis Redding, Jonathan Gould summons up the teeming cast of hustlers, visionaries, and eccentrics who fed Otis' supernatural talent. It's a thrill to see Redding brought back to life in all his raw, flashing glory!'
David Dalton, founding editor, Rolling Stone, and author of Who Is That Man?
'A music biography with the depth to do its subject justice. Otis Redding (1941-1967) ranks high in the pantheon of 1960s musical luminaries, so it's fitting that [Otis Redding] ranks equally high among such work focusing on popular musical artists.... Better late than never, the soul master receives his considerable due in this superbly researched and written biography'
Kirkus (starred review)