The Cake And The Rain

Jimmy Webb

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Chris roberts

Now revered as one of the great song­writ­ers, the man be­hind MacArthur Park, Wi­chita Line­man and count­less oth­ers was, as he first soared, mocked as a main­stream “square”. A sen­si­tive type, he hated that, be­liev­ing his hal­lu­ci­na­tory lyrics were just as out-there as those of The Bea­tles or the Stones. Per­haps he over­com­pen­sated. Glen Camp­bell’s first words to him were: “Get a hair­cut.”

In this very colour­ful, can­did mem­oir, Webb re­veals that he re­ally was a rock’n’roll wild man. One night of drink, drugs and chaos with Harry Nils­son and John Len­non left him in a coma, af­ter which he had to re-learn the pi­ano all over again. Tales of ego­ma­nia, de­bauch­ery and a com­plex love life are matched by in­sights into his craft and the in­dus­try’s work­ings, and there’s some Olympic-stan­dard A-list name-drop­ping. Arch anec­dotes, beau­ti­ful prose. There won’t be a bet­ter mu­sic-re­lated book this year.

Ge­nius song­writer writes eye­brow-rais­ing mem­oir.

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