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OTIS, Johnny.

Listen to the Lambs.

New York, : 1968 Stock Code: 41016
£650.00
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First Edition. "What it's like - a Negro in the land of Mister Charlie - jazz, hate, "Negritude", the meagre hope for the future, the holocaust of the riots - by one who has lived it, and wants the white world to know." A cult classic American popular music autobiography, wherein Otis relates his integration as a Greek-American musician into the Watts Negro community of the 1930's and 40's, as well as his adventurous life beyond that time. Otis was one of the most successful bandleaders of his era, a rhythm and blues pianist, vibraphonist, drummer, singer, bandleader, and impresario, who wrote and popularized "Harlem Nocturne," then went on to discover The Coasters, Etta James, Big Jay MacNeely, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard, and Little Willie John. In the 1950's, he wrote "Willie and the Hand Jive" and "Every Beat of My Heart." His son is the multi-talented Shuggie Otis, a cult figure in American soul and pop music, who is best known for writing the 1970's hit, "Strawberry Letter 23." Otis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. A rare book, chronicling an extraordinary life in jazz, blues and rhythm and blues. An excellent copy of an extremely scarce title.

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Description

Octavo. Original quarter sand cloth on black textured paper boards in dust jacket.

Condition

Small bump at the tail of the spine, dust jacket clipped and a little crumpled head and tail of the spine, but otherwise a very good copy.

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