9780253217042

Only the Strong Survive : Memoirs of a Soul Survivor

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253217042

  • ISBN10:

    0253217040

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-02-01
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Summary

Jerry Butler'sOnly the Strong Survive: Memoirs of a Soul Survivornot only presents an incisive portrait of a remarkable career, but an up close and personal look at the world of rhythm and blues from the perspective of an insider. Filled with intimate anecdotes about such R &B legends as Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Patti LaBelle, Sam Cook, and Dionne Warwick, Butler's compelling, sometimes hilarious, narrative is told against the backdrop of 1960s America. Only the Strong Survive, as told to Earl Smith, no doubt will be classified as autobiography. But it is more than that. It is history--to some, it's oral history for the way Butler unfolds his narrative. Drawing upon countless conversations and interviews with Butler and others, Smith chronicles the "Iceman's" journey from rural Mississippi to Chicago and the founding and eventual breakup of the legendary Impressions vocal group.Currently serving his fourth term as a commissioner on the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Butler also gives us a glimpse inside the world of Chicago politics. Butler shares stories about Harold Washington, Chicago's first African-American mayor, and others, including Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan.Only the Strong Surviveis a riveting, moving chronicle of one of America's music pioneers.

Author Biography

An award-winning performer, producer, and composer, and one of the architects of Rhythm-and-Blues, Jerry "The Iceman" Butler has enjoyed a musical career spanning more than 40 years that produced over 50 albums, numerous hit songs, and three Grammy Award nominations. Butler is now in his fifth term as a Cook County Commissioner in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Prologue xv
Part I. The Early Years
The Beginning
3(8)
Starting Over in Sweet Home Chicago
11(5)
Learning the Basics
16(8)
Reality Sets In
24(25)
Part II. The Vee Jay Years
What's in a Name?
49(21)
Coming Apart
70(5)
Picking Up the Pieces
75(9)
Learning Experiences
84(11)
Making My Mark
95(23)
A Little Help from My Friends
118(29)
Part III. The Mercury Years
The Producers
147(10)
``Kill or Be Killed''
157(6)
Changing the World with a Song
163(24)
Part IV. The Motown Years and Beyond
You've Got What It Takes
187(26)
Part V. The Political Years
Summing Up
213(21)
Epilogue 234(5)
Notes 239(6)
Bibliography 245(2)
Discography 247(8)
Index 255

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