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    DescriptionHe was the nephew of Temptations singer Melvin Franklin; a boy who watched and listened, mesmerized from underneath cocktail tables at the shows of Etta James and Miles Davis. He was a vagrant hippie who wandered to Toronto, where he ended up playing with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and he became a household name in the 1980s with his hit song "Super Freak." Later in life, he was a bad boy who got caught up in drug smuggling and ended up in prison. But since his passing in August 2004, Rick James has remained a legendary icon whose name is nearly synonymous with funk music-and who popularized the genre, creating a lasting influence on pop artists from Prince to Jay-Z to Snoop Dogg, among countless others. In Glow, Rick James and acclaimed music biographer David Ritz collaborated to write a no-holds-barred memoir about the boy and the man who became a music superstar in America's disco age. It tells of James's upbringing and how his mother introduced him to musical geniuses of the time. And it reveals details on many universally revered artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself said, "My journey has taken me through hell and back. It's all in my music-the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions." But despite his bad boy behaviour, James was a tremendous talent and a unique, unforgettable human being. His "glow" was an overriding quality that one of his mentors saw in him-and one that will stay with this legendary figure who left an indelible mark on American popular music.

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    The Autobiography of Rick James
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rick James
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    ISBN 13: 9781476764146
    ISBN 10: 147676414X

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGFA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1A
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AVH
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: AVGP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15970
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET020
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFROAM, SEXL/MASC
    BISAC V2.8: BIO004000
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400, A08784000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO002000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
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    DC22: 781.644092
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    DC23: 782.42164092
    Thema V1.0: DNC, AVN, AVP, JBSL, DNBF1, AVLP
    LC classification: ML420.J233 A3 2014
    Illustrations note
    black & white plates, colour plates
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    Publication date
    17 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Rick James was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer, best known for popularizing funk music in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to million-selling hits.
    Review quote
    "This posthumous book written in James' voice is as close as we'll ever get to the real thing."--Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News