98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music

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Chicago Review Press, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man’s journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers—Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax—in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo’s signature style that helped define Brown’s brand of funk, and the phrase “Maceo, I want you to blow!” became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author—one of the funkiest musicians alive—and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike.

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98% FUNKY STUFF: My Life in Music

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A breezy, anecdotal memoir by the funky saxophonist who reveals himself to be an uncommonly decent man.Though fans of James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic know Parker as one of the finest ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Maceo Parker is arguably the world’s most famous living saxophone player. Not only has he contributed to the success of some of the world’s most influential musicians—James Brown, George Clinton, Prince—but he has also enjoyed a blistering solo career for more than twenty-two years. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, the Dave Matthews Band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others.

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