Only the Strong Survive: Memoirs of a Soul Survivor

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Indiana University Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages

"... Butler's recollections of the racially segregated 'chitlin circuit,' the early days of the civil rights movement and fellow performers like Dinah Washington, Little Willie John and Dionne Warwick are fascinating and insightful.... Only the Strong Survive makes one wish it came with a soundtrack." —The New York Times Book Review

"[Only the Strong Survive] presents a portrait of a remarkable performer, as well as an up-close and personal look at the world of rhythm and blues from the perspective of an insider.... A moving chronicle of one of America's music pioneers." —Chicago Tribune

"More than an autobiography, Only the Strong Survive is also a glimpse at the political and social climate of the times which shaped the life of one man." —Ebony

 

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dear mr butler i relly like your song love it not like!i have class four cancer metastic that has gone to my brain im on a brain study at the dana farber clinic in Boston but i always listen to your song only ythe strong survive!!! So true im being trong i listen all the time thank you Ellie Elias 

Contents

The Beginning
3
Starting Over in Sweet Home Chicago
11
Learning the Basics
16
Reality Sets In
24
Whats in a Name?
49
Coming Apart
70
Picking Up the Pieces
75
Learning Experiences
84
Kill or Be Killed
157
Changing the World with a Song
163
Youve Got What It Takes
187
Summing Up
213
Epilogue
234
Notes
239
Bibliography
245
Discography
247

Making My Mark
95
A Little Help from My Friends
118
The Producers
147

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About the author (2004)

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.

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