Only the Strong Survive: Memoirs of a Soul Survivor

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