Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

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Da Capo Press, Oct 2, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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While Eric Burdon may be best remembered for his unforgettable vocals on the Animals' platinum hit, "House of the Rising Sun," this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has never stopped having adventures. Burdon was ripped off by unscrupulous agents, accountants, and record labels, hounded by the police, and framed for a crime he didn't commit. Yet through it all, he never became bitter. He was the first rocker to play behind the Iron Curtain. He sang with Jimi Hendrix, chased Jim Morrison out of his house with a .44, and introduced John Lee Hooker to the toughest venue Hooker ever played. Eric Burdon explains how he became the "Egg Man" in the Beatles' "I am the Walrus." With the enthusiasm and good humor of his live shows, Burdon recalls the tense reunion between John Lennon and Lennon's long-estranged father; racing motorcycles across the California desert with Steve McQueen; picketing the offices of MGM Records for nonpayment of royalties; performing in wartime Sarajevo with a symphony orchestra; getting run out of Meridian, Mississippi for promoting black music, and singing his heart out year after year. A complete discography and fifty photographs, many never before published, are included in this unforgettable memoir. "Burdon has lived like a real rocker." —The New York Times Book Review "Riveting and informative."—Los Angeles Times "These reminiscences will delight Burdon's fans ... in general."—Library Journal
 

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Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Memoir

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In his first autobiography, I Used To Be an Animal, but I'm All Right Now (1986. o.p.), Burdon recounted his youth and rowdy years as lead singer of British R&B-sters the Animals. Here, he presents ... Read full review

Contents

unethical treatment of animals
1
the fella in the dark glasses
30
animal planet
46
clear horizon
68
great escape
88
black n blue
97
soul possessions
121
lungs full of blues
150
fuck me i thought he was dead
207
into the holy badlands
220
ghosts on the coast
231
new Orleans
249
lost within the halls of fame
258
not one thin dime from the fat man
267
house of the rising sun
275
saying goodbye
285

gotta get out of this place
162
The Istanbul Express
171
hamburg
188
spanish retreat
194
eastern bloc party
295
epilogue
311
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