Take Me to the River

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Canongate Books, Oct 1, 2001 - Soul musicians - 352 pages
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Born of humble origins in Arkansas in 1946, Al Green was to emerge as the first great soul singer of the 1970s and arguably the last great Southern singer, issuing records that were to influence not only his contemporaries, but veterans like Marvin Gaye. Take Me to the River is not an easy story. This is an honest life, told openly and with a frankness seldom seen in books of this ilk. However, while there are undoubted moments of tragedy, Green demonstrates reasons for resistance, joy, and, ultimately, celebration. With the assistance of renowned music writer Davin Seay, Take Me to the River relates the turbulent, fascinating and inspirational life of one of the real stars of twentieth-century music.

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In this autobiographical work, Green hardly deals with his famed encounters with women. Rather, he details how a kid from the farmlands of Jacknash, AR, developed one of the first voices in a new ... Read full review


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Born in Arkansas, 1946, Al Green hit the pinnacle of his soul career between 1972-73 when he scored six consecutive Top 10 singles, including his first number one 'Let's Stay Together'. Though still making music, primarily Gospel, the now Reverend Al Green follows a life in the Church. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

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