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Bobby Womack Midnight Mover by Bobby Womack, Robert Ashton

Bobby Womack Midnight Mover

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With 30 million records sales to his name, Bobby Womack stands shoulder to shoulder with Ray Charles, James Brown and Marvin Gaye as a true giant of Soul, R&B and Blues music. His life story is an incredible, colourful and moving piece of music history. Honest, insightful and unflinching, this is the authentic voice of a music legend.


Bobby Womack Midnight Mover by Bobby Womack, Robert Ashton

Bobby Womack is a true legend, a phenomenally gifted musician with 40 albums and 30 million record sales to his name. He wrote the classic tracks 'It's All Over Now' (a smash for the Rolling Stones), 'Across 110th Street', 'Lookin' For a Love' and 'Woman's Gotta Have It'. Their success helped him to escape the ghetto and become a star, but battles with the record industry and hard drugs almost wiped him out. Behind his beautiful music lies a life scorched by more than its fair share of tragedy. Having trod the harsh edge of the music business for decades, in Midnight Mover he tells his explosive story for the first time. From his poor childhood growing up in Cleveland and his early forays into music with his four brothers in the 1950s, Womack tells how he found success with his family gospel group The Valentinos. He describes his act being whipped into shape by James Brown, life on the 'chitlin' circuit' with Jimi Hendrix, being on the road with the likes of Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett and recording in the studio with Eric Clapton and Elvis Presley. But success came at a price. His personal life was never far from heartache and pain. Womack lost his friend and mentor Sam Cooke when the soul star was gunned down in a motel. He incurred the wrath of many when, at the age of just 21, he married Cooke's widow Barbara. His escape from the criticism was to turn to drugs and his friend Sly Stone, leading him to spend years as one of biggest party animals in Los Angeles. The years of riotous abuse took its toll on Womack and those closest to him, including Janis Joplin, who spent her last night drinking with the singer. His marriage to Barbara broke up, his brother Harry was brutally murdered and he tragically lost two sons. But Womack's talent, searing guitar and soulful voice always shone through. His stellar career has woven a colourful path through the history of Soul and provides a vital link between 1950s gospel and some of the greatest Rock and R&B music put to record. Now in his 60s, clean and back from the brink, Womack is cited as an influence by myriad musicians and remains the epitome of cool. Honest, insightful and unflinching, this is the authentic voice of the Midnight Mover, a hard-working legend of music whose every day has been lived to the full.

About the Author

Bobby Womack and his four brothers had a childhood band which became The Valentinos in the early 1960s, one of the most successful gospel groups of all time. As a solo act Womack went on to sell 30 million records, penned the classics Midnight Mover and Across 110th Street and worked with such all-time greats as Elvis Presley, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, and Sly Stone. Robert Ashton is the author of three books, The First Rock'n'Roll Bodyguard, Heroin, and Waking Up. He has also written for numerous magazines and newspapers including Elle, the Independent, the Guardian, GQ, and the Sunday Times.

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Book Info

Publication date

7th August 2014


Bobby Womack, Robert Ashton

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John Blake Publishing Ltd


228 pages


Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: arts & entertainment
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
Soul & R 'n' B



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