I Scare Myself

I Scare Myself This vivid memoir of a man described as one of America s greatest songwriters by Elvis Costello and a cat that was fly sly wily and dry by Tom Waits Dan Hicks had a front row seat to the birth and

  • Title: I Scare Myself
  • Author: Dan Hicks Kristine McKenna Tommy LiPuma
  • ISBN: 9781911036234
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • This vivid memoir of a man described as one of America s greatest songwriters by Elvis Costello, and a cat that was fly, sly, wily, and dry by Tom Waits Dan Hicks had a front row seat to the birth and death of counter culture San Francisco, 1966 it would affect both him and his music.I Scare Myself captures the highs and lows of a lifelong adventure in music YoThis vivid memoir of a man described as one of America s greatest songwriters by Elvis Costello, and a cat that was fly, sly, wily, and dry by Tom Waits Dan Hicks had a front row seat to the birth and death of counter culture San Francisco, 1966 it would affect both him and his music.I Scare Myself captures the highs and lows of a lifelong adventure in music You ll get to see Hicks memories of one of the changes the 60s brought, working with great musicians, plus, a foreward by Elivs Costello and afterword by producer Tommy LiPuma and annotations by his close friend Kristine McKenna I just started taking ingredients I liked and putting them together to see what came out, Hicks writes What came out was an amazing blend of complex time signatures, unusual instrumentation, and intricate vocal harmonies that took him to the top of the 70s rock world but also into a downward spiral of drink and drug abuse Hicks passed away in early 2016, but his music, and the stories he tells here, remain as fresh and irresistible as ever I Scare Myself takes readers on a journey behind the music, and into the life and mind of the fantastic artist who created it.

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    1. Like meeting one of your heroes and finding they’re a boring angry drunk. Not a very nice experience. There must be around forty albums of which I know every nuance of every note of every song and Dan Hicks made two of them:Striking it Rich!and Last Train to HicksvilleThis memoir is so beautifully produced with such bejewelled high quality paper and so many lovely pix, it’s clearly a labour of love for all who put it together after Dan’s death in February 2016. It should be great, full of [...]

    2. A wonderful book, and one I'll reread many times.(By the way, I think Dan's the best (songwriter, singer, humorist, personality), so I'm not objective.)Been a total fan after first hearing him in the early 70s, so I was fascinated to learn his personal story, problems, adventures, opinions, etc. It's told in his casual, heartfelt, funny style. The voice is authentic, REAL.And I'm right there with Clare: I marveled at his songwriting and performances, and think "How did this one human being creat [...]

    3. “Dan’s songs were funny, serious and entertaining. And the combination of old-time folk, country and jazz knocked me out.” — Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, back cover blurb. Dan Hicks described his music as “gypsy swing,” drawing on such eclectic influences as Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Joe Morello, Benny Goodman, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Sons of the Pioneers, as well as Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. Dan and his Hot Licks enjoyed five good years, from the late sixti [...]

    4. Dan Hicks was a somewhat peripheral figure in popular music scene of the late 1960s/early 1970s, at least partially by choice. He was a genuine oddball and true original. No one else was doing anything resembling the humorous update on Western swing he created as an he leader of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. He was finally getting national exposure via network television and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine following the release of his fourth (and probably best) album, Last Train [...]

    5. As a songwriter, I have heard of Hicks, but not sure I have ever heard his music. This was just okay, and probably most significantly--did not propel to me track down any of his music. Just wasn't much here, perhaps an "unauthorized biography" is needed for that. Lacking any detailed analysis of his lyrics or the origins of the songs, makes for a pretty weak book.

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