The Cake and the Rain : A Memoir
by Jimmy Webb
Editor: St. Martin’s Press
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“Romanesque, perfectly traced and most probably the best of the autobiography pop-star yet written.”The Wall Street Journal Jimmy Webb’s words were sung to the sound of music by a rich and profound list of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer and Linda Ronstadt.He is the only artist in history to win a Grammy Award for music, lyrics, and orchestration, and his career has so far lasted fifty years, most recently with a Kanye West rap hit and a new nightly classic.Now, in his first memoir, Webb offers a glimpse of his life from 1955 to 1970, from simple and serene Oklahoma to quick and fantastic Los Angeles, from the crucible of his family to the head of his desire for profession.Webb was a preacher of the son whose father climbed on a tractor to get his epiphany, and Jimmy, barely out of his teens, sank into the driver’s seat of a speeding Cobra in Las Vegas to meet Elvis.Classics such as “Up, Up and Away”,”The Time I Get to Phoenix”,”Wichita Lineman,””Galveston”,”Le Pire qui Pourrait Arriver,””Tout ce que je sais” and “MacArthur Park” were recorded by some of the most important pop voices before Webb’s twenty-fifth birthday: he thought it was easy.The sixties were a supernova, and Webb was in their center, whipsawed of the humble proverbial humble beginnings in a wealthy and maniac international world of beautiful women, drugs, cars and planes.That stew almost took over on him–but Webb survived, his passion for music and work among his jokersLe Gâteau et La Pluie is a surprising and unusual book: Webb’s talent as a writer and storyteller is here on every page.His book is rich with a sense of time and place, and with the voices of characters, missing persons and life, the famous and not, but all intimately involved with him in his youth, when life seems to be nothing more than a part and Webb the eternal one.
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