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The Cake and the Rain: An Autobiography
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The Cake and the Rain: An Autobiography

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Jimmy Webb’s words have been sung to his music by a rich and deep roster of pop artists, including Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Donna Summer and Linda Ronstadt. He’s the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, and his chart-topping career has, so far, lasted fifty years, most recently with a Kanye West rap hit and a new classical nocturne.

Now, in his first memoir, Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, from simple and sere Oklahoma to fast and fantastical Los Angeles, from the crucible of his family to the top of his longed-for profession.

Webb was a preacher’s son whose father climbed off a tractor to receive his epiphany, and Jimmy, barely out of his teen age years, sank down into the driver’s seat of a Cobra to speed to Las Vegas to meet with Elvis. Classics such as “Up, Up and Away”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman”, “Galveston”, “The Worst that Could Happen”, “All I Know”, and “MacArthur Park” were all recorded by some of the most important voices in pop before Webb’s twenty-fifth birthday: he thought it was easy.

The sixties were a supernova, and Webb was at their center, whipsawed from the proverbial humble beginnings into a moneyed and manic international world of beautiful women, drugs, cars and planes. That stew almost took him down—but Webb survived, his passion for music and work among his lifelines.

The Cake and The Rain 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, vanished and living, famous and not, but all intimately involved with him in his youth, when life seemed nothing more than a party and Webb the eternal guest of honor.

Title:The Cake and the Rain: An Autobiography
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1250058414
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages
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    The Cake and the Rain: An Autobiography Reviews

  • Jay Gabler
    Apr 16, 2017

    One of your more creative music memoirs: it moves forward along two tracks, one starting with Webb's birth in 1946 and the other starting with his transition, from 1969 on, from songwriter to singer-s...

  • Steve Kreidler
    Apr 26, 2017

    You have no idea how much I wanted to love this book. Let's just say that Webb writes about himself with a pen filled with hubris. Man, what a jerk and an asshole. And he wrote this himself!!!!!????!!...

  • John
    May 19, 2017

    I don't know whether it was the author or his editor who made this suggestion, but the decision to arrange this book according to an utterly fractured chronology seems to me like a colossal blunder. A...

  • SundayAtDusk
    Mar 09, 2017

    When I first started reading Jimmy Webb’s memoir, I was so thrilled to have a copy of it. By the time I had reached page 50, I was so bored with it. While there are some sections on Mr. Webb’s chi...

  • Brad
    May 17, 2017

    I'm fascinated by the negative reviews of this book on Goodreads. I think Jimmy Webb is incredibly self aware of the ridiculousness of his ego and attitude in his younger years. I found The Cake and t...

  • Deshay
    May 22, 2017

    As a child of the 60s and 70s, I have always enjoyed the songwriting expertise of Jimmy Webb. I guess I hoped the book would be more about that. Instead it was more of a story of the excesses of that ...

  • Susan
    May 18, 2017

    Very interesting. Webb knew or worked with almost everybody who was anybody in the late 60's or early 70's (this book ends in 1973). He doesn't just talk about himself, but also tells stories of his f...

  • Eric Baum
    May 08, 2017

    Add me to the "wanted to love it, but..." crowd. There are tantalizing hints at a musician's craft, but mostly it devolves into a celebration of the worst excesses of the time. Oddly, I'm interested i...

  • Michael Ritchie
    Apr 27, 2017

    A huge disappointment. I'm a fan of Webb's 60s music: "MacArthur Park," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," his work on the first two 5th Dimension albums, and based on the title of this memoir, images fr...

  • Mary
    May 02, 2017

    Ok, I have a contact high from reading about all the drugs and alcohol abuse inherent in the music business. This book should come with a CD soundtrack. Webb has been prolific. He is generous with pra...