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


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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages
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    The Cake and the Rain: An Autobiography Reviews

  • Steve Carter
    Jun 10, 2017

    The Cake and The RainA Memoir By Jimmy WebbI was more interested in the subject and the exciting career he must have had before I read this book. I guess I was hoping for more in-depth, human interest...

  • 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!!!!!????!!...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Al
    Jun 12, 2017

    For a major songwriter Jimmy Webb surprisingly comes across in his new memoir as someone who believes his gift has gone unappreciated by critics and some of his peers. And that’s a shame because Jim...

  • Bonita Braun
    Jul 14, 2017

    I don't believe I have given a book one star. Usually I can give two stars for effort. Obviously someone took Jimmy's notes, transcribed them and tried to make a coherent autobiography/memoir. Failure...

  • Michelle Babicz
    Jul 18, 2017

    Since so many of Webb's songs are compelling and even charming, I figured it would be hard to dislike him. That is, until I read this book. Mondo disappointment.Throughout, Webb comes off a petulant, ...

  • Yvonne
    Jul 14, 2017

    Someone who can write these beautiful lyrics, “Spring was never waiting for us girl, It ran one step ahead as we followed in the dance…” is a poet. Jimmy Webb is just that. He is a good writer b...

  • 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...