The Cake and the Rain: An Autobiography by Jimmy Webb

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 c...

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

The Cake and the Rain: An Autobiography Reviews

  • 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 childhood and teen years, which often seem to concentrate on being bullied or abused in some way or another, the book mostly focuses on his life in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and on the entire music scene of that time period. He had money to burn, cars, drugs, and girlfriends who were married to someo

    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 childhood and teen years, which often seem to concentrate on being bullied or abused in some way or another, the book mostly focuses on his life in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and on the entire music scene of that time period. He had money to burn, cars, drugs, and girlfriends who were married to someone else. If you like reading about that type of lifestyle, you may indeed enjoy this book. Keep in mind, though, that the drug-sex-music industry stories of that time period all seem to sound alike. Being a well-known, prolific songwriter doesn't make Jimmy Webb's memories seem any more special.

    He does talk a lot about his music, but not in a way that would do any good for aspiring songwriters looking for pointers or inspiration; or for someone wanting a deeper look at why Mr. Webb wrote certain songs. So, if you fall into those two categories, this memoir may disappoint you. (Try instead his book

    ). Those who are highly interested in reading about a lot of other famous singers, songwriters and musicians, though, should be happy. Included are Glen Campbell, Richard Harris, Joni Mitchell, the Fifth Dimension, Harry Nilsson, George Harrison, John Lennon, Johnny Rivers, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and many more. Most of his negative opinions about others are directed towards the non-artists in the music industry, as well as his friends and acquaintances.

    For me, sadly nothing in this memoir seemed that interesting, even though I’ve known the name Jimmy Webb since I was a child; and am a huge fan of many of his songs, plus countless other songs of the time period when he was most prolific. That’s often the way it is, however, with those in the music field--they are great to listen to and lousy to read about. Nevertheless, I’m sure everyone does not feel that way, and there is an anxious audience out there for this book. Included are 22 pictures; a list of Mr. Webb’s songs that made the Top 100 charts; a list of awards he has received; a “partial list” of artists who have recorded his songs; a “partial list” of artists who have recorded

    ; a list of all his songs and albums; and a list of songs about him.

    P.S. For a great album where Jimmy Webb talks about some of his songs and Glen Campbell sings them, listen to the album

    .

    (Note: I received a free ARC of this book from Amazon Vine.)

  • 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-songwriter. As Webb has a previous book devoted to the craft of songwriting, this book doesn't have a lot of nitty-gritty details along that line, but if you're looking for crazy stories about the life of a celebrity songwriter at the dawn of the Me Decade,

    is for you.

    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-songwriter. As Webb has a previous book devoted to the craft of songwriting, this book doesn't have a lot of nitty-gritty details along that line, but if you're looking for crazy stories about the life of a celebrity songwriter at the dawn of the Me Decade,

    is for you.

    .

  • 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!!!!!????!!!!!!!!

    Just don't even think about it. It deserves the total lack of interest he generated in his bloviated personal albums. Sure, he is/was anyway one of the great songwriters and arrangers of his generation, and believe me he will tell you over and over ad nauseam.

  • 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 the Rain to be a great read, full of pretty outrageous stories and chock full of appearances by musicians like John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Joni Mitchell, and others. This book details how much damage cocaine did to the musicians (and music?) of the 1970s about as well as any I have read. I enjoyed re

    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 the Rain to be a great read, full of pretty outrageous stories and chock full of appearances by musicians like John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Joni Mitchell, and others. This book details how much damage cocaine did to the musicians (and music?) of the 1970s about as well as any I have read. I enjoyed reading about a young man coming into his own and struggling with the demons that presented themselves to him along the way. Highly recommended read.

  • 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.

    At first I was intrigued - usually in this kind of memoir I find myself anxious to get past the author's childhood to the part of the story where he or she begins to make their mark on the world. So to be able to fast forward almost right out of the gate to the best part of Webb's songwriting career

    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.

    At first I was intrigued - usually in this kind of memoir I find myself anxious to get past the author's childhood to the part of the story where he or she begins to make their mark on the world. So to be able to fast forward almost right out of the gate to the best part of Webb's songwriting career was a delight.

    But within 50 pages I was lost, constantly toggling between different eras of Webb's career - first we're with him in high school, then suddenly he's already written the Glen Campbell songs, then we're back in his early 20s, then we're in his drug phase in the latter stages of his first fame, then we're back being introduced to his first girlfriend, and so on. I couldn't keep track of where I was, who the characters were, and with no continuity there was no real arc to follow. It's just a random series of anecdotes.

    What's more, Webb routinely refers to an evidently real-life character in his life whom he calls "The Devil". He never explains why the pseudonym, and I spent the first half of the book thinking he was speaking of his conscience or some imaginary friend. He's never identified, and to be honest I'm not sure why the character is even in the book. I guess he was a bad influence on the protagonist?

    And the list of writing credits at the end is ridiculous. Stuff he wrote? Yes, please. "List of Songs Which Mention Jimmy Webb"? COME now.

    To me this book is a shame, because the author is clearly (and obviously) a talented writer and he has an evocative, very readable style. But there's a reason why we start stories at the beginning, then get to the middle, and then to the end. I found the structure of this book maddening.

  • 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 time period in the music industry. I got confused with the 2 different time lines. And I still have no idea who the Devil was. I had no real problem with all of the name dropping. I guess I assume that is going to be part of an autobiography of a successful musician. And that is part of the allure o

    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 time period in the music industry. I got confused with the 2 different time lines. And I still have no idea who the Devil was. I had no real problem with all of the name dropping. I guess I assume that is going to be part of an autobiography of a successful musician. And that is part of the allure of reading this type of book. It was certainly an entertaining read.

Free Best Books is in no way intended to support illegal activity. We uses Search API to find the overview of books over the internet, but we don't host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them. Read our DMCA Policies and Disclaimer for more details.