Jack Bruce: Composing Himself : the Authorised Biography

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Jawbone Publishing Corp., 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 319 pages
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"When Cream broke up in 1968 it was by no means a foregone conclusion that it would be Eric Clapton who would enjoy continued commercial success. After all, it was Jack Bruce who had the looks, and who co-wrote and sang all the band's major hits, including 'Sunshine Of Your Love', 'I Feel Free' and 'White Room'. But he was a singular talent who wanted to be a pioneer, not just a pop star, and he was never happy resting on his reputation." "Bruce's formative years set the tone for a musical journey that has twisted and turned through the decades, moving through and combining many genres and styles. His background is in classical music and jazz; at 10 he was winning classical song contests, at 12 composing string quartets and improvising on piano. Then he fell in love with Thelonious Monk and Charlie Mingus and left home at 18 to find his fortune as a jazz bass player. He found his way into the London blues scene and played with luminaries such as John Mayall and Graham Bond before --
  

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Review: Jack Bruce Composing Himself: The Authorised Biography

User Review  - Paul Lyons - Goodreads

Dull, academic look at the life of the great Cream bassist. Shapiro's thoroughness is sadly not matched by an engaging prose, leaving the reader suffering through page after page of facts and figures, yet no heart. Read full review

Review: Jack Bruce Composing Himself

User Review  - Francis - Goodreads

I've long since loved Glasgow born Jack Bruce's music, most especially his musical contribution to 60's rock supergroup 'Cream' and it was my love of this music that made me buy this book on impulse ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Harry Shapiro is the author of the definitive biographies Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy and Slowhand: The Story of Eric Clapton, as well as several other books. He lives in the UK.

ERIC CLAPTON is married to Melia McEnery and is the father of four daughters. He lives outside London.

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