The biography of legendary musician, composer, and performer Leon Russell, a profound influence on countless artists, including George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, and the world of music as a whole.
Bill Janovitz gets right down to business ... To say Bill Janovitz is ideally equipped to write this book is an understatement ... If there’s any fault in his method here, it’s that he paraphrases too little. This biography benefits from many interviews with those in Russell’s circles, though some were clearly better at making music than at dishing out crisp sound bites; more than one first-hand account goes on too long without saying a lot.
The most ambitious effort yet to peel back the curtain on one of the most gifted, least understood rock artists of the 20th century ... Tidbits make for some drama, though perhaps not enough to fill out 600 pages ... Quotes, musings and reminiscences abound, leaving the impression that Leon Russell might have worked better as a straight oral biography.