The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb. First edition (2017). First impression. Medium format hardback in new condition. Flat signed by Jimmy Webb to title page. No markings. This is a brand new book. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
Description of The Cake and the Rain
So, in his first memoir, Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970. From simple and serene 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. His father climbed off a tractor to receive his epiphany. Whereas 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”, “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, then 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.
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