Get Lit: Jack Bruce: Composing Himself - The Authorized Biography By Harry Shapiro; Interview With The Author

To the casual classic rock fan, Jack Bruce is the guy in Cream who's not the crazy drummer and not Eric Clapton. But the deeper-track seeker holds the singer/bassist/composer in much higher regard. Mainly for his 45-plus year career careening wildly through many different genres of music - and many positions within a band.

In this new book, English music journalist Harry Shapiro (Waiting for the Man: The Story of Drugs and Popular Music; Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy) stakes the claim that the life and career of Jack Bruce are far more fascinating than just being 'the guy who sings on "Sunshine of Your Love.'" And it doesn't take many pages to convince the reader of that.

Rocks Off shot an e-mail across the pond to Shapiro, and here's what came back.

Rocks Off: Why did you do this book as an authorized biography rather than an "as told to" autobiography? And what was Jack's direct involvement other than sitting for interviews?

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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