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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 classical nocturne.
Now Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, 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 among his lifelines.
Webb’s talent as a writer and storyteller is here on every page. The Cake and the Rain is rich with a sense of time and place, and with the voices of characters, vanished and living, famous and not, when life seemed nothing more than a party.
"The Cake and the Rain is novelistic, perfectly plotted and quite possibly the best pop-star autobiography yet written." - The Wall Street Journal
"I am devouring Jimmy Webb’s autobiography right now. The Cake and the Rain takes me inside the life of the extraordinary, gifted friend of mine." - Art Garfunkel
“During the late Sixties and early Seventies, Jimmy Webb was arguably the most successful mainstream songwriter alive...At the heart [of The Cake and The Rain] is his struggle to carve out his own identity as he lived a double life as a Middle American fixture with countercultural artistic ambitions.” —Rolling Stone
“For those who want a good—and at times incredible—story of muses, merriment, melancholy, melodrama, along with touches of ordinary life and multiple near-death experiences, this is your book … Fans who have attended his concerts through the years know full well that Jimmy Webb always has some fascinating tales that stand on their own, without the aid of some of the greatest melodies the human ear has been fortunate to catch. Here he gets to fill in the details of interactions with Elvis, Sinatra, the Beatles (and their individual members), Joni Mitchell, Richard Harris, a totally out-of-control Harry Nilsson, and even the Devil himself” —Elmore Magazine
“Amazing! One of the best music memoirs I’ve ever read - I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.” - Will Friedwald, author of Sintra! The Song is You
“The Cake and the Rain has an almost cinematic quality, thanks to Webb’s evocative writing, and the book’s structure, which juxtaposes tales of Webb’s adventures in the music business with stories of his family.”- James Watts, Jr., Tulsa World
“Part memoir, part confessional, part musical history, and part cultural studies, The Cake and the Rainchronicles Webb’s fantastical (and at times tortuous) path through the music world of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It’s a must-read for music lovers everywhere.” - Mark Mussari
“Webb writes in a comfortable, conversational way, as though he’s telling a few close friends some stories from his fascinating life, and the book makes a great way for a music fan to pass a few hours.” —Booklist
“An insider’s view of the star-maker machinery and a treat for Webb’s many fans.” —Kirkus