Have Mercy!: Confessions of the Original Rock 'n' Roll Animal

Wolfman Jack, Author, Wolfman Jack, Author, Byron Laursen, With
Wolfman Jack, Author, Wolfman Jack, Author, Byron Laursen, With Warner Books $21.95 (362p) ISBN 978-0-446-51742-3
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999
Release date: 03/01/1999
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Host of America's first syndicated rock-and-roll radio program and the inspiration for George Lucas's American Graffiti, Bob Smith, aka Wolfman Jack, is one of radio's legendary figures, and this autobiography reveals that his life has been as colorful as his broadcasts. Wolfman recounts his childhood passion for the black music ignored by mainstream radio in the 1950s, his lowly beginnings as an ad rep for a small station in Norfolk, Va., and the wild story of his career as a radio DJ near the Mexican border--a career initiated by a wild west-style shootout with one station's owners. Writing with Laursen (Show Time), Wolfman dishes out his take on the politics of the music industry, the many music-biz celebrities he's known and what it's like to live a rock-and-roll lifestyle. His fast-paced story is peppered with generous tributes to the musicians--Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley and a slew of others--who ``supplied the original heart of rock 'n' roll.'' Rock music fans will find inspiration in these memoirs of a man whose finger has been on the pulse of American rock for decades. Photos. Author tour. (June)
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