Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by Eric Burdon
A Memoir

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While Eric Burdon may be best remembered for his unforgettable vocals on the Animals’ platinum hit, “House of the Rising Sun,” this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has never stopped having adventures. Burdon was ripped off by unscrupulous agents, accountants, and record labels, hounded by the police, and framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Yet through it all, he never became bitter. He was the first rocker to play behind the Iron Curtain. He sang with Jimi Hendrix, chased Jim Morrison out of his house with a .44, and introduced John Lee Hooker to the toughest venue Hooker ever played. Eric Burdon explains how he became the “Egg Man” in the Beatles’ “I am the Walrus.” With the enthusiasm and good humor of his live shows, Burdon recalls the tense reunion between John Lennon and Lennon’s long-estranged father; racing motorcycles across the California desert with Steve McQueen; picketing the offices of MGM Records for nonpayment of royalties; performing in wartime Sarajevo with a symphony orchestra; getting run out of Meridian, Mississippi for promoting black music, and singing his heart out year after year. A complete discography and fifty photographs, many never before published, are included in this unforgettable memoir. “Burdon has lived like a real rocker.” —The New York Times Book Review “Riveting and informative.”—Los Angeles Times “These reminiscences will delight Burdon’s fans ... in general.”—Library Journal
 

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Jeff Craig is a corporate trainer, educational program developer, and communication consultant with more than twenty years experience. He has designed and led educational projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, NASA, the Idaho Department of Education, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Currently, he develops engineering and manufacturing training programs for an international Fortune 500 semiconductor company in Boise, Idaho and is preparing for an expatriate assignment in Japan.
 
Published October 26, 2001 by Thunder's Mouth Press. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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A compelling look back at the rock 'n' roll era, and a cautionary tale for today's pop-star wannabes.

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The forthright Burdon first notes that his youthful combo was “fucked from the get-go,” unprepared for the “vampires of the music business.” Still, his early years with the original Animals are recalled with a romantic shine.

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If Burdon's life story accurately reflects the life of your average rock 'n' roller during the last 40 years, then readers will quickly understand exactly why many a young boy has come to his ruin by that route.

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