The Cake and the Rain

  • Title: The Cake and the Rain
  • Author: Jimmy Webb
  • ISBN: 9781250058416
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Cake and the Rain 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 eve
    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 cJimmy 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, in his first memoir, Webb delivers a snapshot of his life from 1955 to 1970, from simple and sere 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 whose father climbed off a tractor to receive his epiphany, and 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 , and 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, 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 than a party and Webb the eternal guest of honor.

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    About Jimmy Webb


    1. JIMMY WEBB, America s Songwriter , is the author of the musician s bible , TUNESMITH INSIDE THE ART OF SONGWRITING Webb s songs with their complex chord structure have been recorded or performed by artists from Frank Sinatra to Carly Simon, to R.E.M He tours extensively performing his own works and stories in the United States and around the world He was the youngest man ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top fifty songwriters of all time A father of six and grandfather of one, Webb lives with his wife, Laura Savini, in New York.


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    1. You have no idea how much I wanted to love this book. Let's just say that Webb writes about himself with a pen filled with hubris. Man, what a jerk and an asshole. And he wrote this himself!!!!!????!!!!!!!!Just don't even think about it. It deserves the total lack of interest he generated in his bloviated personal albums. Sure, he is/was anyway one of the great songwriters and arrangers of his generation, and believe me he will tell you over and over ad nauseam.

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    2. Since so many of Webb's songs are compelling and even charming, I figured it would be hard to dislike him. That is, until I read this book. Mondo disappointment.Throughout, Webb comes off a petulant, perpetual juvenile; a sort-of "hip" uncle to today's entitlement-mentality Millennials. I was particularly discomfited by his blithe participation in all sorts of nefarious dealings, from repeatedly snaking married women from their husbands, to providing C-notes to Harry Nilsson and John Lennon, so [...]

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    3. The Cake and The RainA Memoir By Jimmy WebbI was more interested in the subject and the exciting career he must have had before I read this book. I guess I was hoping for more in-depth, human interest stories, or just a more personal feeling. He doesn't really come through with that. The book has a disjointed, hop back and forth through time, jauntiness about it. Chapters have dated subsections of a couple pages or so each. “1966” “1970”, etc. I think he would have been better off just g [...]

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    4. Jimmy Webb’s autobiography is a strange entity within itself. Using an unorthodox device where he jumps back and forth from his childhood to his present (being 1968), you have a disjointed book that doesn’t quite work. You also have a book that is dealing with someone’s who is still very much alive but his story ends in 1973 which I feel if he brought it up to today, you may have a better resolution and understanding of the man.The book seems to be read in one of two ways, you can read it [...]

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    5. Interesting but not that interesting.

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    6. I don't know whether it was the author or his editor who made this suggestion, but the decision to arrange this book according to an utterly fractured chronology seems to me like a colossal blunder. At first I was intrigued - usually in this kind of memoir I find myself anxious to get past the author's childhood to the part of the story where he or she begins to make their mark on the world. So to be able to fast forward almost right out of the gate to the best part of Webb's songwriting career [...]

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    7. I don't believe I have given a book one star. Usually I can give two stars for effort. Obviously someone took Jimmy's notes, transcribed them and tried to make a coherent autobiography/memoir. Failure. In an attempt to add texture to a visit to San Francisco to work with Art Garfunkel, we learn that the day was a "symphony of white clouds" and "the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Pacific Heights and Coit Tower loomed". Really? "loomed"? In Galveston to be Grand Marshall of a parade, we learn Galv [...]

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    8. I'm fascinated by the negative reviews of this book on . I think Jimmy Webb is incredibly self aware of the ridiculousness of his ego and attitude in his younger years. I found The Cake and the Rain to be a great read, full of pretty outrageous stories and chock full of appearances by musicians like John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Joni Mitchell, and others. This book details how much damage cocaine did to the musicians (and music?) of the 1970s about as well as any I have read. I enjoyed reading abo [...]

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    9. I respect Jimmy Webb's work enormously and hoped to like this book more than I did. It's a fairly decent memoir in places but overall it lacks much coherence, I think.The Cake And The Rain covers Webb's life from childhood in an agaraian environment with a pastor father who insisted on moving the family around very frequently, through his period of colossal wealth and fame to the point in 1973 where he took a drug overdose, almost died and lost the ability to create music for a time. To his cred [...]

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    10. Jimmy Webb is one of my favorite songwriters, unabashedly pop but with a sensitivity in his lyrics and sophistication in his melodies that places him head and shoulders above most of the rest. His best songs also demonstrate what a good storyteller he is, and that skill is on display here. The book is full of gossipy tales and celebrity anecdotes, all very well told, but the structure of the book, jumping back and forth between different periods of his life, seems designed to obscure the truth a [...]

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    11. I was sent The Cake and The Rain by Jimmy Webb by NetGalley to read and review.I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I do not often read autobiographies, I usually find them a bit dry and prefer to have a story to get engrossed in with a novel. However, this book is an exception as it had plenty to keep me wanting to read more.The Cake and The Rain is a memoir by songwriter and composer Jimmy Webb and I was initially drawn to the book by its title which refers to a line in the Iconic 1960s song MacArt [...]

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    12. One of your more creative music memoirs: it moves forward along two tracks, one starting with Webb's birth in 1946 and the other starting with his transition, from 1969 on, from songwriter to singer-songwriter. As Webb has a previous book devoted to the craft of songwriting, this book doesn't have a lot of nitty-gritty details along that line, but if you're looking for crazy stories about the life of a celebrity songwriter at the dawn of the Me Decade, The Cake and the Rain is for you. I reviewe [...]

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    13. When I first started reading Jimmy Webb’s memoir, I was so thrilled to have a copy of it. By the time I had reached page 50, I was so bored with it. While there are some sections on Mr. Webb’s childhood and teen years, which often seem to concentrate on being bullied or abused in some way or another, the book mostly focuses on his life in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and on the entire music scene of that time period. He had money to burn, cars, drugs, and girlfriends who were married to s [...]

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    14. To be honest, the reason I picked up this book is because of my love for Glen Campbell. Without the songs of Jimmy Webb, I don't believe Glen's fame and talent would have reached the heights it did. I was looking to learn more about their relationship, but unbelievably Glen is hardly even mentioned. What this reader learned was the huge train wreck Jimmy Webb's life was. I realize it was almost impossible to live through the 60s and 70s and not experience drugs, parties, and chaos. But usually t [...]

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    15. I was never overly fond of his music, but I thought I would read about his life as a composer. What a dissipated wastrel! Drugs, more drugs, even more drugs. The Cocaine '80's, drink drink drink, vomit, pass out, have famous friends doing vile things, affairs with married women. He buys a fancy muscle car, The Shelby, it costs a ton, he wrecks it doing something stupid, he gets it restored, he gets frustrated and has it destroyed again, more repairs. Lear Jets to go a hundred miles to make up wi [...]

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    16. I should have known that one of the greatest songwriters of all time would be able to tell a story, his story, without the use of music. He told the story of his life in a captivating manner and I felt like I was right there with him through all his ups and downs. I found the chronology of the book a little hard to follow at first, but once I got the hang of it I was all in. I've been a Jimmy Webb fan since I was a little kid listening to Glen Campbell and watching him play Jimmy's songs on the [...]

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    17. I wonder why I bother to read musician autobiographies. (Anka, Bacharach, Love, Wilson) proved to be so obnoxious that I left each book puzzled as to how such awful people could write such beautiful music. I was hoping that this would be better but in its defense it is trying to honestly portray how out of control his life was. That he does very well. Convincing me to care about him instead of having utter contempt is another issue, and one he fails miserably at. This is such a contemptuous ride [...]

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    18. There are several people in the pop pantheon for whom I can say I have held a life-long under-appreciation. Webb is among them, although his 'memoir' makes plain that he has not wanted for the accolades of the world. His is a remarkable story of the development of an unusual talent for blending musical traditions. There is much excitement in his early affiliations, but there are big, big parts left out, such as, how did the son of a Dust Bowl preacher: charm and good looks, to be sure, but it is [...]

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    19. For a major songwriter Jimmy Webb surprisingly comes across in his new memoir as someone who believes his gift has gone unappreciated by critics and some of his peers. And that’s a shame because Jimmy Webb wrote some of the best popular songs of his generation. (I would argue he wrote two of the best love songs ever in “Wichita Lineman” and “She Moves, Eyes Follow.”) Webb consistently found his songs successfully covered in the sixties and seventies by mainstream artists such as Glen C [...]

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    20. I was never enthralled with the types of songs Jimmy Webb wrote -- too middle of the road for my tastes at that time -- but I do respect his songwriting abilities. I bought this book thinking it would be a tale of his struggle for success, with perhaps some interesting insights along the way. Instead Mr. Webb comes across as a reformed drinker who revels in stories of his past debaucherous ways. I will say, too, that he doesn't present himself as likeable. A story about he and his friends travel [...]

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    21. I anxiously awaited this book. I'm a huge fan of Mr. Webb's music - have been from the beginning. From the other reviews I've read, people either adore this book or they don't - there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. Unfortunately, I was left scratching my head as to how someone who is so lyrical - a poet - in his songs could be so pedantic in his prose. The plot device of "the Devil" was confusing and completely unnecessary, and if there was a story here, flipping between years broke conti [...]

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    22. Someone who can write these beautiful lyrics, “Spring was never waiting for us girl, It ran one step ahead as we followed in the dance…” is a poet. Jimmy Webb is just that. He is a good writer but needed an editor to shape this book. A real shame. The lack of chronology has been mentioned by other readers, and it made me skip whole chunks. I wanted to continue reading what was in the last chapter, not to be thrown back in time. It can work on some books, but not in this one. Then there are [...]

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    23. Gave up on this one. I had really looked forward to it as I think Webb is such a brilliant song-writer and knew and worked with everybody. And he does, indeed, have many stories to tell. I can't quite put my finger on what I didn't like about the book but the closest I can get is the sense of long-simmering, low-level bitterness running through everything. Webb doesn't seem to have gotten over being lumped with the less-cool music of the time (e.g. The Carpenters) vs. John Lennon, Hendrix, etc. [...]

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    24. I do like one or two celebrity memoirs per year and this was a decent one. The fractured chronology made it a little tricky to read although it's fairly well written, if a little purple in places. His childhood was the most interesting bit - his parents were very young when they married and once his father found Jesus in a big way, moved the family from place to place as an itinerant preacher. With the amount of drug use, I'm surprised if Webb remembers anything from the festival at Monterey (hi [...]

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    25. This is a memoir of Jimmy Webb's early life in Oklahoma and his early years as a famous and rich songwriter in the late 1960's. It stops in 1972. He is still a working producer and songwriter today. His most famous songs then were MacArthur Park and By the Time I Get to Phoenix. For many years he wrote songs for Glen Campbell, and Richard Harris recorded a whole album of his songs.The years he describes in Hollywood were cocaine and alcohol filled, with fast cars, alot of money, women that he lo [...]

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    26. The unusual structure of the book, going back and forth from his childhood to the Sixities and Seventies didn't bother me as much as it did other readers. What surprised me was how desperate Webb was to be seen as hip, probably because of his music being thought of as too 'square' for the times. His habit of romancing other people's wives also didn't win any favors with me. The drug use is a sign of the times he's writing about, so it shouldn't be a surprise, althouhg its extent did surprise me [...]

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    27. Jimmy Webb: The Cake and the Rain by Jimmy Webb is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late August.More than just 'the guy who wrote Macarthur Park,' Webb is a creative guy with a lot of depth, plays well with others, and isn't afraid to admit his song-for-all-the-girls-I've-loved-before minstrel tendencies. My only wish(es) is that there would've been more of JLW's story beyond the late 1970s, more about Richard Harris (oof, such a hottie), and less about his awards & discography, in orde [...]

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    28. If ever there was a memoir I wanted to like, this is it. I've loved Jimmy Webb's work deeply for as much of my life as I can remember. I hoped--and expected--the book would offer insights into the extraordinary depth his work showed from such a young age. Maybe it does, but I'll never know. The book reads like an unedited first draft, the chronology jumping around, not from chapter to chapter, but from page to page, and not in an artistic or even comprehensible way. Just couldn't follow it, and [...]

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    29. As a child of the 60s and 70s, I have always enjoyed the songwriting expertise of Jimmy Webb. I guess I hoped the book would be more about that. Instead it was more of a story of the excesses of that time period in the music industry. I got confused with the 2 different time lines. And I still have no idea who the Devil was. I had no real problem with all of the name dropping. I guess I assume that is going to be part of an autobiography of a successful musician. And that is part of the allure o [...]

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    30. This memoir caught my attention because composer Jimmy Webb is the guy who wrote Glenn Campbell's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." And "Wichita Lineman." And "Galveston." Not to mention "MacArthur Park."This story of his youth and early years is crammed with stories about the people who sang his songs from Sinatra to The 5th Dimension.The title is a quote from W H Auden: "My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain."

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