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The Brothers

Authors: Art, Aaron, Charles, and Cyril Neville
and David Ritz
Publication Date: September 19, 2000
Price: $24.95
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0-316-73009-2

"What a book! The Neville Brothers tell their personal stories - and the story of New Orleans blues, funk, and jazz - with amazing candor and burning passion. THE BROTHERS (available in hardback and paperback) is an American classic, warm and funny and loaded with living history. Four fascinating tales, one great musical family. I loved it." (B. B. King)

"The fates of the Neville Brothers have been - and always will be - intricately linked. As a band, their collective identity is far greater than the sum of its parts. The same is true of their individual life stories: taken together, the result is a full-blown epic whose soundtrack reflects much of the history of American popular music in the second half of the twentieth century." (from the introduction to THE BROTHERS)

Born to a music-loving family, the critically acclaimed Neville Brothers grew up immersed in the sounds and culture of New Orleans. From sophisticated jazz to nascent R&B to raw funk, New Orleans's blended rhythms are reflected in the startlingly wide range of the Neville's musical styles. The result, like their native city, is a rich gumbo of flavors that constitute a miraculous and improbable unit: Art, with his keyboard wizardry; Aaron, whose angelic voice mirrors his deep religious sentiments; Charles, a spiritual seeker and jazz devotee; and Cyril, whose passion for deep soul music matches the intensity of his politics. Although each brother contributes a different sensibility to their collective sound, they have remained true to the musical roots that nurtured them.

In THE BROTHERS (Little, Brown and Company; September 19, 2000), each Neville, with unflinching candor, takes a turn telling his remarkable story: the early hits, the domestic dramas, the problems with drugs and the law, and the circuitous routes to success. Along the way, the brothers tell the story of New Orleans culture as well as the birth of rhythm and blues, the folklore behind the fabulous Mardi Gras Indians, the painful racial climate in which they came of age, and the family love whose legacy is now a permanent part of our musical history.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Art, Aaron, Charles, and Cyril Neville have been performing and recording for nearly five decades. Since 1978, they have recorded fourteen albums together, including the Grammy-winning Yellow Moon and Fiyo on the Bayou. They all live in New Orleans.

David Ritz is a three-time winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and cowrote the lyrics for "Sexual Healing" as well as biographies of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Jerry Wexler, and B. B. King. He lives in Los Angeles.

Editorial Reviews:

Publisher's Weekly
"... captures the fascinating lives of crucial players in the New Orleans tradition with candor and style ..."

"The intimate first-person narrative by each brother will make readers feel as if they're seated at a small table hearing each passionate morsel ..."

Kirkus Reviews
"... the four are clearly aware of their key roles in having introduced zydeco, New Orleans soul, and other regional forms of music to an international audience, but they are generous in showering praise on fellow musicians with whom they've shared stages-among them Dr. John, Ray Charles, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Linda Ronstadt. Loyal fans of the Neville Brothers will likely enjoy this book ..."

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