A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel

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Macmillan, 16 sie 2016 - 288

In June 1980, 19-year-old James McDonnell (known as Slim Jim Phantom) boarded a plane from New York City to London with his childhood friends and bandmates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker. In less than a year, they went from being homeless, hungry, and living in punk rock squats to the toast of the London music scene.

The Stray Cats developed a signature sound and style that swept across the world, released multiplatinum albums, and were embraced and befriended by classic rock acts like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, as well as original punk heroes such as the Sex Pistols, the Damned, and the Clash, and rock-and-roll originators Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. After ten years of marriage to actress Britt Ekland, Slim Jim moved down the hill to Sunset Strip, where his son was raised and he owned the world-famous rock-and-roll bar Cat Club while continuing to play with a host of well-known musicians.

Slim Jim, a veteran of the London and LA music scenes, recounts in his memoir not just the Stray Cats' rise but a different type of life spent in the upper echelon of rock-and-roll stardom.


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In the first memoir by one of the Stray Cats—the neorockabilly band that strutted to worldwide fame in the early 1980s—stand-up drummer Phantom (born James McDonnell in Massapequa, NY) shares both ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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I won an ARC of this book in a goodreads drawing. It's a fun but shallow autobiography of the drummer of the 1980's neo-rockabilly band, The Stray Cats. This is the only rock an roll bio of the era ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats, SLIM JIM PHANTOM spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 1980s. The Stray Cats' classic album Built for Speed went double platinum, the band had numerous hit singles, and their song "Rock This Town" is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "The Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll." He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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