“[Parker] has more soul in his little finger than a roomful of Boyz II Men.” —Oakland TribuneRevealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man’s journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers—Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax—in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo’s signature style that helped define Brown’s brand of funk, and the phrase “Maceo, I want you to blow!” became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author—one of the funkiest musicians alive—and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike.
Reviews"An important addition to any library of black music biographies."—DownBeat Magazine
"A breezy, anecdotal memoir by the funky saxophonist who reveals himself to be an uncommonly decent man." —Kirkus Reviews
"A remarkably unassuming, even-tempered account from a true funk icon."—EntertainmentWeekly.com
"Hipper than most 20-year-olds, [Parker] has more soul in his little finger than a roomful of Boyz II Men." —Oakland Tribune
"Parker talks with his sax, chatters away without a seeming care. It's a musical antidepressant, an antidote to dark days." —San Diego Reader
"Those familiar with Parker’s work as a world-class saxophonist will enjoy getting to know him a little better. If you’re not a fan, this will give you plenty of new music to dig into."—Music Tomes
Author BiographyMaceo Parker is a saxophone player who has contributed to the success of James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins. He has collaborated with Ray Charles, Ani DiFranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others and has had a solo career for the over 22 years. He lives in Kinston, North Carolina.