Friday, October 03, 2014

'IN LIFE WITH MY FATHER GLEN CAMPBELL' TOME

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LIKE A RHINESTONE COWBOY
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Glen Campbell



Over the course of Glen Campbell’s long and legendary career the songwriter and musician had a string of Top 10 solo hits, was handpicked by John Wayne to be his co-star in True Grit, hosted his own television variety show and headlined sold-out shows all over the world. Then in 2011, Glen Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim, announced that he has Alzheimer’s disease. In Life with My Father Glen Campbell (Overlook Press / Hardcover $26.95 / ISBN: 978-1-78038-858-8 / Publication Date: September 25, 2014) his daughter Debby Campbell offers a loving and candid account of the man she not only toured with for more than 20 years but whom she will always see first and foremost as her father.



Glen Campbell began his career as a session guitarist for many of the 1960’s biggest musical talents: The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and was a favorite go-to-guy for producers Phil Spector and Jimmy Bowen. In 1965 he was asked by The Beach Boys to join them on tour to replace the retiring Brian Wilson. It was after this experience that his own recording of “Gentle on My Mind” garnered his first of many crossover hits and in 1968, the Country Music Association honored him as the Entertainer of the Year the same year. His signature songs, written by Jimmy Webb - “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston” - cemented his place in the American musical landscape.


Co-written with Mark Bego, bestselling pop music biographer and author of more than sixty books on rock and roll and show business, Life with My Father Glen Campbell paints a professional and personal picture of one of the greatest talents of our generation. Bego also contributes a touching Prologue, “Daughter of a Legend,” noting that the book is “a story of a father and his daughter, who had a wonderful streak of adventures together, through his many marriages, through his decades of substance abuse, show business glory, tabloid headlines, and the untimely ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.”



The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour -- born after Campbell co-hosted the Summer Smothers Brothers Show – made its debut in 1969, and ran until 1972. With his good-natured charm and ease with many musical and famous guests captivating the television audience, Campbell was at the top of his game.



Then during the 1970’s cocaine and alcohol began to take its toll on Campbell’s career. Campbell’s romantic, tumultuous and very public relationship with fellow music star, Tanya Tucker, made headlines detailing their flights and drug use. Finally, in the early 1980’s Campbell kicked his drug habit, and was back on the road performing his classic songs and his recent hits including “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights.”



Beginning in the late 1980’s, Debby, now in her early thirties, began to join her father as he performed around the country and as the headlining act at the Glen Campbell Goodtime Theater in Branson, Missouri, singing duets and often performing as the opening act. Debby was a constant in her father’s life, through the wives and the divorces, through all the career highs and lows, through all the trials and tribulations. As the onset of Alzheimer’s disease begins to take its toll, Debby reflects candidly on the ups and downs of a unique father-daughter relationship and how their twenty-four year professional relationship ended with her dismissal on Campbell’s 2011 “Farewell” Tour.



Co-written with Mark Bego, bestselling pop music biographer and author of more than sixty books on rock and roll and show business, Life with My Father Glen Campbell paints a professional and personal picture of one of the greatest talents of our generation. Bego also contributes a touching Prologue, “Daughter of a Legend,” noting that the book is “a story of a father and his daughter, who had a wonderful streak of adventures together, through his many marriages, through his decades of substance abuse, show business glory, tabloid headlines, and the untimely ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.”



Life with My Father Glen Campbell also includes rare full-color and black-and-white photographs from Campbell’s career, and a discography.


Photo Courtesy Of: Salidor PR & Debby Campbell

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