Tonawanda News — I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of “Willin’: The Story of Little Feat” by Rolling Stone magazine writer Ben Fong-Torres. The book is available for pre-order but does not come out until next month.
First, let me start by saying I am a huge fan of Little Feat; their live album “Waiting for Columbus” is one of the greatest live albums of all time. I have had the good fortune to see the band many times since they reunited in the 1980s, but never had the honor of seeing them with their founding member, Lowell George.
The book devotes the lion’s share of its pages on George, who is portrayed at times as a hero, funny and creative, and at other times as a reckless, drug-addicted, overweight control freak. In the end, one is left with a confusing image of one of rock music’s most revered artists.
What really makes the story work is the fact that it is about the dynamics of a band, and those stories are often complex. The book follows every era of the band right up to the present, including the abrupt departure of Craig Fuller and the unceremonious termination of vocalist Shaun Murphy.
If you are familiar with the music of Little Feat you will absolutely love the book, as it answers a lot of questions. If not, well it is a great cultural history piece on how the music industry has evolved over the years and one band’s tenacity to overcome all of those changes.
Thom Jennings writes a weekly column on the music scene for Sunday Lifestyle. Email him at email@example.com.