Bread: A Sweet Surrender, The Musical Journey of David Gates, James Griffin & Co., by Malcolm Searles

by Malcolm C. Searles

Presenting the first ever biography of the 70s musical collective known as Bread

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July 1962,and with the sound of the recent Johnny Burnette single, ‘Fool Of The Year’, composed by a new songwriter hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, ringing in his ears, and Dorsey Burnette’s address safely stored in his pocket, a young musician headed out across country towards the Golden State of California. Go west young man…

So began the journey of Jimmy Griffin and the road that would ultimately lead him to fame, success, sadness and tragedy. A story that intertwines with some of America’s finest songwriters and musicians: David Gates, Robb Royer, Mike Botts, Larry Knechtel.

Bread: A Sweet Surrender is the first biography of this magnificent gathering of musical talents, a collective known as Bread, that gave us such timeless hits as ‘Make It With You’, ‘Everything I Own’, ‘If’ and ‘The Guitar Man’. This is their story.

Researched in detail, including exclusive interviews with founding member Robb Royer, along with friends, family and former musical associates of the band, Bread: A Sweet Surrender reveals the story behind the band members’ formative years, their coming together, the rise of Bread, and the subsequent break-up and the messy lawsuits that were to dog the band in later years. Also featured are exclusive insights into their successful 1990’s reunion, undertaken a few years before the sad passing of Jimmy Griffin, followed shortly afterwards by both Botts and Knechtel.

Malcolm Searles is a freelance rock music writer and life-long Bread fan; this is his first book. He lives and works in Essex, United Kingdom.

Additional Selling Points

  • Five of Bread’s studio albums achieved Gold status, whilst their 1973 Best Of Bread collection has gone multi-platinum around the globe, and remains a bestseller to this day.
  • Larry Knechtel was a part of the legendary 1960’s Los Angeles ‘Wrecking Crew’ session team and appeared on the hit singles and albums for the Mamas & Papas, The Byrds, The Monkees, The Association and dozens of other artists.
  • James Griffin, himself a 1960’s teen-idol, nearly became a BEACH BOY.
  • Larry Knechtel wrote, arranged, and subsequently won a Grammy Award for the famous piano introduction to Simon & Garfunkel’s timeless classic ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
  • David Gates’ hectic 1960’s studio activities saw him working alongside Elvis Presley, Phil Spector, The Monkees and numerous other music legends of the era.•Black & white photo sectionHELTER SKELTER PUBLISHINGISBN 978-1-905139-32-3 Limited Edition Hardback 272pp 234 x 156 mm 8-page B&W photo section UK, £25.00

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