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Blood Sweat And Tears Hardcover – Sep 7 2010


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada; 1st Printing edition (Sept. 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670064696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670064694
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E.Roman on Nov. 5 2010
Format: Hardcover
For those of you who only know David Clayton Thomas from the Blood Sweat and Tears hits like 'You Made Me So Very Happy' there was a very different DCT prior to this who lived a rough and tumble life in Toronto Canada and he really did "pay his dues" with blood, sweat and tears. Born during the WWII bombing of Britain, and raised in the Toronto suburb of Willowdale (same place I grew up in), he ran away from home at 15 to escape a physically abusive situation. Trying to survive on the street inevitably lead to incarceration in the Ontario prison system where he learned to play guitar and perform blues ballads for the inmates. On his release he joined the Yonge Street Strip music scene with Ronnie Hawkins and later the 60s music scene in Yorkville. During this time he put out a string of great R&B/Soul hits I listened to on CHUM, the local hit radio station of that time - Boom Boom, Walk that Walk, Out of the Sunshine, ... culminating in the hard driving rock classic Brainwashed, about media manipulation during the U.S. war on Vietnam.
Determined to make it big, he moved to New York where he joined up with Blood Sweat and Tears, and rocketed into international stardom. While I was never a big fan of their big band jazz style of music, I was still riveted by the book's description of the ongoing roller-coaster ride of successes and travails they experienced, and the quest of DCT to find sanity in the midst of mayhem. This book was a real page turner for me - completely absorbing. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the music of that era.
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If you really wanted to know what colour pills Blood, Sweat and Tears frontman David Clayton-Thomas took an hour before writing 'Spinning Wheel', this isn't the book for you. It is, however, a sober, reflective, introspective, reserved, diplomatic and effacing biography of one of Canada's better known singer-songwriters.

The rags-to-riches portion of the travelogue is disturbing and begs the question, "How in the hell did this guy ever amount to anything?" Born in Surrey, England, the child of a war bride, and raised in Willowdale in north Toronto, Clayton-Thomas portrays his father, Fred Thomsett, as a bitter, maniacal and violent WWII veteran, whose household tyranny knew no bounds. No surprise, then, that as a juvenile Clayton-Thomas found himself sleeping in office buildings, parked cars, and the occasional detention centre. His rock bottom of Phase 1 came when a no-nonsense magistrate gave him a four-year jail term for witness intimidation, and it was off to the Big House.

As a society, we long ago - at least officially - took many of the punitive and medieval aspects out of corrections; the focus, primarily, is on hollowing out the soul. Strangely, happily, fortuitously, the reverse happened in this case as Clayton-Thomas took to song while in the pen, and the rest, as they say, is history - or at least the beginning of a history: upon his release, it was Toronto, Yorkville, Yonge Street, bars, drugs, small clubs, rubbing shoulders,and incremental successes like 1966's 'Brainwashed' - this is Phase 2.

Phase 3 is the phenomenal success of Blood, Sweat and Tears.
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By Dunk20001 on June 13 2013
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A great read. I now have more respect for the guy who performed at a school dance back in the sixties. I had no idea of the life he had up until that time.
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