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About the Author
Sly Stone was born Sylvester Stewart in Denton, Texas, in 1943. He had brief careers as a doo-wop singer, a radio DJ, and a record producer before founding and fronting Sly and the Family Stone. Mercurial, idiosyncratic, and inimitably brilliant, Sly Stone is a true American original. He lives in Los Angeles. This is his first book.Ben Greenman is a New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor who has written both fiction and nonfiction. His novels and short-story collections include The Slippage and Superbad; he was Questlove's collaborator on Mo' Meta Blues and Something to Food About; and he has written memoirs with George Clinton and Brian Wilson. His writing has appeared in numerous publications.
"It is difficult to convey how unlikely it is that this book exists. Sly Stone is one of pop music's truest geniuses and greatest mysteries . . . No one else has fully conjured the remarkable balance of virtuosity and universality, joy and pain . . . Thank You gives a strong sense of this giant's voice and sensibility."
--Alan LIght, The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
--Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle "Thank You is a brisk, crackling tour through the highs and lows of Sly's life... It's a fascinating, revealing, and sometimes difficult read...an unusual, fitfully beautiful, and surprisingly emotional reading experience, and by its end I realized that it had left me with something previously unthinkable,
one more act of self-reinvention from a genius of American music."
--Jack Hamilton, Slate "In Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), Sly Stone recounts his career without shame, pity,
or biting his tongue, giving us the really real of his fruitful but chaotic life."
--Michael A Gonzales, The Wire (UK) "Exquisite. ★★★★"
--MOJO "Frank [and] illuminating . . . Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) is a reclamation. Its reward: a centering of Stone's inimitable voice, a showcase for the flair with which he makes language dance."
--Lynell George, Alta "[Thank You] overflows with wit and wordplay [and] vivid accounts from recording studios, concert stages and star-studded parties."
--Christopher Weber, Associated Press "There's a lot to enjoy in [Thank You] . . . Accessible and charming . . . [Sly speaks] from the heart (with a certain cool reserve) while providing a time trip filled with melancholy, wit, and soul."
--Ellen Fagan, CultureSonar "[Thank You] overflows with wit and wordplay . . . Fans will certainly appreciate the vivid accounts from recording studios, concert stages and star-studded parties."
--Christopher Weber, Associated Press "[Stone's] memoir is a gift to fans, a forthright telling of his extraordinary rise from musical prodigy to genre-bending superstar, followed by a decline wrought by the intense pressure of success and heavy drug use . . . Stone's language is vibrant, laced with playful rhymes and clever turns of phrase . . . Thank You is as complicated and beautiful as Stone himself."
--Booklist (starred review) "It's unadulterated, unapologetic Sly."