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Joe Cocker is a rock legend. A gas fitter who went from playing Sheffield pubs to the stadiums of the world, he was the man who no one - not even himself - expected to survive the age of 30. Now, approaching his 60s and having recovered his life and career, he has co-operated with the full and frank biography to tell of all the highs and lows of his remarkable journey. Even by the crazy standards of rock'n'roll it is an amazing story. Since his mind-blowing interpretation of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends" topped the British charts in 1968, Joe Cocker has had hits in every decade and in more countries than he can remember. His appearance in the movie of Woodstock in 1969 catapulted him to worldwide fame and his Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour of America almost killed him. Here he talks to biographer J P Bean about his heroin addiction, alcoholism, the arrests that got him thrown in jail, and the demons that haunted him for years.
But most of all it is an uplifting story of an ordinary man who lit up America like a beacon in the night, was written off as a shambolic wreck and then - against all the odds - climbed back to become an even bigger star than he was first time around.
JP Bean lives in Sheffield, Joe Cocker's home town and has interviewed Joe Cocker in Britain, Europe and the USA. He has previously published 'The Sheffield Gang Wars' which has been in continuous print for twenty-one years, "Over The Wall - The Master Jailbreakers" and most recently "Bendigo, The Bare Knuckle Champion Of England" which The Sunday Times said was a 'must-read'.
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