One of the creators of blue-eyed soul, THE RASCALS – remembered by many as THE YOUNG RASCALS – were responsible for a good run of the ’60s hits, including such perennials as “Groovin'” and “People Got To Be Free” which became Number Ones and are loved decades after their release. Those hits came to be thanks to the writing talent, impressive vocals and vigorous ivories of Felix Cavaliere who co-fronted the ensemble in all their on-and-off existence and who has a lot of stories to tell – and does so in “Memoir Of A Rascal”: an autobiography scheduled for release on March 22nd.
Subtitled “From Pelham, NY To The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame” and spanning half a century, the book – which features a Linda McCartney photo, capturing Felix in his 1967 resplendence, on its cover – offers an insider’s look at the development of rock ‘n’ roll and a plethora of anecdotes that will complement “Good Lovin’: My Life As A Rascal” – a memoir written by Cavaliere’s colleague Gene Cornish a few years ago. More so, the tome is taking the artist’s story beyond the band’s life, as its author is still very much active and embarks on American tour on February 26th – to sing and play his classics as well as, possibly, fresh material from the “Then & Now” album slated to see the light of day somewhere in August.
Of course, it’s not necessary to be a fan to enjoy the book, but since an entire experience can come the listener’s way seeing the veteran and grabbing this volume seems to be a no-brainer.