Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by Eric Burden
The Animals emerged as one of London’s most popular groups in the swinging sixties and went on to conquer America as one of the forerunners of the British Invasion. Front-man Eric Burdon’s colourful memoir covers this fascinating period and beyond.
Eric hangs with Hendrix at Woodstock, parties with Jim Morrison, does a stint in a German prison and races motorcycles (or maybe it’s cars, I forget) with Steve McQueen in California. But the best bits are the stuff about the early days of the Animals. Eric’s passion for the blues is as heartfelt as his bitterness towards the record company that helped itself to a bunch of his band’s royalties.
Burdon has a great voice and concentrates on the interesting stuff rather than prattling on too much about every man, woman and dog he’s ever met (see Eric Clapton’s autobiog for an example of this).
This is a must-read for anyone who loves sixties music.