Blood, Sweat And Tears

Hardcover | September 7, 2010

byDavid Clayton-thomas

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In the late sixties, David Clayton-Thomas seemed to be on top of the world. The debut album of his band, Blood Sweat & Tears, had won five Grammys and was on its way to selling ten million copies. But success had come at a steep price.

The son of a tyrannical father, David left home at fifteen and became a street kid. He was still a teenager when he began serving time in prison, but fate intervened in the form of a battered guitar left behind by another inmate. David had found his calling. His move from Toronto to New York, where he joined the group that would forever change his life, would mark the turning point in an incredible journey filled with extreme highs and lows.

Blood, Sweat and Tears is David’s story: a true rock saga as heartfelt as his songs. A story of grit, courage and determination—and above all, survival.

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  In the late sixties, David Clayton-Thomas seemed to be on top of the world. The debut album of his band, Blood Sweat & Tears, had won five Grammys and was on its way to selling ten million copies. But success had come at a steep price. The son of a tyrannical father, David left home at fifteen and became a street kid. He was still a ...

DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS has sold more than forty million records to date. His 1968 debut album with Blood Sweat & Tears sold ten million copies worldwide and won five Grammy Awards. Clayton-Thomas’s hit songs include “Spinning Wheel,” “Lucretia MacEvil” and “You Made Me So Very Happy.” His rendition of “God Bless the Child” is considered ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.15 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670064696

ISBN - 13:9780670064694

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“A remarkable story of redemption…. Clayton-Thomas writes with wry humour and grace in a straightforward style that’s as subtle as a split lip. The reader always feels he’s getting the straight goods…. The book deserves to be as big a hit as ‘Spinning Wheel,’ the best song Clayton-Thomas wrote for the jazz-rock outfit Blood Sweat & Tears…. His book is honest and unflinching. It reveals a man who is tough and cynical, funny as hell, but also vulnerable and insecure. Haunted by his violent childhood, Clayton-Thomas turned himself into a music legend—a singer and songwriter above all things. That’s worth much more than a standing ovation.” - Ottawa Citizen“David Clayton-Thomas has some skeletons in his closet, but he’s setting them all free and it feels mighty good…. A genuinely inspirational rags-to-riches story.” - Toronto Star“Clayton-Thomas[’s] memoir shows brilliance…. What’s critical for an autobiography is, first of all, a good story and Clayton-Thomas has one, for sure.” - Winnipeg Free Press“The David Clayton-Thomas book is an amazing roller coaster ride though the dreams and nightmares of a Canadian kid who, against all odds, became one of Canada’s greatest singer-songwriter-performers. His voice and songs are known everywhere in the world. I knew of his legend and many of the stories but to hear them first hand from his own recollections was a great read for me. David, thanks for the great story and the great music.” - Randy Bachman“Clayton-Thomas opens his book with an introduction that prepares readers for a raw and honest account of his life. What follows is a highly personal and passionate description of child abuse, prison, poverty, artistic longing, and the price of success.” - Quill & Quire“Terrifically entertaining…. Clayton-Thomas is a natural storyteller, and Blood, Sweat and Tears is a true page-turner of the rock and roll bio variety.” - See Magazine“There’s a lot about David Clayton-Thomas that will impress you, besides his rich, raspy voice…. In his memoir, aptly titled Blood, Sweat and Tears, he shares his personal history that reflects and defines a distinctive era in music and pop culture. His is a true rags to riches story…. Clayton-Thomas delivers on his promise to write as “nakedly honest” as possible…. His author’s voice is much like the lyrics to his songs—intuitive, direct and genuine.” - Toronto Books Examiner