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Green may be short in stature and a self--described "mutant" (he mentions both of these things frequently in this autobiography), but he is an outsize entertainer. Millions know him as the lyricist and singer in the duo Gnarls Barkley ("Crazy"), as a celebrity judge on the reality TV show The Voice, and as a solo artist who hit it big with the song "Fuck You" (also released as "Forget You") in 2012. Born Thomas DeCarlo Burton and raised in southwest Atlanta, Green has penned a "psychedelic fable" that takes the reader from the life of a "little villain" in the "Dirty South" to later artistic collaboration, philanthropy, and the Las Vegas stage. Although his boastfulness and ego can get tiresome, Green tempers them with an almost desperate desire to be loved and to entertain, expressed in his own, unique voice. Verdict A musical chameleon, Green is steadfast in his philosophy, drive, and desire to tell his truth. You might think he's crazy. So does he. Fans and viewers will enjoy the ride, and there will be demand in libraries with popular music collections.-Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Pop star Cee Lo calls himself "a sensitive and magical child" feeling "lost and terribly alone in the wilderness" in his outrageous new memoir, assisted by his longtime pal Big Gipp and writer David Wild. Born to a hardworking nurse in Atlanta, Thomas DeCarlo Burton (aka Cee Lo) remembers both the hard knocks of his early life, the death of his father when Cee Lo was two years old, and hearing the mysterious sounds of "a visitation from the Good God of the Holy Groove" in his grandmother's living room. He was always a fancy dresser, a self-described "half-angel-half-devil," who dropped acid, smoked grass, and shoplifted as a young tough. Influenced by the likes of James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Bill Withers, Tupac, and Prince, he created an outsized, flamboyant persona, which, along with his soulful voice, enthralled audiences. He eventually became a judge on the hit TV show The Voice. Brassy, often snarky, and totally madcap, Cee Lo mouths off in this ribald tell-all, to the enjoyment of his fans and newbies everywhere. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.