The final collaboration from Eddie and Gerald Levert: an intimate glimpse into their lives, their passions, and their musical legacy. But most important, I Got Your Back gets inside the special and rare father-son bond that these two R&B legends shared. Eddie and Gerald put their hearts and souls on the line and talk about their failures, concerns, fears, and triumphs as father and son. With a powerful message of reconciliation for broken families, Eddie and Gerald explore the themes of fatherhood, male bonding and male-female relationships. The book includes moving tributes from Eddie, Patti LaBelle, Steve Harvey and others, as well as treasured family photographs.
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|Title of eBook: I Got Your Back|
|Release Date: 05-06-2009|
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|Publisher: Broadway Books|
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I Got Your Back
THE MEANING OF FAMILY
You know the family is the solution to the world’s problems today…
—“Family Reunion,” K. Gamble, L. Huff / The O’Jays, Family Reunion
February 7, 2006
Travel Productions — Rehearsal
Inside a small, brick warehouse-like building snuggled in the heart of the “’hood,” 93rd and Way, sits Trevel (Levert spelled backward) Productions, Eddie and Gerald’s production and rehearsal studios. The main room is dominated by a stage, and the musicians are setting up for today’s rehearsal.
The guitarist plucks a few chords while a background vocalist warms up. Eddie and Gerald wrap up the logistics with their cousin and business manager, Andy Gibson, for an upcoming Father & Son concert date. The Levert organization is a family affair.
The band starts to play the first few bars of “Family Reunion.” Gerald belts out a note. “Man, that’s one of those riffs we used to do up in church down south!” Eddie gives Gerald a pound. Although Eddie grew up in Canton, Ohio, and moved to Cleveland at sixteen, he proudly claims his Bessemer, Alabama, roots. “Can you believe we recorded that song over thirty years ago and it’s still relevant?” Eddie says. “When I was singing the chorus to ‘Family Reunion’ in the studio, I was envisioning how powerful it was going to be for people.
“It calls us to honor and remember loved ones who’ve gone on, and celebrate the matriarchs and patriarchs who’ve made it one more year. When I sing that song, I give it so much soul ...