Saturday, July 14, 2018

Otis Redding Biographer Jonathan Gould Speaks at Library 

Jonathan Gould will speak about his book, Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, at Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Saturday, July 14, at 5 pm.

Though Redding’s life was cut short, at age 26, at the height of his career by a plane crash in 1967, he attained a prominent place in the canon of American music on the strength of such classics as “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” and “Respect.”

Gould not only creates a portrait of the singer’s background, his upbringing, and his professional career, but also explores the time and place from which they emerged—the social history of race and music in America, during years when racial tensions were reaching a height in this country.

Jonathan Gould is a writer, a former professional musician, and author of a biography of the Beatles, Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America.

Born and raised in New York City, Gould currently divides his time between Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Livingston, NY, where he has lived for thirty years.