Got to go make that dollar

Alex Abramovich

  • Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life by Jonathan Gould
    Crown, 544 pp, £12.99, May 2018, ISBN 978 0 307 45395 2

Otis Redding was born in 1941 on a farm in Terrell County, Georgia, 150 miles south of Atlanta, but raised further north in Macon, a small, bustling city at the geographical centre of the state. Of the cotton fields but not from them, he was a sharecropper’s son who grew up in an early iteration of America’s inner-city projects, forming a gospel quartet with the neighbourhood boys, joining a junior choir at the church where his father was a deacon, banging away on a drum set his mother bought him with money she had earned as an Avon lady in town.

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