Hal Leonard, Jun 2003, 26.95, 434 pp.
In 1956, two students meet for the first time at the prestigious Bronx High School of Science. Both are excited with the new music rocking the country and want to be part of the revolution. They become friends and form an act together and travel to their first dig, two weeks in a sleazy joint in Detroit. However, they break up. The Italian Walden Robert Cassotto changes his name to Bobby Darin before achieving fame while the Jew Steve Karmen writes his commercial jingles like "You Deserve a Break Today," "I Love New York," and "Nationwide Is on Your Side."
Steve Karmen provides an interesting “autobiography-biography” mostly focused on those two weeks in the pre Motown Motor City where the pair where the pair are surrounded by a world of sex filled with racketeers, strippers, and aging vaudeville comedians. The memoir provides the audience a glimpse at an early Rock and Roll legend as much as how what seemed a friendship forever dissolved under the pressure of fame, fortune, and sex. Easy to read just like one of the author's famous jingles, ME AND BOBBY D is a winner for readers who relish an intriguing tell all look at the ups and downs of fame with special insight into the life of Bobby Darin.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner