David Eicher - How Life Spirited Me from Mennonite to Man O' Night
David "Beck" Eicher's autobiography "How Life Spirited Me From Mennonite to Man O' Night" takes place over a 30-year period of events from the sublime to the down-right raunchy.
Coming from the intense confines of a very puritanical religion (Mennonite) and going to the major league inner music circles of both rock and classical, Eicher writes an honest and open account of his life. He takes us behind the scenes of the 70s music culture. Eicher played keyboard with the iconic band, Ram Jam (who can forget Whoa-Black Betty bam-a-lam?) and has many stories from touring with the band and the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll life it entailed.
Eicher's ability to make friends easily had him working with teen idol Rex Smith and later immersing himself in the nightlife of Max's Kansas City and CBGB. He rubbed shoulders with the movers and shakers in the music industry and famous purveyors of porn.
"How Life Spirited Me From Mennonite to Man O' Night" is as compelling as Eicher's wild and fun ride through a young life, naming many stars of the time.