Patryce ďChocíLetĒ Banksí unique experiences will give you a behind-the-scenes look into the intriguing life of one of the fore runners of "funk" music. The lead female singer of the Grammy nominated group Graham Central Station, Larry Graham's (Sly and the Family Stone's bass player) band, has truly come up with a book that you can't put down until you finishóriveting.
~Terry a OíNeal, BEST SELLING AUTHOR
Memoirs of a Funk Diva"
" ...Graham Central Station. The group, led by Sly alumnus and ground-breaking funk bassist Larry Graham, not only racked up a string of chart topping funk fables but set the standard for live performances with its unique brand of foot-stomping, gospel tinged funk that blew the walls off of modern music. Though Graham was the front man and often received the majority of credit for the groupís spell-binding imaginative success, it was the accompanying bay area singers and musicians that defined the much copied Graham Central Sound.
Texas native and Funk Diva #1 Patryce ďChocíLetĒ Banks has released a luscious new memoir that chronicles one helluva ride aboard the Graham Central Station wagon. This soul-scorching, page-turning and often mind-boggling tale of how Patryce came to be the groupís greatest female vocal presence is chock full of truly jaw-dropping anecdotes on what life was like in the studio and on the road and behind the scenes with some of funk musicís biggest legends. This kaleidoscopic journey with ChocíLet takes one back in time thru a magical era of music and culture.
She tells it straight with no chaser. There were times when I had to actually put the book aside to gather my wits...In fact, I came completely apart and found myself shaking my head in disgust at Grahamís greed. The story is all too familiar. Frontman pockets millions while his band toiled for a measly weekly wage that bordered on poverty level....For fans of the group this may be a bitter pill to swallow. But once that pill gets in yoí system all that glitters ainít gold, especially in the behind-closed doors often clandestine business of pop music. Patryce recounts literally dozens of episodes throughout these pages and pens one of the most frank and accurate memoirs Iíve ever had the pleasure of reading.
ChocíLet didnít write the book with any bitterness and provides the reader with as straight-forward an account as Iíve ever sat down to. All the juicy tidbits are there for sure, and I could go on and on about those. Honestly, that is what initially drew me into the book, but as I read on what I found was a deep introspection, profound wisdom, respect for life and peeling self-analysis.
This deeply personal and profoundly moving story is at itís root, about one womanís challenges and struggles for self and professional respect in a predominantly male-controlled industry and society. Itís a veritable whoís who of black music in the 70s and beyond. From her collaborations with hard-working Stephanie Mills, wild times with Chaka Khan, backing vox for artists as diverse as BB King to NWA(the latter of which were completely spellbound by the presence of The Funk Goddess) & too many others to begin to mention, Patryce has come full circle.
She is now respected throughout the music world as one of the great innovators in the genre. Give the soul sista her heartbeat props for this brutally honest, light-hearted and at times gut-wrenching account of her experiences from inside the trenches of one of funkís most powerhouse bands at the height of itís creative and commercial powers.
Get it, read it for yourself, you will be a better person for it.
Cincinnati, OH Funk Journalist~"Bustin'"Bob Mitchell
Newly Released! "Secret Sacrifice"
Children are so vulnerable, offering pure, unconditional
love with no expectations. Their minds, blank slates, where
joyful memories can be tenderly etched or trauma burns
itself onto the slate like a brand on the skin of an animal.
How does a child cope with life devoid of a sense of wellbeing?
This child learned to trust her instincts, much as the
blind and the deaf do. If you can't believe your ears because
people's words differ from their actions, you learn to listen
between the lines, to what they don't say. If you can't believe
your eyes because you live in a world where nothing is as it
seems, you learn to look past what your eyes see on the
outside and dwell in the spirit. If you can't feel, in someone's
touch, when they say they "love" you, you learn to sense the
energy of their being from a distance, escaping any undesirable
contact. Life consisted of trying to create an existence
in the place between what was real and what wasn't. The
developing sense of my being was thwarted with each
heinous innuendo, gesture, and act that Jack consistently
tortured me with. As time went on, I managed to live with
the fear. I really had no choice. Children were to be seen and
not heard. In a world of adults, an abused child suffers in
silence, trying to avoid trouble and even worse, alienation.
Adults stuck together in thought, word, and deed. It was
impossible to try to figure them out. All they did was lecture
about what's "right" and what's "wrong". Children were
supposed to do all the right things but adults could do all the
wrong things. Who did they have to answer to? It didn't seem
like God was paying attention.
A Choc'Let State of Mind
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Déjà View: Memoirs of a Funk Diva
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