Soundcheck Writers Club: Bettye Lavette, Michael Chabon

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Bettye LaVette's new memoir 'A Woman Like Me' is a dramatic look at the R&B singer's life and musical career.

In this episode: Singer Bettye Lavette has chronicled the rough side of the '60s soul scene in a memoir called A Woman Like Me. The Detroit native gives her brutally honest take on her life in music over the last fifty years – from her first single in 1962, to run ins with pimps and producers, to a twenty year struggle to get her first album released. 

Soundcheck Writers Club - Bettye Lavette

Plus: The setting for author Michael Chabon’s latest book, Telegraph Avenue, is a record store in a rapidly changing neighborhood in Oakland, California. Chabon talks all about Telegraph Avenue's soul-jazz soundtrack, and why he loves prog rock. 

Soundcheck Writers Club - Michael Chabon

And: Author, journalist and musician Michael Azerrad shares examples of artists who have written songs specifically about novels. 

Soundcheck Writers Club - Michael Azerrad