Still Alright: A Memoir

Hachette. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780306925368. $30. MUSIC
Loggins has had a highly successful career, moving from the gentle folk/pop of his Loggins and Messina days, to becoming king of the 1980s film soundtrack with songs like “Footloose” and “I’m Alright.” At 74, he looks back over a life fairly well lived, recounting his burgeoning music career in California in the late 1960s and his meetings with almost every major star of the 1970s. Loggins takes readers on an informative but fairly familiar ride through the life of an American rock star. An interesting through line is his older brother, about whom he wrote “Danny’s Song” when Danny first realized he was going to be a father. Danny was also instrumental in his brother becoming a recording artist as he worked in A&R for Columbia Records in 1970. Some of Loggins’s anecdotes are surprisingly shallow, but he does provide great stories about songwriting and the recording process, and he’s very candid about his two marriages and his relationships with people like Jim Messina, Michael McDonald, and many other musicians and writers with whom he’s collaborated.
VERDICT A sure hit, but just for devoted Loggins fans.
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