‘On my better days friends find me flirting with the nurses, cigarette in one hand and scotch in the other, but if I listen carefully I can hear the tribute concerts starting up. There they are, celebrating my life like never before, and here I am, knock knock knockin’ on heaven’s door. That rhymes, doesn’t it? I think I might even feel a song coming on but I’m so tired and the words are slipping away and the music is fading into a soft chant round my bed and Madala was spot on, he said when God says He want you, we can’t run away. I know Bafo, I know. I’m not running anymore.’
Skollie, saint, scholar, hippest of hippies, imperfect musician with a perfect imagination, Syd Kitchen was, like all great artists, born to enrich his art and not himself. Plagued by drugs, alcohol and depression, too much of an outlaw to be embraced by record companies, he frequently sold his furniture to cover production costs of his albums, seduced fans at concerts and music festivals worldwide with his dazzling ‘Afro-Saxon’ mix of folk, jazz, blues and rock interspersed with marvellously irreverent banter, and finally became the subject of several compelling documentaries, one of which – ‘Fool in a Bubble’ – premiered in New York in 2010.
The biography Syd Kitchen – Scars That Shine is written by Donve Lee.
‘He was like a little leprechaun. Everyone danced around him because he brought the magic in’ – ZETA PONTIN
‘Syd was the one who said I will do it, I will make a living as an artist. He was one of those people who carried the dream.’ – RICK ANDREW
Donvé Lee, the author of Syd Kitchen – Scars That Shine is an artist, writer and traveller. Her publications include the autobiographical novel An Intimate War, described by Cape Times books editor Karin Schimke as ‘the most lucid rendition of the madness of love you can hope to read in modern fiction’.
Donvé is also known for her numerous fiction and non-fiction books for young readers, among which are several series on South African artists, musicians, sports celebrities and freedom fighters.
She lives in Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula, where she manages a small craft upliftment project in Masiphumelele, works towards a PhD in Creative Writing, and dreams of painting again.
TITLE: Syd Kitchen
SUB-TITLE: Scars That Shine
AUTHOR: Donve Lee
RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE: R260
PHYSICAL BOOK ISBN / EAN: 978-0-620-70993-4
eBOOK ISBN (ePUB): 978-0-620-70994-1
eBOOK ISBN (PDF): 978-0-620-70995-8
PHOTOGRAPHS: 10 pages of photos
FORMAT: Trade Paperback
DIMENSIONS: 235mm h x 153mm w
PUBLISH DATE: January 2017