The Globe and Mail
October 1, 2010
BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS, by David Clayton-Thomas, Viking Canada, 323 pages,
At the age of 15, David Clayton-Thomas had left home and was living on the streets of Toronto, a life that eventually saw him land in jail, which could have been the first step on the road to the bottom. It was while he was doing time at the Burwash Correctional Centre that he found a guitar that had been left by a previous inmate, and found his calling by playing the blues alone in his cell and on-stage to entertain the other prisoners. After prison, he joined and founded several different groups in Toronto, but it wasn’t until he went to New York that he hooked up with Blood, Sweat and Tears, in which his big voice was matched by the group’s powerful horn section, and a series of mega-hits ensued.