Mark Bego, known in the book business as the “prince of pop music bios,” wrote his 61st published book with Debby Campbell, oldest daughter of country music legend Glen Campbell. The book, Debby’s memoir “Life With My Father: Glen Campbell, (Overlook Press)” was officially released on September 25, 2014, and it immediately hit the Top Ten on two Amazon.com Best-Seller lists. On the Folk and Country Kindle Best-Seller list, it peaked at Number One and remains in the Top Ten, and on the Hardcover Country Best-Seller List, it peaked at Number Six and is still on the Top 20 chart.
According to Bego, “I met Debby Campbell in September of 2011, days after she was dismissed from her father’s touring band, after singing with him for 24 years. Her firing took place only months after Glen’s public announcement that he was suffering from Alzheimer ’s disease, when Debby’s stepmother took over making decisions about Glen’s career affairs. Clearly there was an incredible story of power, legacy, and bitter family conflict that needed to be told, and Debby was the only person it tell it with the passion and the drama that it needed to contain. I knew that it was a book I longed to help her tell. I knew we had a hit book on our hands, and I was right. I am very excited to have assisted Debby in telling her deeply personal story.”
The book “Life With My Father: Glen Campbell” is Debby’s touching story how she was a child of divorce, written with Mark Bego. Few people realize that amidst Glen’s 50-plus years musical career, he has started four separate families, having fathered eight children. As the oldest child from his first of four marriages, Debby has seen more of his life than any of her seven half-siblings, and she has quite a story to tell. The book is a no-holds-barred account of how Debby struggled to actively remain in her father’s life, eventually joining his tour band simply so that she could have a close father / daughter relationship with Glen, who is best known for his songs “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and “Southern Nights.”
As Bego explains it, “Debby tells a story that is both unique and touching. She unflinchingly tells of Glen’s battles with over 20 years of cocaine addiction, relationship problems, his famed affair with Tanya Tucker, and ultimately his current battle with Alzheimer ’s disease. Debby is quite verbal about her conflicts with her third stepmother, Kim, who has admitted Glen to a medical facility for Alzheimer’s patients. According to Debby, her father deserves better care for his deteriorating health. She would rather see him in an at-home setting with 24 hour care in surroundings he recognizes. Debby’s conflicts with her stepmother Kim make for some of the most dramatic episodes in the book.”
Mark Bego is the author of two “New York Times” best-selling books: “Michael! “[Jackson] which sold 8 million copies worldwide, “Leonardo DiCaprio: Romantic Hero,” and a “Chicago Tribute” best-seller for his collaborative book with Martha Reeves: “Dancing in the Street: Confessions of a Motown Diva.” When “Life With My Father: Glen Campbell” was released earlier this year in Europe, it won a Paris Book Festival Award in the category of Best Non-Fiction Book category.