Foreword by Steve Harvey and afterword by David Foster The Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir that captures the heart and soul of an artist whose groundbreaking sound continues to influence music today. With its dynamic horns, contrasting vocals, and vivid stage shows, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late twentieth century—the band “that changed the sound of black pop” (Rolling Stone)—and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast. At last, the band’s founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success. Now in his seventies, White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he’s endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was four; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at eighteen and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming EWF, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson’s; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges. Keep Your Head to the Sky is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to savor every moment.
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Includes 18 top hits by this soulful supergroup: After the Love Has Gone • Boogie Wonderland • Devotion • Fantasy • Getaway • Got to Get You into My Life • In the Stone • Let's Groove • Mighty Mighty • Reasons
(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Includes 18 top hits by this soulful supergroup arranged for piano, voice and guitar: After the Love Has Gone * Boogie Wonderland * Devotion * Fantasy * Getaway * Got to Get You into My Life * In the Stone * Let's Groove * Mighty Mighty * Reasons * September * Serpentine Fire * Shining Star * Sing a Song * System of Survival * Thinking of You * and more.
In The Soundtrack of My Life, music legend Clive Davis recounts an extraordinary five-decade career in the music business, while also telling a remarkable personal story of triumphs, disappointments, and encounters with some of the greatest musical artists of our time, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, the Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, and Alicia Keys. Orphaned in his teens, Davis earned a full scholarship to New York University and another to Harvard Law School. He served as General Counsel of Columbia Records and, in a totally unexpected stroke of fate, became head of the company overnight. More surprisingly, he learned he had “ears,” a rare ability to spot special talent and hit records. Those ears contributed to the success of three companies—Columbia, Arista, and J—where Davis discovered and developed more unique artists than anyone in the history of the music industry. What began on the grass at the Monterey Pop Festival with the signing of Janis Joplin has evolved into a lifelong passion and calling, spanning genres, including rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz fusion, and hip-hop. His is the imprimatur that has helped shape contemporary music and, over the years, our popular culture. The Soundtrack of My Life is an essential book for anyone interested in the story of popular music, the fascinating ups and downs of the music business, the alchemy of hits, and the dramatic life of a brilliant leader...and listener. It is a riveting read from beginning to end.
THE POWER OF RUNNING. Every runner knows this, and marvels at it, and finds it hard to wholly describe: Running will change your life. These four dozen essays capture the power of running to change and shape our existence, to elevate us, to inspire and strengthen us in all our pursuits. They were selected for the fine quality of their writing, the emotional strength of the stories, and for their narrative drama. Collectively they are motivational, inspirational, and instructive, thus making a fascinating book for dewy beginners and grizzled veterans alike. In this book are personal tales of running to quit drinking or drugs, to escape a bad marriage, to lose weight, running out grief, developing self-esteem, running for the sheer joy of it. A daughter finally bonds with her distant father when she wins a local race. A man diagnosed with a tumor in his lung runs his way back to health. A teenage girl living in a crack-infested neighborhood of the Bronx takes up running and finds her strength, and a good side of life. One man, viciously attacked on a remote beach in Africa and bleeding profusely, runs miles to safety, saving his own life. One woman’s story tells us, "Everything I need to know I learned from cross-country running." A Pakistani man, as an orphaned child, was introduced to running by a kind teacher—and went on to become a national caliber marathoner. They are all here—every type of runner, and running in all its physical and spiritual glory. This is a book to inspire anyone to go run, and love every miserable, glorious second of it. Garth Battista is the editor of The Runner’s Literary Companion.
Soar makes her literary debut with a book of poems about emotions and love. Using multiple layers of metaphor and simple to complex language, the author renders a soulful presentation of the merging of passion with the eternal universal elements into a final expression of love. As deep forests, energetic rivers, whirling winds, and sun-drenched skies--feelings are depicted in fine detail, following the universal cycle of birth, rise, climax and fall to find rebirth in the light of hope and wisdom. The message of “soul and love” emanating from every page is what the author identifies with, in her long, crystalline “course towards the deep blue sea of eternity” until she finds within herself the gems of the values she has been seeking. A book to read. A book to feel.
1. Everyone loves a list 2. And this is a novel, told entirely in lists. 3. Have you ever wondered what your life might look like in little lists? 4. It might look something like this This funny, surprisingly moving novel follows the everyday life of our list-making hero, from the very first bullet points at 10, through school days, first crushes, teenage kisses and first dates, clumsy sexual encounters and university, early career, serious falling-in-love and marriage, kids, divorce, professional meltdown and resurrection, frightening online dating, and miraculous new love again, aged 50. If you read more lists than books, then this might just be the novel for you. For fans of Adrian Mole and Nick Hornby and readers of all ages, MY LIFE IN LISTS is a novel for the listicle generation, a book to tickle funny bones and move hearts in equal measure.
A Chicago Tribune Book of 2019, Notable Chicago Reads A Booklist Top 10 Arts Book of 2019 A No Depression Top Music Book of 2019 Curtis Mayfield. The Chi-Lites. Chaka Khan. Chicago’s place in the history of soul music is rock solid. But for Chicagoans, soul music in its heyday from the 1960s to the 1980s was more than just a series of hits: it was a marker and a source of black empowerment. In Move On Up, Aaron Cohen tells the remarkable story of the explosion of soul music in Chicago. Together, soul music and black-owned businesses thrived. Record producers and song-writers broadcast optimism for black America’s future through their sophisticated, jazz-inspired productions for the Dells and many others. Curtis Mayfield boldly sang of uplift with unmistakable grooves like “We’re a Winner” and “I Plan to Stay a Believer.” Musicians like Phil Cohran and the Pharaohs used their music to voice Afrocentric philosophies that challenged racism and segregation, while Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire and Chaka Khan created music that inspired black consciousness. Soul music also accompanied the rise of African American advertisers and the campaign of Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, in 1983. This empowerment was set in stark relief by the social unrest roiling in Chicago and across the nation: as Chicago’s homegrown record labels produced rising stars singing songs of progress and freedom, Chicago’s black middle class faced limited economic opportunities and deep-seated segregation, all against a backdrop of nationwide deindustrialization. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews and a music critic’s passion for the unmistakable Chicago soul sound, Cohen shows us how soul music became the voice of inspiration and change for a city in turmoil.
The late 1970s brought us an eclectic mix of popular music--everything from big hits (and even bigger hair) to cult favorites, along with the dawn of disco and punk, the coming of corporate rock, the rise of reggae and new wave, and some of the most progressive, inventive songwriting of the century. Whether you cranked up your radio for Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Supertramp, the Bee Gees, Talking Heads, Rickie Lee Jones, or Earth, Wind and Fire, you'll relive those heady days with this compulsively readable, behind-the-scenes account of the "Frampton years," an era when pop became very big business. It's all here, from ABBA to Zevon. Night Moves by Don Breithaupt and Jeff Breithaupt is a feisty, funny volume that will leave pop fans of every stripe feeling Reunited, Afternoon Delight-ed, and Still Crazy After All These Years.
December 26, 1999. The Reverend Ananias Divine couldn’t believe his eyes. The Church was so enormously packed that they had to bring in about two hundred more chairs to accommodate the mass of the Congregation. While the whole nation and the people in the rest of the world were overwhelmingly concerned about Y2K, the people in the small town of Prairie View, Texas had only one major concern on their mind: Reverend Divine was retiring as the Pastor of the Divine Temple Holiness Church, and the Reverend Bruce Baltimore was to take over. Reverend Divine was a godly man whom everybody looked up to with the outmost respect. People loved and respected him all their lives. Reverend Baltimore, on the other hand, did some things in his life that many would feel would make him unworthy to be Pastor. Bruce Baltimore constantly reminded the Congregation that he was a living testimony, that if God could show grace and mercy, and save a wretched and useless man like him, that he could save anybody who trust in Him and call upon His name. Like the prodigal son, Bruce Baltimore was on the verse of losing everything: his job, his ball games, his marriage, his son, his daughter, respect from his dog, his fi nance and material things, his sanity, and even his own life, both spiritually and physically. But Bruce fi nally comes to himself and accepts God’s amazing grace. Readers can fi nd out more about the life of Bruce and his family as his story unravels in Living Testimony.
A practical testament to help expose spiritual identity theft for victims of Incest, Rape, Child Molestation and Domestic Violence. Your cries don’t have to be silent any longer. Rebecca Cherrie Martin is an Evangelist who has touched the hearts and souls of many hurting men, women and children with her message of faith. Rebecca Cherrie Martin is the founder of all five divisions of Teleo International LLC, an arts management and consulting company that assists in developing and empowering individuals as they become established entrepreneurs, writers and artists. Rebecca also ministers the Gospel to men and women Prisons, Drug Rehabilitation centers and Domestic Violence Shelters across America and shares her intimate story of her private life and testimony. Also known as the “Passionate Playwright,” Rebecca has taken Midwest audiences to a place where they visually see God’s glory, passion, power and His love through her live theater performances. Her approach is characterized by touching on the social, political, religious and historical issues within the community and family. Her live performances utilize the visual and performing arts to depict healing and restoration. Rebecca has written seven other stage plays: Th e City of Our God; Love is Blind, Deaf, Dumb and Off the Hook; Matzo Balls; Jenny Fair & Tall; Th e Principality Split; Selena’s Rose; and Blind Men Cry. Four of these plays were also produced and directed by Rebecca. Originally from New York City and raised in East Cleveland, Ohio, Rebecca now lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the proud mother of two lovely sons, Edward and Seth. She has a daughter-in-Law, Maya, and two beautiful grandchildren Ahonora and Amier who reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Art and Design from Arizona State University. Her passion for God and true worship is demonstrated through her life-long commitment of giving back to the community through the visual and performing a
"Growth In My Life & Spirit" is a book of poetry that covers many different topics. Such as spirituality, gratitude, outgrowing friendships, media, and even sex. This book takes you front and center into Marie’s thoughts and experiences.
An angel saves the life of a man who was trapped in darkness and a depression so deep that he cried for death to come, but death would not come.
Framed around the final one hundred days before his intended commencement ceremony, it presents M. Johnson-Smiths personal coming-of-age story as a boldly curious, anxious college undergraduate in Boston. His relationships with his family and peers, their struggles with life, and his eventual move from prestigious private university to poverty stricken West Africa all become parts of a memorable script.By connecting his personal experiences with larger political, cultural, and core human questions, M. Johnson-Smith uses his life as a canvas on which to paint the nuances of race and identity, sex and love, violence and pain, triumph and forgiveness. Coming Into Adulthood in Todays America: A Story of My Final 100 Days of College serves as the memoir to young adults in todays America.
President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid self-portrait of a world leader who decided in early life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the people of America and the entire world population. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact that his work and his political ideals had on America and on the world. Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions. Filled with fascinating moments and insights, it is told openly, directly, in President Clinton's immediately recognisable voice. A fascinating journey through American politics, and one of the world's most famous politicians, and popular presidents.
My Life on Earth and Elsewhere, a memoir by the internationally-acclaimed Canadian composer, music educator and writer R. Murray Schafer, traces the author's life and growth as an artist from his earliest memories to the present. Scenes from his youth as an aspiring painter, a music student at the University of Toronto and a sailor on a Great Lakes freighter give way to memories of his several years of work and wandering in Europe, where he gained a deeper understanding of his vocation, and found, especially in Greece, the inspiration for much of the astonishing music he would create after his return to Canada.
'The book is f***ing BRILLIANT! Just arrived NYC and wanked myself laughing. Literally tears. Irritated looks all around. What a great writer you are. It's a classic. You absolutely got the whole shite early 70s thing down precisely as it was. Names, smells, sounds, looks, the food, drink, girls, boys! Mega! Well done.' - Bob Geldof In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME, Radio One, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Live aid, he has been at the molten core of pop's evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his eventful journey in rock and roll. It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and barbecues the dull and self-deluded. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiraling decline. For more exclusive pictures visit www.rockstarsstolemylife.com
I was around ten years old, sleeping in the back seat of my mom’s car, parked during evenings at the Detroit River. I looked out the window at the stars, as I feared morning until by exhaustion I would fall asleep. I often woke up having wet my pants from my very real and imagined fears. By day, my mom would look for work and wash clothes while I hung out with the old black guys that would spend their day fishing in the Detroit River. I thought I was the only one who grew up in fear, in a world of abuse, until at thirteen I finally met my half-brother at a professional boxing match. He was in sitting next to our dad. Donny looked at me from inside the ring, trying to figure out who I was as the fight announcer was making his formal introductions. All we had shared at this point was the same biological father. Little did we know...
Defying stereotypes attached to young black males raised in the hood by teen mothers and absentee fathers, Morgan Mitchell excelled as a scholar to a prestigious university. During college, Morgan meets friends who help shape his life's experiences. One such friend, Giselle Gibson, a student from his hometown of Baltimore, becomes his love interest. Unable to speak love's language to one another, Morgan and Giselle venture on a winding and potentially deadly slope. Plagued by an STD, rejected by the love of his life, devastated about the news of his father, and cut by broken images of those closest to him, Morgan's life shatters to the point of no repair. Will he be able to reach the only one who can save his soul before it's too late?