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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Earth, Wind & Fire has sold some ninety million records and won eight Grammy awards. But while its charismatic founder, Maurice White, and Philip Bailey, one of popular music’s greatest voices, are remarkable musical talents, their relentless work ethic exhausted and emotionally gutted the group. Now, Bailey shares the inside story of his professional and spiritual journey, from his origins to the band’s meteoric rise to stardom, and from its breakup to its triumphant reinvention. Shining Star will mesmerize the supergroup’s millions of fans and anyone who loves an inspiring story about what happens when real life exceeds your dreams.
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
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.
Dionne Warwick made her singing debut in church at the request of her grandfather, the Reverend Elzae Warrick, when she was six years old. No one knew then that she would become an international music legend, but what she knew—as words of wisdom passed down from her grandfather—was that "if you can think it, you can do it." And she did it. Dionne released the first of more than fifty-six charted hits in 1962 with "Don’t Make Me Over," followed by "Anyone Who Had a Heart," "Walk On By," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Alfie," and "A House Is Not a Home," to name a few. She received her first Grammy in 1968 for "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and later recorded the classic hit "That’s What Friends Are For." She was considered the voice of Burt Bacharach/Hal David compositions, and the rest is here, in her first autobiography. Dionne tells the stories of her life from her childhood in East Orange, New Jersey, in a two-family home with her parents, brother, and sister, to now, as she celebrates her fiftieth year in show business. She came by her musical gifts honestly. Her mother, Lee Drinkard Warrick, was a founding member of the legendary Drinkard Jubilairs, which included her mother’s siblings Cissy, Marie, Annie, Nick, and Larry. Cissy went on to become a celebrated recording artist in her own right; she lived in the Warrick household, got married, and later gave birth to one of the most popular singers of our time, Whitney Houston. Dionne went on to start her own gospel group with her sister, Dee Dee, called the Gospelaires. Her father, once a Pullman porter, became an accountant, went on to promote gospel records for Hob Records, and wrote a book on gospel music. She attributes her strong family, who are faithful and industrious Christians, for keeping her grounded and giving her the fortitude, as well as the talent, to earn her place among world-class performing artists without losing herself or her soul.
Shows how dreams and dream interpretation can serve as a springboard to untapped potential for personal development, using affirmations, aromatherapy, crystals, music, and other tools.
Martin Strong's best-selling and highly acclaimed monster reference book is now in its fourth edition. Encyclopaedic in scope, the book contains incomparable details on all the great figures in the development of the rock genre.
Wally, Where'd You Get Those Glasses? (My Life Through the Lens From Parliament, Pendergrass and Prince) is a memoir that recounts why Prince recorded a defining song in Wallace Safford's honor and the harrowing night that changed his life forever, prompting the Academy Award-winning artist, at the height of his career, to make the fateful decision of moving Safford from working as security to dancing and singing background alongside him on stage. The Detroit native's story also takes a snapshot through his lens in security, keeping a watchful eye on iconic musicians such as the Commodores, Parliament Funkadelic, Earth, Wind & Fire and Teddy Pendergrass.
'Earth, Wind and Fire' documents the development of a five acre hobby farm in Little River, 50 km south-west of Melbourne. Activities and anecdotes are recorded using cartoons, some humour and a storytelling approach. From the beginning there has been a spirit of experimentation, allowing important challenges to be met. Along the way, past experiences are mentioned and some gardening advice is given. The book attempts to reflect the chaos and uncertainty experienced on the land and is not designed to be a comprehensive guide on gardening. Drawings have been done in the 'old chalk and talk style, ' typical of lessons during my former secondary teaching career. I also rely on readers who enjoy using their imagination as only a small number of colour photographs have been provided. With so much information available at our fingertips on the net, it is a simple matter to access extra information and images on every topic. Scientific names for less common plants are given in order to allow for easy access. The first 12 chapters deal with the main tasks carried out when developing the farm. It has been necessary to utilize a wide range of horticultural principles in order to attain some success. Chapters 13 to 20 describe the crops grown and how they have progressed since they were planted. The well known fruit crops are discussed, but I feel there is a place for some plants that in my opinion will become important crops in the future. They are mostly from outside Australia; however the magnificent quandong, a true Australian gem, is featured in this section. Those interested in buying sometimes expensive plants such as date palms or pistachio nuts, need to carry out a detailed study for their individual situation. Chapter 21 deals with general ideas and issues related to the purchase of a hobby farm. These thoughts do not relate directly to my farm. If a desire to buy a hobby farm is held, the points mentioned may be of some use. For the majority of readers who would not
- Author : Roy Ivan Johnson
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1939
- Genre : English language
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : UIUC:30112118000204
Record expert Neely shows what to look for when collecting vinyl records by some of today's hottest recording artists, including Madonna, Prince, U2, REM, and Garth Brooks. 200 photos.
An alphabetically arranged rock reference book, it lists 1,000 key artists, producers, entrepreneurs, and venues in the history of rock. For each entry there is a chronological listing of facts, as opposed to trivia and gossip offered in other reference works. Black-and-white photographs.
You know what you like? but can you remember? We have the technology to create our own greatest- hits collections, but we all like to browse before we buy, and The Downloader's Music Source Book is the biggest shop window of them all. With four decades of UK and US Top 40 hits, listed A-Z by artist and then song title, this book is the essential companion for anybody who downloads music from the internet. Comprehensive and easy to use, the fast multiplying iPod generation can only make the most of their new technology with The Downloader's Music Source Book at their side.