Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn, to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A NATURAL WOMAN chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing readers into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful #1 album "Tapestry," and into her journey as a ...
Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn, to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A NATURAL WOMAN chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing readers into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful #1 album "Tapestry," and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife and present-day activist. Deeply personal, King's long-awaited memoir offers readers a front-row seat to the woman behind the legend. The book will include dozens of photos from King's childhood, her own family, and behind-the-scenes images from her performances.
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-05-28 A young Jewish girl growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 1940s and '50s hits it big (huge) in the pop music field and lives to tell us all about it. In her fascinating memoir, singer/songwriter Carole King chronicles her life story. And while she's seen her share of sorrows-parents' divorce, brother's institutionalization, four marriages, one physically abusive husband-most of King's life has been blessed. Of course, she had talent, a background in music and drama, and a touch of chutzpah. She recorded hit albums, played everywhere, and knew them all: Neil Sedaka, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, the Fugs, John and Yoko. In this audio edition, King narrates (and sings) her memoir-as much a history of rock 'n' roll as of her own life-and once she begins telling her exciting, tumultuous story, it's hard to stop listening. She narrates slowly and enunciates clearly. King's voice is positive, chirpy, and utterly engaging, and she proves an excellent storyteller. A Grand Central hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-03-12 Weaving a tapestry of rich and royal hue, King's affecting memoir eases readers through her life, from the girlhood in Brooklyn where she was already jotting down lyrics and her teenage years that culminated musically with the hit "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?"; through her tumultuous marriage and songwriting years with her first husband, Gerry Goffin; her moves back and forth between New York and California; her three marriages after Goffin; and her deep commitment to environmental issues bred by her living self-sufficiently with her family in the mountains of Idaho. She confronts the physical abuse she experienced at the hands of her third husband; her disbelief that she would let someone treat her that way, and her incredulousness at her own decision to remain in the relationship; and her eventual decision-with the help of an abuse support group-to leave him. King's passionate engagement with all kinds of music, and her musical genius (her Tapestry album remained on the charts for six years running, a distinction that eluded even the Beatles) flood through these reflections, and she recreates the excitement of working with producers such as Lou Adler, Jerry Wexler, and Ahmet Ertegun, musicians James Taylor, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Aretha Franklin, and songwriters Neil Sedaka, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann, among many others. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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