Iconic singer-songwriter Carole King has written a memoir, A Natural Woman, that’s as rich and soulful as one of her hit songs. In it, she writes about her teenage years, during which she wrote her first chart-topper “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” and takes the reader through her rise to celebrity and her four marriages, including her tumultuous creative and personal partnership with Gerry Goffin. Running through the entire narrative is King’s passionate love and deep knowledge of music, and given that King is an iconic singer-songwriter, the audiobook version, voiced by the author herself, might be the best way to experience her story — she takes frequent breaks from the narrative to break into a cappella renditions of her songs. Check out the clip below to see King sound off on the writing and narrating process. READ FULL STORY
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Grand Central has announced that the “Forget You” singer and Voice coach is working on a memoir, which will probably be one of those books that’s more appealing the more incomprehensible it is. The memoir, coming out in 2013, will feature “insights” from fellow Goodie Mob member Big Gipp. Cee Lo’s statement in a press release teases what his memoir has in store:
Talk about art imitating life? Enter into the super-natural, the surreal and the extra-ordinary that is [Cee Lo Green.] Do you think this is by chance? CRAZY? FORGET YOU? After reading this book, there will be no doubt that I am meant to be. CEELO GREEN A.K.A ‘everybody’s brother’ will make you a believer, not only in me, but also…yourself. READ FULL STORY
If you count all the stars in the sky and all the grains of sand on every beach in the world, the total number will still not compare to the number of books that have been written about the Beatles. Still, if you’re a Beatles fan, there are reasons to be interested in the news that Louise Harrison will be writing a book about her brother George, a.k.a. “The Quiet Beatle,” a.k.a. “The More Famous English Traveling Wilbury.” Harrison tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the book — to be released in 2012 or 2013 — will include some never-before-seen photos, along with her own particular perspective on the band’s rise to fame. She was already living in America in the early ’60s, and claims to have told the Beatles’ manager to book the band on the Ed Sullivan Show; she also claims that the whole “Quiet Beatle” thing got started because George had a bad case of strep throat when they initially arrived in America. Which I’m pretty sure was revealed a couple hundred Beatles memoirs ago, but hey, still a good story.
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Über-producer Butch Walker, who’s made hits for everyone from Weezer to Katy Perry, has written Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt, out Oct. 25. In it, Walker taps into his 20-year career and offers a humorous and insightful look behind the scenes of the music business — and he definitely doesn’t shy away from delving into its dark side. What better way to tout an irreverent, booze-soaked rock and roll memoir than to take a page from Reading Rainbow? You don’t have to take my word for it! Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY
Mitch Winehouse, the father of late singer Amy Winehouse, has sold the rights to a book about his daughter to HarperCollins, according to The Bookseller. The book is called Amy, My Daughter and will be published in the summer of next year. Proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which supports charitable activities that offer support or care to young people. Amy Winehouse’s family set up the foundation following the death of the singer in July.
On the Books: Morgan Spurlock wants to hear about your failed novel, National Book Awards announce 5 under 35
++ Chad Harbach need not apply. For those of you (okay, us) who moonlight as authors but have failed to write the Great American Novel, filmmaker and author Morgan Spurlock might be looking to tell your story — especially since you haven’t been able to do it yourself yet. Spurlock’s camp posted a casting call on Mediabistro for dreamers, including starving writers, who might be looking to switch to the much more stable profession of documentary subject. At the very least, starring in a movie will give you great material.
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