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The Resource My life with Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White with Herb Powell

My life with Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White with Herb Powell

Label
My life with Earth, Wind & Fire
Title
My life with Earth, Wind & Fire
Statement of responsibility
Maurice White with Herb Powell
Title variation
My life with Earth, Wind and Fire
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Contributor
Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular and significant bands of the past century, celebrated alongside Chicago, the Commodores, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and Sly and the Family Stone. They transcended genres and fused diverse influences, from R&B to pop to jazz and beyond, earning multiple Grammy Awards--and most recently a Lifetime Achievement Award, shortly after the passing of the band's founder, Maurice White. Although many of White's contemporaries and fans, including Quincy Jones, Questlove, and Diane Warren, felt a kinship with him through his music, he himself was an intensely private man. In this riveting account of his personal life and his massively popular band, he bares his soul. Raised by a family friend, relentlessly teased by schoolmates, Maurice found refuge in music and in visits from God. By the time he was six, he was singing in a gospel choir. He came of age musically with close childhood friends and future legends Booker T. Jones and songwriter David Porter. Trained at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, he later joined Chess Records, where he played drums for Etta James, Sonny Stitt, and countless others. With the Ramsey Lewis Trio he toured the world, honed his showmanship, and learned much about the music business, but after receiving what he believed was a message from the Divine, he created Earth, Wind & Fire. It was a band like no other--sellout crowds were spellbound by their costumes, energetic movement, dynamic horns, floating pianos, spinning drum kits, and vanishing acts assisted by magician David Copperfield. The band's performances were no less forgettable than their perennial hits: 'Shining star,' 'Reasons,' 'Got to get you into my life,' 'September,' 'Boogie wonderland,' and 'Let's groove.' Maurice also produced music for Deniece Williams, the Emotions, Neil Diamond, James Ingram, Barbara Streisand, and Jennifer Holliday. Maurice White's story illuminated Earth, Wind & Fire's position as a band essential to American culture, and offers an intimated look at his final days, from his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease to his faith, which helped him not only to cope, but also to savor every single moment. He dreamed that this band's music, a reflection of the ideals of the 1970s, would inspire peace and unity across racial lines. This compelling memoir shows how he achieved that and much more"--Dust jacket
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
HQD
Dewey number
  • 782.42164092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
ML420.W483
LC item number
A3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Label
My life with Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White with Herb Powell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn910866804
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062329158
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)910866804
  • a1154274
Label
My life with Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White with Herb Powell
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn910866804
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780062329158
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)910866804
  • a1154274

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