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A Natural Woman: A Memoir Hardcover – April 10, 2012
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King, in addition to writing more than 100 top-selling songs has recorded 25 solo albums. In 2007 she and longtime collaborator James Taylor reunited and recorded Live at the Troubadour. Released in 2010 the album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and The Troubadour Reunion Tour became the second highest grossing Tour of that year. She has won numerous lifetime achievement honors and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, "Hit Parade" Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Carole King continues to entertain audiences the world over. She released her most recent album in December, 2011, Carole King: A Holiday Carole, to rave reviews.
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As if that wasn't enough, her 1971 album, Tapestry, won her 4 Grammy Awards as a performer. It also topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971, and remained on the charts for more than six years. Until Michael Jacksons Thriller, it was the biggest selling pop album by a solo artist in history. She still holds the record for the longest time for an album by a solo female to remain on the charts for Tapestry at 306 weeks. An amazing feat when you consider the competition; Madonna, Cher, Aretha, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, the list is endless and impressive.
Doubly impressive when you take into account she hates touring, and even at the height of her career as a singer & performer she only toured for short stints away from home, as she wouldn't be separated from her children for any length of time. She also hated being in the spotlight.
But this isn't about the most successful female songwriter of (probably) all time.Read more ›
Carole King has a lot to recount about her long love of music. She began making up songs when she was three and had her first public performance on the Horn and Hardart Children's Hour television show at eight. As a young adolescent, her ability to compose and sing helped her begin to make the move from nerdy toward cool. Barely out of high school, she and her young husband got jobs writing popular, highly acclaimed songs, many of which are still covered, including Loco-motion and the at the time risqué Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. By the early 1970s her album Tapestry added multiple Grammy winning recording star to her list of accomplishments, and she's still creating and performing today.
But Carole King's career in music is only part of what makes her wide ranging story so interesting. She married and had her first children while not much more than a child herself, just before the free-love era of the later 1960s, and there were three other marriages, two more children, and several long term relationships, all of which she writes about in a reasonably candid manner. One husband became a drug addict, another was physically abusive, and she explores the reasons why she stayed with them as long as she did, and offers advice to women in similar situations.Read more ›
Carole grew up during my favorite period, the 40s and 50s, and she has got a brilliant memory since she's able to recount early life episodes that later impacted her music and worldview. Her parent's love of music and listening to the Hit Parade of that time explained much about Carole's approach to music. Usually I skim these parts, but this was really compelling.
The first 200 pages focus on Carole's youth and her first breakthroughs into writing songs, and I loved it all since she mentioned so many of the artists I know and love.
The second 200 pages really dig deep into Carole's personal life and shifts the focus from her music. She actually says little about Tapestry---only gives the back story to two songs ("So Far Away" and "Beautiful) and then she only casually mentions that she went on to record six more albums (1971-1977), says they sold well, but doesn't provide any details. These albums all went gold and are generally considered among her best work. I would have loved to read more about those 1971-1977 albums.
Her encounters with John and Yoko in NYC and Paul and Linda McCartney in Japan are brilliantly recounted and emotionally told, as are her interactions with U2, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Chrissie Hynde.
Her marriages and relationships are the focus of the book, and she literally lives off the grid for several years. It's really an incredible story, what she goes through and the people she meets.
You really feel like you "know" Carole King when you finish the book, and that's exactly what the goal was.
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A fascinating account of the life and musical development and adventures of Carole King. Her intelligence and passion for exploring life are reflected in her writing. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lindsay Rudge
I saw the play "Beautiful" based on this book which so inspired me to learn more about Carole King. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Nydia Rivera
One of the best Autobiographies Ive ever read! I know you will like this even if you are not a huge fan of Carole King. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Ms. King's life story is told with grace, love, and honesty. Hard truths are not spared but are tempered with kindness in the telling. She is indeed beautiful.Published 27 days ago by O'Henry etta
I enjoyed the book as I am a huge Carole King fan, particularly after seeing the musical Beautiful in NYC. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anita Burroughs
What a delightful journey into many facets of a musical icon named Carole King, and what a joy it was to have this read by Carole King bringing me right into those life moments. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terry R. Minion