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Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire Hardcover – April 15, 2014
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"Fans of Bailey’s music will find him a warm and occasionally very funny guide through the elements of this American band that Rolling Stone declared “changed the sound of black pop."
"[Shining Star] is a memoir of a man, a band, and a vision.... What may impress the most is Bailey’s honesty in relating conflicts that eventually tore the band apart, as well as his own shortcomings."
"If you’ve ever been a fan of Earth, Wind and Fire (and who hasn’t?), buy this book!"
"Ninety million records sold. Eight Grammy awards. Lot of platinum and gold records. And lead singer Bailey’s leaping multi-octave range. The numbers speak for themselves, but Bailey has more to say in this memoir, which ranges from Earth, Wind, & Fire’s early years to founder Maurice White’s disbanding the group in 1983 to Bailey’s solo career (which gave us “Easy Lover”) to the group’s reuniting and eventual ascension to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."
A fun read overall, especially for the many EWF fans still out there.
Top Customer Reviews
The best part about this autobiography is that Bailey tells an intriguing story without sensationalism, unnecessary name-dropping or cursing. A great read for anybody who is interested in one of the best R&B bands ever.
I am a long time fan and amateur singer who dreams about singing soprano as well as Philip Bailey some day!
I always knew that you guys were different, and reading about the "concept" helped me to understand the spiritual side to Earth, Wind, and Fire.
May the future bring nothing but good to you and yours...
Thank you Phillip Bailey for writing this book. It answered a lot of questions I had always wondered about. "Wanna Thank You, Yeah......."
This book served also to fill in the cracks of in the information I knew about my favorite band. As bands go EWF was always a little more private and mysterious so Philip Bailey tells some of the stories that a loyal fan wishes to know and shares some spiritual views as well. Awesome read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the insight of EWF through the eyes of Phillip Bailey. EWF was and is my absolute favorite group for many reasons. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pamela Buggs
Sometimes as fans we only see the glitz,the glamour and the fame but as Phillip so honestly points out, there is always some pain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by rayed
EWF is my all time favorite group. Reading this has only made me love and appreciate them more..Thank you Mr. Bailey. looking forward to Maurice White's book....Published 2 months ago by B. Jones
Enjoyable book about Philip Bailey...Although short, it is very informative without being verbose..The bulk of the book is about the glory years of EWF.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Wilkinson
Great book. finally I know the history to my favorite band and the music. God bless Phillip Bailey and familyPublished 2 months ago by Booker T Foster
i have taken time to write reviews on phillip bailey and 12 years a slave (nov 15) and you always cut me off or you do not let me finish before you cut me off! check my inputs.Published 6 months ago by goldie
An excellent read! The perfect mix of Phillip sharing his personal life and the inner workings of EWF. What an amazing band and what a talented singer......the Voice!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Smitty
Excellent info,felt as if I was right there with the group when it was all taking place.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer