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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933784679
  • ASIN: B005MWMOAK
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., known to his friends as "Q," is the most prolific individual music producer and creative force in American popular culture. He is the visionary behind Thriller and Michael Jackson's solo career, the compositional master of more than 33 film scores, the patron producer of Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith, the founder and CEO of Qwest Records and Broadcasting, a platinum selling musician, and the all time Grammy nominee. As a paragon humanitarian he was the major supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Operation Breadbasket, a founding member of the Institute for Black American Music and the Black Arts Festival, and is creator of the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, which works to build homes in Africa and educate children in global conflict zones. Jones currently resides in Los Angeles and at the age of 74 works tirelessly as a versatile performer, producer, philanthropist, and impresario. Quincy Jones' talents are legendary, his compassion universal, and his life too much for words.

Preface by Maya Angelou
Foreword by Clint Eastwood
Introduction by Bono

From The Washington Post

From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com The Complete Quincy Jones By Quincy Jones. Insight Editions. 141 pp. $45 Born in Chicago in 1933, Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., was one of eight children. After moving to Seattle with his father when he was 10, he learned to sing and play the piano and alto sax. When big bands started coming through town -- Count Basie, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington -- he was there. "This is where I want to live for the rest of my life," he decided. "And I want to be an arranger and composer." As this book -- a cornucopia of memorabilia -- demonstrates, he did all that and then some. Throughout his dazzling career, Jones conducted and arranged music for Frank Sinatra and Count Basie; produced Lesley Gore's It's My Party, Michael Jackson's Thriller and USA for Africa's We Are the World; and composed music for The Bill Cosby Show and Roots and the movies In Cold Blood and The Color Purple. He influenced not only the entire music industry, but film, television, philanthropy and social activism. As Clint Eastwood says in his foreword, "The legacy he'll leave to the world is genuinely tremendous."
Copyright 2008, The Washington Post. All Rights Reserved.

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I purchased this book with a birthday present gift card.
Kim D. Smith
This book gives the reader and amazingly deep view of all parts of this amazing man's life and in doing so I find new depth in all of his work.
Shpeeen
Any music fan should have this because it is not just Q's history but music's history as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim D. Smith on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book with a birthday present gift card. It is beyond fabulous. The personal memorabilia that he has placed in the book is reproduced so well, that it seems like you actually have the real things at your disposal. I was so excited when I purchased the book and I was not disappointed at all. I am a great admirer of Mr. Jones because he is not only a musician and producer, but also, a composer and arranger. He defies stereotypes for African American musicians, yet he is quintessentially African American. He has embraced and arranged/composed for all musical mediums. He has no limits to his reach and creativity. I have several biographies on musicians and this is by far the best one. The combination of pictures, writing, and memorabilia help to create an "experience" that goes beyond just reading a bio, or just looking at a coffee table book. I highly recommend the book to all fans of Quincy Jones, and to those who want to get a glimpse of how he collaborated with musicians and entertainers across all genres. I would also recommend the book to young musicians who aspire to greatness, they can get a glimpse of how great a life a musician and a committed humanitarian can have. "Q" is most definitely an American Icon and a national treasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cherie57 on January 12, 2009
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I saw Quincy Jones in an interview on Tavis Smiley to promote this book. As soon as the interview was over I ordered this book for my husband, a Quincy Jones fan. This book is AMAZING! It is like a scrapbook of his life with reproduced items from his entire musical career. It is as unique as the musician, producer, composer it celebrates. This is truly a must have!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Nguyen on August 6, 2009
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I do admire the man and his genius work. But the truth that I bough this book because of Michael Jackson. There was part that Quincy recalled about the making of Thriller and his time with Michael Jackson. Also, the story behind "We Are The World". Thank you Quincy for bringing out the best of Michael Jackson and many other artists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Mehagian on February 1, 2009
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If you love Quincy Jones, you will flip over this book. Q has opened up his life and shares the most amazing collection of memorabilia from his unbelievably exciting life. And the book is interactive. You can actually retrieve his report card from the music school he attended (need I say he got mostly A's), see the sheet music from "We Are The World" complete every participant's signature, along with Ray Charles' thumbprint. The personal letters are touching and the photos a trip down memory lane. Quincy has met EVERYONE! A truly magnificent coffee table book that will be enjoyed by every generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Fouche on January 30, 2009
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This is a wonderful review of his life. It has the actual copies of notesm music and other important information. I purchased one for myself and then order two (2) more for my son and son-in-law.

Great for gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shpeeen on August 1, 2010
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Having spent most of my adult lifetime in the music industry and as well having worked for almost twenty years at WB, involved (promotion) in a number of Quincy Jones' projects, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the man, his music and his career. After spending quality time with this book, I stand corrected. This book gives the reader and amazingly deep view of all parts of this amazing man's life and in doing so I find new depth in all of his work. Regardless of your musical preferences, this is a must read book and one you will return to again and again long after your first read through...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bell on February 26, 2010
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This was bought for my mother for Mother's Day. She is the reason why music is a passion of mine. We both know that Q is the top music maestro of all time. I skimmed through it and plan to also get the book for myself. A great coffee table conversation piece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Paresa on April 6, 2009
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Fantastic book. What an amazing man. All the little extras really make it feel like his own personal scrapbook.
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