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Change of Seasons: A Memoir Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 28, 2017
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"His story stands on its own, and it’s one that Oates delights in telling. . . . A charming, almost breezy retrospective. . . . Change Of Seasons is Oates’ moment in the spotlight, which he handles with aplomb." ―AV Club
"Change of Seasons is not the Hall and Oates story; it’s the John Oates story (he’s kept diaries for decades), and one is struck not only by how talented he was but how hard he worked at it. It took lots of effort to look that smooth to the tune of 80 million copies." ―Austin American-Statesman
"[A] fascinating memoir. . . . Highly recommended for fans of Hall & Oates and those interested in how much work it takes to be a hit act in the music business." ―Library Journal
"Oates offers a memoir that might lead even his greatest critics to revisit the ’80s icons. . . . Charm and curiosity distinguish him from the standard-issue pop star....Plenty of entertaining anecdotes on such topics as having Hunter S. Thompson for a neighbor." ―Publishers Weekly
"An exceedingly entertaining, somewhat rueful chronicle of his life . . . . Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, and Edgar Winter all make appearances." ―Booklist, starred review
"Oates has reason to boast, but his prose is workmanlike and modest; more than anything else, he comes off as a fan of many artists of the day, from the Beatles to the Temptations and the earliest manifestations of Elton John and David Bowie. There’s some Zelig-like right-place, right-time things happening here, too, such as a residence at LA’s famed Tropicana Motel: as he writes, nicely, 'can’t say I wasn’t blown away by the fabulousity of it all because I was.' There’s some sex and drugs along with the rock ’n’ roll, but Oates emerges, like Hall, as a pretty sensible guy who recognized when he was going off the rails; in the end, he emerges as a seeker not of pleasure but of wisdom . . . Oates’ musical admirers will find much to like here." ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
JOHN OATES grew up outside of Philadelphia in the early ‘50s. At Temple University, he met fellow musician Daryl Hall. Since the two formed Hall & Oates in the early ‘70s, they have recorded 21 albums which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. John lives in Nashville and Colorado.
CHRIS EPTING is an author and award-winning journalist who has written for many publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Loudwire.
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If you have seen any of John's solo shows, he is such a great story-teller. He tends to write as he speaks so it seems he's telling you the story. I kept catching myself smiling while reading. ;)
Reading Change of Seasons confirmed how John, & Daryl for that matter, fully immerse themselves in any undertaking & John has been a very integral part of the process. Both dedicated to keeping the music first & foremost.
All in all, to me this memoir is… yet "another good road to follow" & leaves you with anticipation of more to come.
Anyway, you will learn all sorts of unexpected things about John in this book! Just do yourself a favor and buy this book and you will not be disappointed. Also, have Daryl Hall & John Oates' music catalog handy because as you hear the stories behind some of your favorite songs, you are going to want to listen to those songs immediately. Even though you have probably heard these songs hundreds of times, once you know the backstories, the songs will sound even better, if that is even possible.
Thank you, John and Chris, for this wonderful book, and I hope the "To be continued..." means we can look forward to another book in the near future.
For those who were "disappointed" that it wasn't the H&O story, well it isn't and nowhere did it ever say it was! Of course there are some great stories, but that isn't the focus of the book. In this day and age of everything being so short lived and disposable it is so refreshing to me that John and Daryl still tour together and play great music together. But I can imagine for them it is frustrating for so many people to still not realize that they are separate people with separate interests and lives, I suspect much like how identical twins must feel.
Overall I very much enjoyed Change of Seasons and look forward to the next one that picks up where this one left off.