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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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Just holding the book in your hands, you'll see that the page edges are jagged. It's a sensory invitation to open to anywhere in the book and read the nearest self-contained narrative. Collaborator Chris Epting does a fantastic job of organizing these stories that happen to be in chronological order. You can pick up reading anywhere and drop off anywhere. Interestingly, luminaries of staggering magnitude are mentioned throughout the stories as mere props. That gives the reader the sense of how rarefied the air got along the way. Still, this book's subject (John) is a thoughtful and articulate man of substance. His storytelling is authentic; direct, honest, and funny in unexpected turns. As an example, John wrote a foreword essay about the mystique of the mustache for another book, which is reprinted in this one. You must read it-it's really good. John Oates is a superb writer!
The memoir is written with classy disposition: no judgements (except on himself), no bomb-dropping, and no dragging through mud. What surprisingly little direct reference to Daryl Hall there is here is either a sage moment or is funny. Exactly what my ten-year-old self (when I became a fan) would have wanted. Very gratifying. As seemingly lengthy as the book is, it reads at a very nice clip. Nothing daunting or tedious in the text, which may be another attaboy to Chris Epting. Also, this book feels complete unto itself. You won't at all feel as though anything (Daryl Hall) is missing. A book wouldn't be a book without a sense of building tension, climax, and resolution. It's deftly subtle at first, but then you'll see it, and the book follows through with a smooth landing. John's more recent accounts of life in Colorado vaguely remind me of the work of Chris Kimball's Swearing Hill news. The stories are eclectic, real, and hospitably engaging.
If you're a fan of Daryl Hall and John Oates, like reading biographies and listening to some fantastic musicians, or just need something to read on a long flight, get this book. Deeply enjoyable and highly recommended.
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