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Tori Amos: Piece by Piece Hardcover – February 8, 2005

4.4 out of 5 stars 95 ratings

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

After over a decade of making big-selling albums, but also being pigeonholed as an eccentric New Age princess, singer/songwriter Amos redefines her image in this appealing mishmash (coauthored with critic and Experience Music Project curator Powers) of her essays, quotes from her conversations with Powers and oral history observations from her band mates, husband, managers and friends. Readers may still find a few sprinklings of fairy dust in the proceedings, but Amos comes across as thoughtful, likable and witty, fully aware of her role as a female musician in the mainstream pop world yet determined to keep her work true to her spiritual and feminist perspectives. The book's structure lets Amos and Powers retain elements of a traditional biography--they candidly detail Amos's family history, her shaky entry into the music business, her relationships with formal religion and her multiple miscarriages before giving birth to her daughter--but it sidesteps a straightforward "this is my life" story line and lets Amos focus on how her experiences have shaped her songs. Powers and Amos also discuss practical issues about the music business and the roles female artists can take--or sometimes can't take--in controlling their public personae. With undoubted appeal to Amos's legion of fans, the book could offer additional interest to artists of all stripes, who may find reflections of their own experiences in hers. Illus. Agents, the Bridge Entertainment Group and Sarah Lazin. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Amos' music is the stuff of legend, literally: haunting music paired with lyrics that often mix mythology with the deeply personal. Her first book is a series of conversations between herself and journalist Ann Powers, with contributions from the people closest to her, such as her husband and the members of her band. The conversations run the gamut: Amos muses on everything from mythology and religion to songwriting to the hardships and joys of touring. But what really makes the book brilliant is Amos' interest in examining the roots of creativity and femininity. Her ruminations on creativity will resonate with any artist who has ever felt a kind of divine inspiration. Her observations about the challenge of the reconciling of the sexual and the sacred in women are equally astute. Amos also reveals a great deal about her personal history and family influences, from the maternal grandfather who shared rich Cherokee stories with her to the paternal grandmother who sought to control Amos' behavior through religion. Amos frankly discusses finding her own space and power in a world full of mixed messages and judgmental attitudes. Fans will also particularly enjoy the sections in which Amos analyzes the specific inspirations for several of her songs. Not just utterly engrossing, Amos' book is inspiring. Kristine Huntley
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Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
  • Hardcover : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 076791676X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0767916769
  • Publisher : Broadway (February 8, 2005)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.28 x 8.3 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 95 ratings
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