The late Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir that captures the heart and soul of an artist whose groundbreaking sound continues to influence music today. With a foreword by David Foster.
With its dynamic horns, contrasting vocals, and vivid stage shows, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late twentieth century—the band "that changed the sound of black pop" (Rolling Stone)—and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast. At last, the band's founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success.
White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he's endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was four; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at eighteen and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming EWF, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson's; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges.
My Life with Earth Wind, and Fire is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to savor every moment.
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"The pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco band Earth, Wind & Fire is the subject of this detailed memoir by band member Maurice White. Dion Graham performs this autobiography with a smooth reading that echoes the rhythms of the band. Lyrics, poems, and music are intertwined with descriptions of this influential musician's life. From his youth in Memphis to his adult years in Chicago, White was part of the music scene, drumming and beating his way from backup band to stardom. Graham's deep-voiced reading throbs with music, especially when he recites words to White's songs. His narration is as smooth as the band's music. Throughout his career, White worked with the big names in jazz and blues, developing his own sound. Graham captures his sound and polish with every word he intones. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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