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Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon & the Journey of a Generation | [Sheila Weller]

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon & the Journey of a Generation

Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic generation known as "the 60s" - the female version. Filled with the voices of dozens of these women's intimates, this alternating biography reads like a novel. Except it's all true.
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Publisher's Summary

Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct: King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Mitchell is the granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust.

Collectively, they represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic generation known as "the 60s" - the female version - but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché.

The history of the women of that generation had never been written - until now - and it is told through the resonant lives and emblematic songs of Mitchell, Simon, and King.

Filled with the voices of dozens of these women's intimates, this alternating biography reads like a novel - except it's all true, and the heroines are famous and beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced portrayal, enriched by a wealth of new information.

Girls Like Us is an epic treatment of midcentury women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them: confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul.

©2008 Kellwell Inc.; (P)2008 Tantor

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"An exhilarating look at three of the most creative talents of their era....Wonderfully detailed." (The Boston Globe)

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    John Dona Ana, NM, USA 09-19-09
    John Dona Ana, NM, USA 09-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Well Worth The Read"

    This book grabs you in the first chapter and simply does not let go. And, as I was approaching the end I was actually beginning to wonder how she was going to 'wrap it up' so to speak. The books ends with a feeling much like you feel after you've had a wonderful day and you lay down on your bed at night and when your head hits the pillow, you think, 'wow, what a nice day!' Then you fall asleep and have nice dreams all night. This is a great read.

    The meat and potatoes of this book is in the telling. Sheila Weller hit a home run on this one. It is great women's history. She brings the distance of a historian and the philosophical overview of someone who has deeply considered her topic. So much of this book made me feel like I was privy to a conversation with someone intimately familiar with details and intelligent enough to have considered the details and explained them without sounding like they were just regurgitating facts. What she showed here is that when you are in the middle of a revolution it is virtually impossible to see or be aware of the many different facets of the revolution. If you go back and study it, after it is over, it is possible to see the interplay between one side and another and see how two or three different and unrelated aspects interacted and helped intensify the revolutionary fire. This is what Sheila Weller did in this book. She did it with such clarity that the reader is able to see the subtle interactions between the poets and industry of a society going through change. This book gives presents a candid view into a 30 year segment of three women in American society. I am sure this book will be a corner stone of reading about the past another 30 years from now. Sheila Weller - wow - fantastic writing; fantastic overview.

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 04-30-09
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 04-30-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Everything you wanted to know"

    Great book. At times to much detail but great research. Wonderful reader. Great listen about our social evolution the last 40 years also. I always thought of these women as my fantasy girlfriends and it was a pleasure to finally "get to know them".

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    Seemuth Waukesha, WI, United States 08-07-11
    Seemuth Waukesha, WI, United States 08-07-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Overall, a disappointment"

    I'm in too far to give up now. This book is so long--it easily could have had all the necessary info contained in a book half the size. The lead up to Carole's relationship with Rick 1 was way too long, and, "who are these guys?" I thought maybe part of a different book had mistakenly been added. Yikes.

    The reader's reading of the song lyrics, Really? It would have been nice to have clips of the actual songs. And after 18 hours, the reader's voice is really getting to me.

    I agree, TMI about the sexual relationships and the reports of venereal disease.

    I love the music of all these woman and what I DID like was the back story to many of the songs.


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