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 20th century - the band "that changed the sound of black pop" (Rolling Stone) - and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay Z, CeeLo 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 18 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, & 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.
©2016 Maurice White (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
What a tribute to a great man, when I think of the word history I look at it as two singular words His Story! Being an Earth Wind Fire learner over the years utilizing EWF music as the soundtrack of my life and musical aspirations, I must say that this last presentation is befitting of no word less than awesome! I feel like Maurice himself just shared with me his life story and musical journey, and for that I will be forever grateful!
This is the first time I have read a memoir. So I can say it's the best memoir I have ever read.
All the moments where he gives details on the production of one of my favorite songs.
After a while I felt like Maurice was there. Loved it.
Just the overall feeling on how the band was conceived and built.
To me EWF remains the best, most important and most influential musical act of my lifetime. This book gives great insight into how this was achieved. Highly recommended.
I love EWF music. I love going to their concerts when they come to town. Maurice White is one of my favorite vocalists.
I bought this audiobook to finally get an inside look at this musical genius. I want to share this book with my sons. Maurice provides such a positive outlook on life and music. Maurice is Earth, Wind & Fire. I loved this book. I'll be purchasing a hardcover. I'll be listening to this again soon. I love Audible.
the story is one of faith truth honesty mysticism the man was open about his life as much as he could be I will apply some of the things that he used as ingredients for his success and I love her he was so articulated and so sure of how he felt about what he was going to do for Earth Wind & Fire thank you Maurice White you are so wonderful thank you for the words in the story with the songs that affected my life as I was growing up as a young girl I will always hold this book deer thank you
This autobiography of the legendary Leader & Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire is astounding! It just took you down a journey of Maurice's life to the milestones of how he was able to keep such a supergroup up on its success. Grade: A+
This audio book will satisfy true R&B music lovers who have always wanted a look into the mind of the musical founder & genius behind Earth Wind & Fire, Maurice White. Dione Grham gives a warm sinciere and earnest narration. This audio book is compelling and exciting to hear the back story behind pop music's most thrilling hits of the 70's.
Maurice talks about them all from Shining Star to After the Love Has Gone and September and so many more. This audio book is a non-stop listen!
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