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  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (31 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611133637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611133639
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you've ever wanted to walk alongside a world class musician . . . this is your starting point . . . well worth the read. Just be wary not to be found singing too loudly, too badly and in public (Cerys Matthews The Times)

I read her memoir exclaiming, 'Oh, did she write that?' again and again (Daily Mail)

King's story is a valuable addition to the story of American rock and pop (Sunday Express)

What a memoir, intelligent, honest, self-effacing, well-written (Independent) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The long-awaited memoir from one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents. She created the soundtrack of our lives.. At last, she shares hers

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Madame Cholet on 23 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book covers Carole King's career and private life from her teens to her seventies.

It covers a lot of ground - some expected: her collaborations with Gerry Goffin, her songwriting and recording successes; and also some areas not expected - being the abused wife of her third husband. Her admissions are brave and heartfelt - she never dreamed that she would ever find herself in that position and found herself following the classic pattern of denial and estrangement from friends until one day she had an experience that brought her to her senses and enabled her to fight back.

She also tells the story of her life out in the wilds as a a homesteader and the battle she fought to keep her land private - leading to the end of her 4th marriage.

Carole opens up about her life and relationships and how these influenced her songwriting. Her 4 children are a prominent part of her life and in the book she comes across as a really caring mother who really didn't want fame for herself as a recording star, but as a songwriter for other people.

The book is laced with recollections of the people she met and knew such as James Taylor, Lou Adler, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles ( she had a particularly odd experience with John Lennon)and is an excellent nostalgic rememberance for anyone who was young in the 60's and 70's. She was part of the post-war generation that sought the freedoms that shaped the 60's and 70's - free love, drugs etc - and it's all there.

There are full references to the songs mentioned in the text and a full index which make it also useful as a reference book should you so wish.

I found the book was written with a nice easy style and touches of both humour and honesty which opened up the woman for the world to see.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. on 23 April 2013
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Carole King, who often with Gerry Goffin (her husband for some time) and often without, wrote so many popular songs for other people to sing in the late Fifties, through the Sixties and into the Seventies, until eventually she was persuaded against her will to sing on stage and then record. Those of us who loved her recording of "It might as well rain until September", probably did not realise that she recorded that as a demo hoping Bobby Vee or some other star would record it to make it popular. She did it on her own. The song reached the Top Ten here. The book is her autobiography and is gripping as she details the way to the top. However for me, it tails off when she is eulogising so much on James Taylor. Also for me, there is a little bit too much detail about the creation of songs. But if like me, you have long admired this so talented lady, then it is all here for you to read. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By annieeeeeeeee on 25 Jun. 2013
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I cannot put this book down. Carole King's story is fascinating in all ways. To a music lover like myself, it offers a glimpse into the history, motivations and struggles of a master songwriter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Cloake on 22 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
Bought this in hardback last autumn and enjoyed every page. Carole King and her music has always been an interest to me and would fully recommend this to anyone. Great read!!!
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If she were ever tempted to bring out a revised edition of her memoir, I would like to know more about her relationship with Goffin. He died in 2014, just after the book was written. I think her restraint was in deference to him being alive, and also as he was the father of her first two children. What went really went wrong with her marriage to Lakey? Her explanation was not very convincing. But again, a father to her two youngest children. Her description of her relationship with the 'chancer' Rick Evers was the highlight of the book. And her alternative life-style in Idaho, the strangest! A revised edition would have drastically pruned the ill-judged dispute with the locals! And did she really have to mention everyone she ever worked with, or political event that happened in her lifetime? For the Carole King 'anoraks', detailed background to the songs would be a bonus, but to others (me) not so riveting! Her generous, warm, energetic, honest personality shone through, but her impulsiveness often lead to unfortunate relationships! Fortunately, all ended happily.
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I know it's a kind of bemusing to us 50 somethings and those in the know, but, as every home has (or should have) a copy of Tapestry, they now should also have a copy of this book.

Its cards on the table, truth, facts warts and all abut this truly gifted writer and performer there is NOTHING that I can say or add to what has been written and said about Carole that I can improve on.

It's there physically in print and words rather than just in a cut groove pressed in PVC. You hear the sound and now for everyone you see and read the words. Long, long over due. You fall in love with Carole all over again and Tapestry has to go on the Turntable again!

What a book you won't want to put it down and a great shame when it has to end. Flawless in every detail.
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Like many in the fifty five plus generation I feel as if Carole King has contributed a great deal to the soundtrack of my life. 'Tapestry' in particular is just one of the 'must have' albums for anyone who was a child of the mid 60's/70's. With that in mind it was a pleasure to read such a well written account of someone who contributed so much and yet remains totally grounded, humble and apparently devoid of any bitterness or anger which, heaven knows she has every right to feel, towards certain individuals. I was engrossed from beginning to end and all that stops me providing a five is the surprising lack of any extended reference to Neil Sedaka.
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