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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (12 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455512621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455512621
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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She created the soundtrack of our lives. Now, at last, she tells the stories behind the music. Here is the long-awaited memoir from one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents Carole King.

From her beginnings as a teenage song-writer who hid from the spotlight to her first time timidly singing lead in front of an audience to her present-day stateus as a consummate pro performing her beloved songs in front of thousands, King chronicles her extraordinary career, taking readers deep into the world of music from the 1960s through to today.

Woven throughout are King's deeply personal and revealing descriptions of her childhood in Brooklyn, her experiences as a young bride and then young mother, her subsequent moves all over America, and the relationships with men and fellow muscians that shaped who she is and why she is the artist, mother and woman she is today.

Enthralling and insightful, A Natural Woman is truly a front-row seat to to the woman behind the legend.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By igsy on 11 Oct. 2012
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an excellent read from a carole king fan,knowing where her songs came from,the kind of life she led was interesting.a must read for her fans
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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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I went to see Beautiful on my birthday and in reviews someone mentioned there was a book so I got it from Amazon on Kindle. I have just finished reading it and find it hard to realise that we only think of Carol as a singer but she did so many other things, and yet was a good mother even making their clothes. I did not know a lot of the musicians mentioned but was pleased when I did. I am just a year younger so felt some camaraderie. It is a really good read and I am going to put it in my cloud for my husband to read as he knows more about music and songs than me. Also see the show it is fabulous.
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By MvonK on 7 May 2014
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What's not to like about this book, Carole King is a legend and her music will travel for years behond her.
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By Stephen Coyne on 1 July 2013
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This is a very interesting summary of Carole's life and achievements. It was very personal and, hence, quirky. She did say herself that it was a memoir rather than a detailed summary. She writes engagingly and is suitably discrete about her relationships, whilst still being honest about her bad choices (in men!). She is very honest about her own fears and probably underates herself as a writer and a performer.

I could have done with a bit less detail about her land dispute in Idaho but, that apart, I enjoyed it immensely.
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By T BATES on 20 Jun. 2013
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I love Carole King and her music but as a child of the sixties I was interested in her work with the other songwriters such as Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield as well as Gerry Goffin. However her nod to Neil (Oh Carole!) Sedaka was so minimal as to be non-existant and here mention of Howard was that she was honoured to have a song she & Howie wrote recorded by the Everly Bros. Otherwise a honest account of a working songwriter. For me it should have been done in volumes with a whole boo dedicated to the sixties. Carole?
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