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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books (Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385488963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385488969
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With the help of his friends, Jones has composed a life story that gives much more than the typical celebrity memoir.

there aren't many musicians who came of age in the bebop era who relate with equal ardor to the hip-hop world, making this possibly the only book that fans of Duke Ellington and Tupac Shakur alike might agree on (Entertainment Weekly)

"a life story that gives much more than the typical celebrity memoir" - Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

an appealingly convivial blur of deal-making, celebrity anecdotes and professional comebacks (The New Yorker) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The long-awaited autobiography of one of the most successful black entrepreneurs of our times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Kirwan on 27 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the autobiography of world remowned jazz musician, composer and producer Quincy Jones. Recounting his rags to riches story,through his love of music and the many women who shared his bed and fathered his children. It is a tale of optimism where hard work and staying true to your beliefs will reap rewards. He calls French dignitry and past American presidents his friends and has partied and played hard with the best of them. His troubled childhood with a mentally-ill and misunderstood mother who left his life at a young age to enter a mental hospital and drifted in and out of his life until her death at 95yrs old, to the hard-working and gentle father that tried his best in difficult times. His life-long affection and love of his brother Lloyd and his heartbreaking struggle with cancer.His own life-saving brain operations and breakdown. His love for 5 different women who fathered his 7 children. Producing the mega hit album 'Thriller' with Michael Jackson, scoring 'The Color Purple'.It is all accounted for here. The problem that I had with this book is the constant name-dropping. He must have re-counted everyone he knows here and then some. It interrupts the flow of the story and I found myself skipping through the sentences that are full of names. The other issue that I have is that, he admits to being a serial adulterer but never really acknowledges the pain and heartbreak that that leaves behind both for the spouce and the children involved. He does admit to shutting down emotionally when trouble errupts which may explain why he finds the words hard to lay bare on paper. For these two reasons, it looses 2 stars for me. On the plus side, his optimism is infectious and I am sure he is good company and a good friend to have. I have learned much more about the man from reading this, which can't be a bad thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indy Fan on 30 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
After watching a documentary on Quincy Jones, I really wanted to read his autobiography. The book goes into a lot more detail than the documentary especially when talking about his relationship with his family. Would definately recommend this to any fan of music, whether jazz, pop or hip hop. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs B on 2 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this for my husband and he loved it. Condition was quite good. A few annotations and someone had written on the outside of the book pages, but the buyer had said this was the case and it didn't affect the contents! Interesting reading. What a talented man.
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Love this, Quincy Jones IS one of the All time Greatest Record Producers. Multi Talented, and Gammy Award Winning, make this a great Read
I would definately recoomend
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Without doubt the best autobiography of a musician I have ever read. Also unusual as the chapters alternate with ones written by other musicians. I was touched and amazed by what Quincy has achieved. Cannot recommend highly enough.
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