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Tori Amos: Piece by Piece [Hardcover]

Ann Powers Tori Amos
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; First Edition edition (8 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076791676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767916769
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight 5 April 2005
By A Customer
If you are looking for the "I was born, grew up and played piano" type book this is not the book for you. This is more of a recording of thoughts as noted by Ann Powers. There are sections where Tori writes by herself and Ann also makes her comments. There is also the bonus of Tori's nearest and dearest talking to Ann about Tori.
Tori shows that she is a well-read and very articulate person with a wonderful way of explaining how her songs come to her, how she feels about life as wife and mother whilst touring and recording.
Tori paints a wonderfully colourful picture as she references ancient Godesses and history to compare stages in her life. She is every bit the self-proclaimed "lioness" and "Demeter".
With her articulate and expressive way of talking/writing I guarantee that you will be laughing and crying as the stages of her life are unfolded.
A must read for all Toriphiles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual autobiography 4 Aug 2005
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Just as Tori's music is very original, so too is this autobiography. Although she does include details about her personal life and her more public life as an artist, this biography also looks at how her creative process works. How does she get the ideas for her songs, and once this has happened, how does she do the music? This really is a look at what it can mean to be a woman in the music industry. Like many women, Tori is at once a daughter, mother, wife and career woman - how does she cope with all these different aspects of her life, and how has motherhood changed her perspective, if at all?
To attempt to answer such questions, Tori does look at her childhood and the beginning of her career. Along with Tori's own thoughts and reflections, the book also has insights from people close to her - her husband, members of her band, and Ann Powers, a music journalist, also includes her own thoughts.
One of the most interesting chapters for me was chapter 2, "Mary Magdalene: The Erotic Muse". In this chapter she includes a few lines of a song she never released:
"I have 50 hearts, they're all in 50 different drawers
When you come calling I always put the purple one on
If I dumped all 50 out on the living room floor
would you say clean up the mess before I get home?"
This particularly struck me as I often feel that as a woman I sometimes have to hide all the different aspects of my personality in order to please others. The chapter as a whole really made me think about what she was trying to get across, and I have never been a raging feminist! Tori just seems to have a way of saying things that feel familiar.
This is a great addition to the collection of any Tori fan. It really shows that is a very educated, intelligent woman who is complex and intriguing. I devoured it just before seeing her live for the first time on her Original Sinsuality tour and I still, and always will, treasure it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled by the Autobiography Moniker 31 July 2005
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As always, Tori Amos blows raspberries at what is classed as 'the norm' and 'acceptable'; which, let's face it, is why we all love her. This book is fascinating in that it gives a snapshot of the artist, it is like visiting with her, and hearing friends and family speak about numerous incidents, quite unlike any other auto/biography I've ever read before. Don't expect a straightforward narrative description: you obviously don't know Tori that well if you do. Oh no, this book follows details in her career, and her life, and highlights some inspirations in her songwriting, particularly the album, The Beekeeper,which was being made at the same time. A fascinating read for those of you with the b**ls to tell the industry and institution where to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tori Amos 12 Feb 2005
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Ms. Amos, known for her music as well as her contribution to RAIN, a web site dealing with abused women has given to us a powerful book on her life, the meanings behind the words she writes for her music and does so with beautifully eloquent grace.
It is part memoir and part musical prose.
This is a must read for everyone.
Other great reads include: Nightmares Echo by Katlyn Stewart and If I Knew Then by Amy Fisher
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