A Natural Woman Paperback – 7 Feb 2013
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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)
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 hersSee all Product Description
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It's an easy read written by someone who still thinks she's a natural woman.
I think she is too,
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having known little about Carole King other than Tapestry and some of the great hits she wrote for others in the 1960s, this book gives a fascinating insight into her life. Read morePublished 15 days ago by J. Johnston
Just as I rate her music as 5 Stars, I do the same with Carole King's autobiography. The paperback copy I bought came from the UK, and the quotes from newspapers on the front- and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by E.H-57
Really enjoyed reading it what a talent, sad about her brother haven't finished reading it so don't know if she mentioned him again .Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I got half way through. and really have no interest in reading any more. Dull.Published 7 months ago by acclivity
A Christmas present....which I just had to read first!!! An interesting read.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Margaret C. Langan