Maurice White: My Life with Earth, Wind and Fire is a 2016 Amistad publication. For all of his mysticism, he writes at length—and with greatest passion—about the need for organization and discipline. Maurice White, the founder, chief songwriter and producer, and co-lead vocalist of legendary R&B/funk/soul band Earth, Wind, and Fire, passed away in his sleep yesterday at the age of 74. is the story of a queen's desperate journey to secure peace, and the even greater journey to discover herself. Agent: Faith Childs, Faith Childs Literary. September 13th 2016 He was the founder, leader, main songwriter, and producer of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and served as the band's co-lead singer with Philip Bailey. Wow. Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at … I admire the fact he was able to stay clear of the drug culture in the industry. -- Publishers Weekly "My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire is the candid and intimate odyssey of a man whose music and ideology continues to have an immeasurable influence on artists and audiences worldwide." He bestrode Europe and Asia like a supernatural figure.In this succinct portrait of Alexander the Great, distinguished scholar and historian Norman Cantor illuminates the ... An adult fantasy tale that will surely resonate with young adult readers, Ashes to Fire ... An adult fantasy tale that will surely resonate with young adult readers, Ashes to Fire A bit biased since they are my favorite band, gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because for a non-musician and someone who has never played a musical instrument a lot of the technical information regarding music lost me. The author did a wonderful job in conveying Maurice White's character and voice - his beliefs, philosophy, and spirituality, while providing an interesting account of his life before, during and after EWF's success. This is a very satisfying book for any EWF fan, as White describes his overall philosophies about life and music. I listened to this book on audiobook and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Maurice White, the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at age 74. The book tells you how driven Maurice White was about having a successful band and how spiritual he was personally. He had Parkinson. I appreciated the philosophy and intentionality of the crafting of this band under the leadership of Maurice White and the willingness (and courage) to take creative risks. The writing here is very good - I didn't even realize there was a ghost writer until the end. Maurice White, founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire died on February 4, 2016. A wonderful insight into the mind and life of Maurice White. I had already loved the singles, "Think about love" and "Evil" but the album had me in love with almost every so. He founded the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire and served as its main songwriter and record producer, and as its co—lead singer. epic Balance Keepers series. Most of us, as human beings, think in images and words. It shows The determination and positivity they had due to Maurice. To me, this book even though well written, didn't have any joy in it, can't explain exactly what I mean. I will begin my review by admitting that I am about as biased as any reader can get. So, needless to say, I gobbled up this book. Up to 50% Off Select Toys and Collectibles, Knock Knock Gifts, Books & Office Supplies, B&N Exclusive Holiday Totes - $4.99 with Purchase, Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser, Alexander the Great: Journey to the End of, Ashes to Fire: Creatures of Light, Book 2, Balance Keepers, Book 1: The Fires of Calderon, Dave's Down-to-Earth Rock Shop: Classifying (MathStart 3 Series), Earth to Hell: Journey to Wudang: Book One, Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth. Maurice White was a revolutionary as so many other musicians at the time who could rely only on their wits and enormous talent, instrument playing and strong voices. There were numerous reasons why I have gravitated towards novels instead nonfiction. Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date. Though they came from different angles, I was taken by the fact of how, in a musical sense, Maurice's mind seemed to work in a similar fashion to George Clinton's. For me, the story was intimate, entertaining, and substantive. Earth, Wind & Fire was famous for spanning the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, and more. Geschichte Die Anfänge. Thanks to my late mother (the 2nd biggest fan), their music has been a part of the soundtrack of my life for 42 of the 47 years I've been on the planet. My Life with Earth Wind, and Fire is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to … Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died Thursday at his Los Angeles home. Internationally acclaimed author and teacher Rosemary Radford Ruether presents a sweeping ecofeminist theology that illuminates Maurice White, founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire died on February 4, 2016. by Amistad. I was challenged recently by a blog reader to read and review more nonfiction books. After I finished listening to 11 plus hours of this book, I became a little depressed and went to find something a little bit lighter. He also goes into detail about his childhood and the rise, fall, and eventual resurrection of EWF. Earth, Wind & Fire consisting of Fred White along with half-brother Maurice White, brother Verdine White, and other members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. A life well lived. White won seven Grammys, and was nominated for 21 Grammys in total. Although I've seen Earth, Wind and Fire 6 times in 40 years, I bought this autobiography because I really didn't know much about the band. His background was interesting from childhood thru the Ramsey Lewis trio days but nothing really meaningful about his loves, loneliness on the road, etc. For some reason this book was a little disappointing! I have alway loved EW&F since my high school years and that's about when the group started (1971-75) for me. Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder Maurice White died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published In 1976, Maurice White was nominated for the Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental Composition category for ‘Earth, Wind & Fire’. I will begin my review by admitting that I am about as biased as any reader can get. With its dynamic horns, contrasting vocals, and vivid stage shows, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late twentieth century—the band “that changed the sound of black pop” (Rolling Stone)—and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast. Maurice White was the visionary founder and mentor of Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the biggest-selling, most garlanded bands of all time. This book works as an excellent autobiography, in part, because it takes a person behind the scenes, to see how things evolved to their greatness. Got a 120+ songlist I will listen to during my workout today. I love that Maurice White knew what he wa. Most of us, as human beings, think in images and words. In 2016 he died in his sleep in his home in Los Angeles. White's brother and fellow Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine released a statement about Maurice's passing. He had a keen understanding of nearly every instrument in the band, and just knew what worked musically. Earth, Wind & Fire was famous for spanning the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, and more. Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died Wednesday in his Los Angeles home at the age of 74. Extermely enjoyable audiobook! His descriptions of how he wrote or co-wrote some of the world's most popu. “My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire is the candid and intimate odyssey of a man whose music and ideology continues to have an immeasurable influence on artists and audiences worldwide.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) “[The] musical elements [of Earth, Wind & Fire] would not … I enjoyed understanding the backstory, the relationships, and the spiritual and musical foundations. #EWFForever. The horn-driven band was known for 1970s hits such as "Shining Star" and "September." It is only through pushing himself to work hard in the face of disappointment and to remain positive and avoid the pitfalls of drugs that White can steer Earth, Wind & Fire to become the musical force it remains to this day. This is a very satisfying book for any EWF fan, as White describes his overall philosophies about life and music. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges. In 1969, drummer Maurice White had a pretty sweet gig. Am 19-12-1941 wurde Maurice White (Spitzname: ) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA geboren. White served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer along with Philip Bailey. I don't remember a time when their music wasn't a part of my life. I can honestly say I knew nothing about Earth, Wind, & Fire besides the music. His younger brother is still part of the band he founded. Maurice White formed the band in 1969 together with his younger brother Verdine. I learned that he really grew up in Memphis, TN, being born there, and raised by an older, non-relative lady whom he called “Mama.” This woman raised him from the time he was left by his biological mother at the age of 4, until he was 18 years old. Maurice White was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. Just because losing him feels like losing family and the hurt from his death, compounded by so many other greats this year, felt raw and fresh again. Photograph: Richard E Aaron/Getty Images At last, the band’s founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success. Als Sohn von Vater Verdine White Sr. und Mutter (?) Described as a "visionary" by Vibe and a "mastermind" by Variety, White was nominated for a total of 22 Grammys, of which he won seven. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges. -- Publishers Weekly "My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire is the candid and intimate odyssey of a man whose music and ideology continues to have an immeasurable influence on artists and audiences worldwide." Maurice Whites … I didn't go into reading this with any expectations, but I can say I'm glad I did. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. I had already loved the singles, "Think about love" and "Evil" but the album had me in love with almost every song! My Life with Earth Wind, and Fire is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to … Javascript is not enabled in your browser. For example, he spoke about his success without concentrating on its excess (how many cars or homes owned, or women slept with). For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. The man had a vision, he wanted to have positivity in his lyrics. https://www.vulture.com/2016/02/earth-wind-fires-maurice-white-dies-at-74.html I enjoyed reading the stories of how some of their best songs were written. I absolutely love this book and thank Maurice White for giving this book to the World, as he appropriately said to his as-told-to author, as his “final album.” I am so thankful that he had the foresight and wisdom to leave a printed-form document for us who loved him, and his music, as a final tribute and dedication. collectors will be fascinated by all there is to know about rocks and about classifying—sorting and organizing objects by attributes like color, shape, or size. “My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire is the candid and intimate odyssey of a man whose music and ideology continues to have an immeasurable influence on artists and audiences worldwide.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) “[The] musical elements [of Earth, Wind & Fire] would not … The Fires of Calderon is Book One in #1 New York Times bestselling author Lindsay Cummings’s He was 74. Earth Wind and Fire could not find a bigger fan than I am (maybe equal but not greater). If you've ever loved the music of Earth Wind and Fire, you will like this book. White’s health had declined in the last few months as a result of a long battle with Park… Read every word in two days. He was the founder, leader, main songwriter, and producer of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and served as the band's co-lead singer with Philip Bailey. How I have always loved Earth Wind and Fire. I was very excited to have the opportunity to read this book as EWF is one of my favourite groups of all time. Welcome to this autobiography by Maurice White, leader of my favorite group of all-time, Earth, Wind & Fire. To this very minute, if you look at my Top 25 songs on my iPod, at least 10+ of those songs will be by Earth Wind and Fire. My Life with Earth Wind, and Fire is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success, and whose faith enabled him to … Use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select. Start by marking “My Life with Earth, Wind, & Fire” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I was quite surprised to learn that Maurice WAS NOT born and raised in Chicago, though the city is a significant part of who he was. I remember as a kid hearing him say, if there ain't no beauty you have to make some beauty. Maurice White, of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, died in his sleep on Wednesday night (Feb. 3). I wanted to find out more about the creative genius that helped create the group that would influence my musical tastes for as long as I can remember--and I got that and so much more. I have been an Earth, Wind & Fire's biggest fan since 1973 (and will be him forever). And his words here provide one magical, mystery tour. Maurice White is one of America's music greatest treasures. I read Shining Star, this book is from the perspective of the bands founder, Maurice White. He is the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He married Marilyn and survived by her. This is theology that really matters.—Harvey Cox. For me, the story was intimate, entertaining, and substantive. What one gets with this book is a man who is not just a musical genius, but who took the time to both observe and learn all that he could about life, in general, and this just happens to come out in his music. (Sept.). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire in 2000. http://www.harpercollins.com/search-results?contributor=maurice-white, Illinois Music Museum on Route 66: The Road to Rock, New African American Histories and Biographies to Read Now. On top of that, he was a man that was able to hear a symbolic symphony in his head, where he seemed to hear what eventually came out as great songs inside of his head before he could spit them forth. I don't remember a time when their music wasn't a part of my life. I love that Maurice White knew what he wanted and never compromised his vision. Earth, Wind & Fire, a nine-piece band featuring the two White brothers, singer Philip Bailey and a distinctive horn section, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. ... Alexander's behavior was conditioned along certain lines — heroism, courage, strength, superstition, bisexuality, intoxication, cruelty. Photograph: Richard E Aaron/Getty Images Salty Peppers: Your Love is Life (on 7”, 1969) In this powerful and substantial memoir, White (who died in February 2016), the creative force behind Earth, Wind & Fire, shares the belief—in God, in himself, in the power of music—that helped him overcome an underprivileged childhood and institutional … Being born and growing up after their heyday, I didn't really understand how innovative they were. As a person, Maurice reminded me of myself in so many ways -- a driven introvert who gets lost in the creativity and art and is forced to deal with the business...but finds the balance, somehow. So, for me as an individual, I am in awe of the geniuses who think in sounds, both in particles and in comprehensive wholes. We’d love your help. White keeps his personal life closely guarded, but he addresses his failures with self-deprecating honesty. No monthly commitment. I enjoyed learning all about Maurice White, EWF, and all the many. “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. This biography informs readers of everything they may know, would like to know and should know of Earth, Wind & Fire's formation. All of this he learned by hard knocks, by coming up with no favors and learning as he went, keen on observing and recording all that he experienced. only in passing. ©1997-2021 Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, Foreword by Steve Harvey and afterword by David Foster. Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read celebrity bios. He owned two housing properties, in caramel Valley and LA. The memoir captures a life of determination, positivity, and success tempered by depth and humility. 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