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Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation

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ISBN13: 9780743491488
ISBN10: 0743491483
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A groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists — Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon — charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time.

Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation — female version — but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written — until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.

Filled with the voices of many dozens of these women's intimates, who are speaking in these pages for the first time, this alternating biography reads like a novel — except it's all true, and the heroines are famous and beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced portrayal enriched by a wealth of new information.

Girls Like Us is an epic treatment of midcentury women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them — confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul.

Synopsis:

"Girls Like Us" is a groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists--Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell--and offers an epic treatment of these mid-century women who dared to break tradition.

About the Author

Sheila Weller is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of five previous books, most recently her 2003 family memoir, Dancing at Ciro's, which The Washington Post called "a substantial contribution to American social history." She is the senior contributing editor at Glamour, a contributor to Vanity Fair, and a former contributing editor of New York

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Kristina Mageau, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
This book reveals a story about three fantastic female musicians, their struggles, their triumphs, their hard times, and their glory days.
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RichardWeissman, May 27, 2009 (view all comments by RichardWeissman)
The book provides many interesting details about the intersections of the careers of these three singer-songwriters. It fails to deal with some of the contradictions of their lives with the feminist movement. For example, why do virtually all of Carole King's songs include a male protagonist? James Taylor, Bob Dylan and others write about women, but it isn't their exclusive concern.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743491488
Author:
Weller, Sheila
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Rock musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
music; folksongs; sixties; rock star; celebrity; hippie; singer; award-winning; Summer of Love; Woodstock; Grammy; Janis Joplin; the Beatles;
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Girls Like Us" is a groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists--Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell--and offers an epic treatment of these mid-century women who dared to break tradition.
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