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From the Grammy Awardand#8211;nominated singer, drummer, and percussionist who has shared the stage with countless musicians and is renowned for her contributions throughout the music industry, a moving memoir about the healing power of music inspired by five decades of life and love on the stage.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Sheila E., born Sheila Escovedo in 1957, picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three, inspired by her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo. Two years later, she delivered her first solo performance to a live audience. By nineteen, she had fallen in love with Carlos Santana. By twenty-one, she met Prince.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Beat of My Own Drumandlt;/Iandgt; is both a walk through four decades of Latin and pop musicand#8212;from her tours with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Prince, and Ringo Starrand#8212;to her own solo career. At the same time, itand#8217;s also a heartbreaking, ultimately redemptive look at how the sanctity of music can save a personand#8217;s life. Having endured sexual abuse as a child, Sheila credits her parents, music, and God with giving her the will to carry on and to build a lasting legacy.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Rich in musical detail, pop and Latin music history from the and#8217;70s and and#8217;80s, and Sheilaand#8217;s personal story, this memoir is a unique glimpse into a drummerand#8217;s singular lifeand#8212;a treat for both new and longtime fans of Sheila E. And above all, it is a testament to how the positive power of music serves as the heartbeat of her life.

Review:

"In this extraordinary story of talent and drive overcoming the damages of early childhood sexual abuse, Sheila E., née Escovedo, has produced a standout celebrity memoir. Drawn to drumming from a young age as the daughter of famed percussionist Pete Escovedo, she discovers the full extent of her passion while performing for the first time with her father in West Oakland, Calif. At six years old, the victim of rape by a baby-sitter, Escovedo finds solace in performing music. 'I didn't realize it at the time, but letting me play with Pops and his Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet must have been some kind of reward,' she writes of her family's guilty silence over the assault she initially tried to conceal. In a tone free of self-pity, Escovedo finds that telling her story frees her of the shame she had been carrying around since she was a girl. The darker material is well-balanced with engaging anecdotes about performing Marvin Gaye's final tour, her romantic involvement and professional collaboration with Prince, and the much-left-unsaid story of her niece, Nikki — better known to the world as Nicole Ritchie. Escovedo goes well beyond name-dropping and doesn't spare herself; in describing her relationship with Carlos Santana, she recalls finding out that he was married and that she was a mistress. A scene of her encountering his family members and realizing the gravity of the role she played in the destruction of a marriage is among the book's most raw, compelling moments. In what is ultimately an inspiring story of survival over adversity and fulfilling her potential as an artist, Escovedo's disarming honesty, humble nature, and levelheaded sweetness are the memoir's steady beat. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Emmy and Grammy Awardand#8211;nominee Sheila E. is one of the most talented percussionist/drummers in the world, performing and/or recording with Prince, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Ringo Starr, Hans Zimmer, and countless others. She maintains a heavy involvement in charitable organizations as a philanthropist by promoting music and arts education as an alternative form of therapy.Wendy Holden is the author of more than thirty books, nine of which were international bestsellers. She also worked as a journalist for eighteen years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476714943
Author:
E, Sheila
Publisher:
Atria Books
Author:
Holden, Wendy
Author:
E., Sheila
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-C 8-pg insert
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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Product details 336 pages Atria Books - English 9781476714943 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this extraordinary story of talent and drive overcoming the damages of early childhood sexual abuse, Sheila E., née Escovedo, has produced a standout celebrity memoir. Drawn to drumming from a young age as the daughter of famed percussionist Pete Escovedo, she discovers the full extent of her passion while performing for the first time with her father in West Oakland, Calif. At six years old, the victim of rape by a baby-sitter, Escovedo finds solace in performing music. 'I didn't realize it at the time, but letting me play with Pops and his Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet must have been some kind of reward,' she writes of her family's guilty silence over the assault she initially tried to conceal. In a tone free of self-pity, Escovedo finds that telling her story frees her of the shame she had been carrying around since she was a girl. The darker material is well-balanced with engaging anecdotes about performing Marvin Gaye's final tour, her romantic involvement and professional collaboration with Prince, and the much-left-unsaid story of her niece, Nikki — better known to the world as Nicole Ritchie. Escovedo goes well beyond name-dropping and doesn't spare herself; in describing her relationship with Carlos Santana, she recalls finding out that he was married and that she was a mistress. A scene of her encountering his family members and realizing the gravity of the role she played in the destruction of a marriage is among the book's most raw, compelling moments. In what is ultimately an inspiring story of survival over adversity and fulfilling her potential as an artist, Escovedo's disarming honesty, humble nature, and levelheaded sweetness are the memoir's steady beat. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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