Synopses & Reviews
Prodigiously talented and stunningly protean, Quincy Jones has led one of the most musically influential American lives of this century. In Q, he finally tells it all, from the glamour and string of glittering achievements to the private pain, aided by famed coauthor James McBride's own literary skill and musical expertise.
Quincy Jones grew up poor on the mean streets of Chicago's South Side, brushing with the law and feeling the pain of his mother's descent into madness. When his father moved the family west to Seattle, though, he took up the trumpet and was literally saved by music. A prodigy, he played backup for Billie Holiday and toured the world with the Lionel Hampton Band before leaving his teens. Soon, though, he found his true calling, inaugurating a career whose highlights have included arranging albums for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Count Basie; composing the scores of such films as The Pawnbroker, In Cold Blood, and The Color Purple, and the theme songs for the television shows "Ironsides," "Sanford and Son," and "The Cosby Show"; producing the bestselling album of all time, Michael Jackson's Thriller, and the bestselling single "We Are the World"; and producing and arranging his own highly praised albums, including the Grammy Award-winning Back on the Block, a striking marriage of jazz, rock, and hip-hop. His musical achievements, in a career that spans every style of American popular music, have yielded an incredible seventy-six Grammy nominations and are matched by his record as a pioneering music executive, film and television producer, and business entrepreneur--one of the most successful black business figures in America. This string of unbroken triumphs in the entertainment industry has been shadowed by a turbulent personal life, a story he shares with eloquence and candor.
Q is an impressive self-portrait by one of the master makers of American culture, a complex, many faceted man with far more than his share of talents, as well as some entirely human flaws. His life encompasses an astonishing cast of show business giants and provides the raw material for one of the great African-American success stories of this century.
Includes discography (p. ), filmography (p. ), and index.
About the Author
QUINCY JONES's most recent major award is the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; his most recent release is From Q with Love. He lives in Los Angeles, California. JAMES McBRIDE is the author of the beloved and bestselling memoir The Color of Water, which has sold more than one million copies. He is also a gifted jazz composer and instrumentalist. He lives in South Nyack, New York.