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Author: Maurice White, Herb Powell Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780062562944
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The late Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir that captures the heart and soul of an artist whose groundbreaking sound continues to influence music today. With a foreword by David Foster.

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. At last, the band’s founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success.

White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he’s endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was four; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at eighteen and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming EWF, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson’s; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges.

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 savor every moment.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dion Graham performs this autobiography with a smooth reading that echoes the rhythms of the band. Lyrics, poems, and music are intertwined with descriptions of this influential musician’s life…Graham’s deep-voiced reading throbs with music, especially when he recites words to White’s songs. His narration is as smooth as the band’s music…Graham captures his sound and polish with every word he intones.”

    AudioFile

  • “White’s book is practically a how-to manual for leading a band. For all of his mysticism, he writes at length—and with greatest passion—about the need for organization and discipline.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Writing this book so many years after EWF’s peak,coupled with his spiritual, analytical and introspective nature all gave White a platform to be as thorough, thoughtful, and honest about all aspects of his life.”

    UrbanMusicScene.com

  • “A powerful and substantial memoir…The book is more than a chronological tale of a career; it’s a quest for meaning…The memoir captures a life of determination, positivity, and success tempered by depth and humility.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016

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About the Author

Maurice White (1941—2016) worked in the music industry for more than forty years as a bandleader, songwriter, producer, and musician. He founded the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire and served as its main songwriter and record producer, and as its co—lead singer. White won six Grammys and three NAACP Image Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.