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Thread started 10/06/16 12:57pm

SoulAlive

new book: Maurice White: My Life with Earth,Wind & Fire

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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 an introduction by Steve Harvey and a foreword by David Foster.

"To the readers of this book you need to know that EW&F is simply the greatest living group in my lifetime. No one put together lyrics to a melody like they did; no one put harmony to sound and rhythm like they did; no one added horns in the way that they did and no one, but no one messed with our minds about love and life like they did. . . . EARTH because they grow on you; WIND because it moves you in one loving direction and FIRE because they consume your heart in a single flame of love."—Steve Harvey

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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Reply #1 posted 10/06/16 12:58pm

SoulAlive

This book was just released.I just ordered a copy smile

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Reply #2 posted 10/06/16 6:55pm

musicman

I'm on chapter 31. it's a good read. I like that he opened up, which was very rare. He admitted that he was an introvert and that was often mistaken.

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Reply #3 posted 10/06/16 6:58pm

RJOrion

WORD???

...i read Philip Bailey's book...gotta have this one...ASAP...

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Reply #4 posted 10/06/16 11:01pm

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Thanks, sounds interesting......I will check this out biggrin

Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #5 posted 10/07/16 6:31am

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SoulAlive said:

Image result for maurice white my life with earth wind and fire

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 an introduction by Steve Harvey and a foreword by David Foster.

"To the readers of this book you need to know that EW&F is simply the greatest living group in my lifetime. No one put together lyrics to a melody like they did; no one put harmony to sound and rhythm like they did; no one added horns in the way that they did and no one, but no one messed with our minds about love and life like they did. . . . EARTH because they grow on you; WIND because it moves you in one loving direction and FIRE because they consume your heart in a single flame of love."—Steve Harvey

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.

Why are these artist even mentioned.

"Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast" When did any of these artist say EWF was an influence? That have nothing in common with EWF.

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Reply #6 posted 10/10/16 9:42am

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laurarichardson said:

SoulAlive said:

Image result for maurice white my life with earth wind and fire

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 an introduction by Steve Harvey and a foreword by David Foster.

"To the readers of this book you need to know that EW&F is simply the greatest living group in my lifetime. No one put together lyrics to a melody like they did; no one put harmony to sound and rhythm like they did; no one added horns in the way that they did and no one, but no one messed with our minds about love and life like they did. . . . EARTH because they grow on you; WIND because it moves you in one loving direction and FIRE because they consume your heart in a single flame of love."—Steve Harvey

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.

Why are these artist even mentioned.

"Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast" When did any of these artist say EWF was an influence? That have nothing in common with EWF.

Outkast's song "I Like The Way You Move" was obviously inspired by EW&F.Pretty much every R&B artist and rapper would list EW&F as one of their influences.

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SoulAlive said:

laurarichardson said:

Why are these artist even mentioned.

"Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green, and Outkast" When did any of these artist say EWF was an influence? That have nothing in common with EWF.

Outkast's song "I Like The Way You Move" was obviously inspired by EW&F.Pretty much every R&B artist and rapper would list EW&F as one of their influences.

Usher, Jay-Z, Cee-Lo Green I guess these non-musicians did not show it in their music.

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Reply #8 posted 10/10/16 4:46pm

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Any interesting stories?

PRINCE: Always and Forever
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Reply #9 posted 10/12/16 6:58pm

RJOrion

still reading this...im pleasantly shocked to see how revealing Maurice is, in this book...about why Al McKay left... about how and why him & Verdine didnt get to produce Prince's debut album (teenage Prince, refused their production help by sending a letter to Owen Husney & Mo Austin)...stories about working with different artists...great great book....almost finished

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Reply #10 posted 10/28/16 12:21pm

SoulAlive

I agree,the book is so revealing.Maurice was very candid and didn't hold nothing back! His views on MTV in the early 80s (when they didn't show many black artists' videos) are very interesting.
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