I didn't go into reading this with any expectations, but I can say I'm glad I did. And I am not a musician...I bet musicians and music-heads would love this. White won seven Gram. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Photograph: Richard E Aaron/Getty Images Salty Peppers: Your Love is Life (on 7”, 1969) He was 74 years old. The book pulled the curtain back on the very private life of Maurice White - and his creation of the phenomenal music group Earth Wind & Fire (EWF). Keep Your Head to the Sky 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. Just seeing the titles of the song book this group had, brought back a time when I was carefree and innocent. EW&F broke through uncharted crossover territory on the charts and built remarkably integrated audiences in arenas throughout the world. On top of that, he was a man that was able to hear a symbolic symphony in his head, where he seemed to hear what eventually came out as great songs inside of his head before he could spit them forth. Maurice White is one of America's music greatest treasures. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges. Welcome back. The Fires of Calderon is Book One in #1 New York Times bestselling author Lindsay Cummings’s I will begin my review by admitting that I am about as biased as any reader can get. Author Kylie Chan has a boldly, brazenly unique take on urban fantasy—she combines it with It released in 2016. 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Little song lyrics can be so powerful, I'm glad I was able to read about how it all started until he how lost his battle with Parkinson's disease. For some reason this book was a little disappointing! When he is describing his children from three different woman, no emotion seems to come thru, just regret. This book is one of the all time greats in terms of what it takes to manifest one's dreams. I am fortunate to have been growing u. I have decided to use February in celebration of Black History Month to read more non-fiction. Never. Earth, Wind & Fire was famous for spanning the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, and more. I was in 5th grade when shining star was a hit. Narrated by Dion Graham. Maurice White was a revolutionary as so many other musicians at the time who could rely only on their wits and enormous talent, instrument playing and strong voices. Als Sohn von Vater Verdine White Sr. und Mutter (?) Im Alter von 14 Jahren spielte Maurice White zusammen mit seinem Freund Booker T. Jones in örtlichen Bands. To me, this book even though well written, didn't have any joy in it, can't explain exactly what I mean. I learned that he really grew up in Memphis, TN, being born there, and raised by an older, non-relative lady whom he called “Mama.” This woman raised him from the time he was left by his biological mother at the age of 4, until he was 18 years old. I don't remember a time when their music wasn't a part of my life. Rest In Peace Maurice, Prince, Whitney, Michael, Luther Vandross, and others that are no longer here. Got a 120+ songlist I will listen to during my workout today. I loved every minute spent with this book and I cried like a baby at the end. And beginning ... Help kids with their math skills plus their reading skills with the engaging and fun MathStart series!Young ... Help kids with their math skills plus their reading skills with the engaging and fun MathStart series!Young He owned two housing properties, in caramel Valley and LA. A rep for the band confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone.He was 74. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire in 2000. Five stars for the story, three stars for the writing. Listen online or offline with Android, iOS, web, Chromecast, and Google Assistant. Earth, Wind & Fire ist eine amerikanische Soul- und Funk-Band, die 1969 in Chicago von dem Jazzschlagzeuger Maurice White gegründet wurde. I was very excited to have the opportunity to read this book as EWF is one of my favourite groups of all time. I was in 5th grade when shining star was a hit. Members save with free shipping everyday! A life well lived. Awesome autobiography about one the great musical bands whose songs helped to guide, console, and inspire babyboomers' journey through the tremendous changes of the '70s-2000s, as told by the genius creator, musician, songwriter, producer, and bandleader, the late Maurice White; peace be upon him. -- Publishers Weekly "My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire is the candid and intimate odyssey of a man whose music and ideology continues to have an immeasurable influence on artists and audiences worldwide." Makes a big difference when you enjoy the voice, cadence and relatability of the narration.). His descriptions of how he wrote or co-wrote some of the world's most popu. How I have always loved Earth Wind and Fire. The author did a wonderful job in conveying Maurice White's character and voice - his beliefs, philosophy, and spirituality, while providing an interesting account of his life before, during and after EWF's success. Maurice White: My Life with Earth, Wind and Fire is a 2016 Amistad publication. Photo: Getty Images Seems like something that Maurice felt he had to write, not just for his children but for the fans of EW&F. 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 … My boyfriend and I are currently reading Maurice’s book, “My Life With Earth, WInd and Fire.” We are enjoying it immensly, particularly the parts where Maurice explains the background of some of the E, W and F songs that were written (I hope to walk down the aisle with this man to … In 1969, drummer Maurice White had a pretty sweet gig. What a gifted & disciplined man. So many life lessons in his story and so much wisdom imparted. I was challenged recently by a blog reader to read and review more nonfiction books. As a young man in high school “1977-1979” it was Earth Wind & Fire that kept me reaching and searching for answer’s and truth. He is the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. I even looked up a book or two that was regularly mentioned in the story (The Prophet). He also goes into detail about his childhood and the rise, fall, and eventual resurrection of EWF. Since the publication of his classic Outside Over There in 1981, Maurice Sendak’s book illustrations He also goes into detail about his childhood and the rise, fall, and eventual resurrection of EWF. I enjoyed understanding the backstory, the relationships, and the spiritual and musical foundations. After I finished listening to 11 plus hours of this book, I became a little depressed and went to find something a little bit lighter. Thanks to my late mother (the 2nd biggest fan), their music has been a part of the soundtrack of my life for 42 of the 47 years I've been on the planet. (Note: I really enjoyed the narrator on this as well. Maurice White was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. In 2016 he died in his sleep in his home in Los Angeles. Submit your email address to receive Barnes & Noble offers & updates. White served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer along with Philip Bailey. This is theology that really matters.—Harvey Cox. Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. White served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer along with Philip Bailey. epic Balance Keepers series. To this very minute, if you look at my Top 25 songs on my iPod, at least 10+ of those songs will be by Ear. “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. This is a must read! The soul group offered a healthy mix of funk, jazz, R&B, and even Latin music. A look into the life of Maurice White and the career of Earth Wind & Fire. Try Google Play Audiobooks today! White does stray into some repetitive territory during the second half, but this reflects his dogged, focused personality. You can view Barnes & Noble’s Privacy Policy. The horn-driven band was known for 1970s hits such as "Shining Star" and "September." Highly recommend for anyone who loves music and/or Earth, Wind & Fire - what you'll realize from the story is just how influential the band was and remains. White served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer along with Philip Bailey. Maurice White was definitely a man before his time. Be the first to ask a question about My Life with Earth, Wind, & Fire. Maurice White founded Earth, Wind & Fire (I used to wonder what he had against water – it’s an astrology thing, by the way) in 1969, but his musical chops go back way further. This is a most outstanding book! This happens with most co-written celebrity memoirs, the writing is never the most spectacular but the story keep audiences engaged. Dorado, the fabled city of gold. Maurice White was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. by Amistad. He was the founder, leader, main songwriter, and producer of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and served as the band's co-lead singer with Philip Bailey. “My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire is the candid and intimate odyssey of a man whose music and ideology continues to have an immeasurable influence on artists and audiences worldwide.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) “[The] musical elements [of Earth, Wind & Fire] would not … It's always hard to review autobiographies as you aren't sure if you are reviewing the writing or the author's life. A bit biased since they are my favorite band, gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because for a non-musician and someone who has never played a musical instrument a lot of the technical information regarding music lost me. Though they came from different angles, I was taken by the fact of how, in a musical sense, Maurice's mind seemed to work in a similar fashion to George Clinton's. However, I chose not to state those reasons in response and accepted their challenge. Photograph: Richard E Aaron/Getty Images Even when Earth, Wind & Fire was topping the charts, the group kept away from controversy and remained closely bonded. Earth Wind and Fire could not find a bigger fan than I am (maybe equal but not greater). For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now. I grew up hearing their music of course as had anyone born in my era (early 70's) but it was not until much later that I began to perceive another layer to their music as I started taking in their lyrics, and realised the deeply spiritual messages within their uplifting, upbeat music. a path toward earth-healing—a whole relationship between men and women, communities and nations. In Deutschland waren ihre erfolgreichsten Stücke September und Boogie Wonderland. There were numerous reasons why I have gravitated towards novels instead nonfiction. To this very minute, if you look at my Top 25 songs on my iPod, at least 10+ of those songs will be by Earth Wind and Fire. White won seven Grammys, and was nominated for 21 Grammys in total. Earth, Wind & Fire, a nine-piece band featuring the two White brothers, singer Philip Bailey and a distinctive horn section, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. It was a wonderful read. He was 74. Maurice White (* 19. Earth, Wind & Fire consisting of Fred White along with half-brother Maurice White, brother Verdine White, and other members were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. A look at the life and career of Earth Wind & Fire's Maurice White. White keeps his personal life closely guarded, but he addresses his failures with self-deprecating honesty. How I have always loved Earth Wind and Fire. 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. His background was interesting from childhood thru the Ramsey Lewis trio days but nothing really meaningful about his loves, loneliness on the road, etc. Welcome to this autobiography by Maurice White, leader of my favorite group of all-time, Earth, Wind & Fire. Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died Wednesday in his Los Angeles home at the age of 74. Being born and growing up after their heyday, I didn't really understand how innovative they were. If you're going to read a book about Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White's memoir holds more interest than the book Philip Bailey came out with a couple of years back. Maurice White, founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire died on February 4, 2016. I think that one of the things that lay behind the group's success was the fact that Maurice thought out what he was trying to accomplish with the band, long before he put it together. Maurice White, founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire died on February 4, 2016. Start by marking “My Life with Earth, Wind, & Fire” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I had already loved the singles, "Think about love" and "Evil" but the album had me in love with almost every so. #EWFForever. White passed away today at the age of 74, he’d been battling Parkinson’s Disease for many years. Now in his seventies, 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. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll … We’d love your help. Ihr Stil ist beeinflusst von Soul, Funk, Motown, afrikanischen Elementen und modernen Pop-Rhythmen, die sie in den christlichen Gemeinden … He is the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. Nach Abschluss der High School … This book is a wonderful insight into Maurice's vision for Earth Wind and Fire and an eye opener into the obstacles they faced as a band at a time when the Music industry was controlled by white executives . Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges. Not sure what I expected, maybe a little more gossip or inside stories on some of the more famous members including himself but it is what it is! I played it so much that I knew it by heart. My respect for the talent and vision of Maurice White could not grow any larger. This biography informs readers of everything they may know, would like to know and should know of Earth, Wind & Fire's formation. Internationally acclaimed author and teacher Rosemary Radford Ruether presents a sweeping ecofeminist theology that illuminates I have read fiction books for most of my reading life. The biography takes the reader through the humble beginnings of Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White from Memphis to Chicago and beyond. For example, he spoke about his success without concentrating on its excess (how many cars or homes owned, or women slept with). I enjoyed learning all about Maurice White, EWF, and all the many. Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind and Fire died on 3 February 2016 in Los Angeles, California. I grew up listening to them in high school and this memoir took me down memory lane. I was quite surprised to learn that Maurice WAS NOT born and raised in Chicago, though the city is a significant part of who he was. "I came up with the name because my astrological chart had no water in it," White once said. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. The man had a vision, he wanted to have positivity in his lyrics. He was the founder, leader, main songwriter, and producer of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, and served as the band's co-lead singer with Philip Bailey. He married Marilyn and survived by her. My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire is the candid and intimate odyssey of a man whose music and ideology continues to have an immeasurable influence on artists and audiences worldwide. -- Philadelphia Inquirer "[The] musical elements [of Earth, Wind & Fire] would not have existed without the singular drive of Maurice White. He had a keen understanding of nearly every instrument in the band, and just knew what worked musically. I have been a fan ever since and even took my children to see them at a concert in Miami years ago. I enjoyed reading the stories of how some of their best songs were written. This biography lived up to my expectations. have focused on interpreting the texts of such authors as James Marshall, Tony Kushner, Wilhelm Grimm, Ruth Krauss, Herman Melville, and Mother Goose. All of this he learned by hard knocks, by coming up with no favors and learning as he went, keen on observing and recording all that he experienced. Maurice White formed EW&F and was the driving force behind it for many years. Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 4, 2016) was an American singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. Maurice White taught me and inspired me to to keep “Happy Feelings”, not … 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 … Maurice White, the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died at age 74. I can honestly say I knew nothing about Earth, Wind, & Fire besides the music. Maurice Whites … For so many reasons it was inspiring and moving. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Maurice White very intimately. Leben und Karriere. 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 … He is the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. For all of his mysticism, he writes at length—and with greatest passion—about the need for organization and discipline. collectors will be fascinated by all there is to know about rocks and about classifying—sorting and organizing objects by attributes like color, shape, or size. White's brother and fellow Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine released a statement about Maurice's passing. For so many reasons it was inspiring and moving. Their music love all generations. He dubbed the group the Salty Peppers, but soon switched to the grander Earth, Wind & Fire. We use these things to communicate the thoughts that have gone through our minds. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. Described as a "visionary" by Vibe and a "mastermind" by Variety, White was nominated for a total of 22 Grammys, of which he won seven. I don't remember a time when their music wasn't a part of my life. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Maurice White very intimately. I listened to the audio version of this book and there were days I didn't want to get out of the car. I didn't go into reading this with any expectations, but I can say I'm glad I did. My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire By Maurice White with Herb Powell Amistad, 386 pp., $27.99. He called his biological mother “Mother Dear.” At 18, he finally moved to join his biological mother in Chicago, leaving behind his Mama, who died only 6 months after his departure. He wanted certain principles emphasized, such as faith, positive thinking, spirituality, love, and tenacity. The author did a wonderful job in conveying Maurice White's character and voice - his beliefs, philosophy, and spirituality, while providing an interesting account of his life before, during and after EWF's suc. Get instant access to all your favorite books. Earth, Wind, & Fire was one of the greatest bands of all time, of any genre. What really made me pay attention was the "That's the way of the world" album. Am 19-12-1941 wurde Maurice White (Spitzname: ) in Memphis, Tennessee, USA geboren. I appreciated the philosophy and intentionality of the crafting of this band under the leadership of Maurice White and the willingness (and courage) to take creative risks. His younger brother is still part of the band he founded. This was a fascinating, in-depth narrative of the two decades over which White elevated the band from a struggling act to a multi-million-selling supergroup. Thanks to my late mother (the 2nd biggest fan), their music has been a part of the soundtrack of my life for 42 of the 47 years I've been on the planet. I think that one of the things that lay behind the group's success was the fact that Maurice thought out what he was trying to accomplish with the band, long before he put it together. White writes strongly about the nature of black masculinity during and after the civil rights movement, and what it means to be a good man. Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White died Thursday at the age of 74 after suffering from Parkinson's disease. If you are a product of the late seventies, eighties, or nineties, you've got some knowledge of EW&F. I appreciated the philosophy and intentionality of the crafting of this band under the leadership of Maurice White and the willingness (and courage) to take creative risks. erlangte er im Jahr 2020 als Musiker Berühmtheit zum Beispiel für Lead Singer, Composer of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Maurice White was an American singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. Earth, Wind & Fire was famous for spanning the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, and more. He had Parkinson. Geschichte Die Anfänge. I have read Clinton's excellent autobiography and in its own way, it is just as powerful as is this one. The 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. Click or Press Enter to view the items in your shopping bag or Press Tab to interact with the Shopping bag tooltip. He wrote an Autobiography, Maurice white: My Life with Earth, Wind, and Fire. Even with that, I highly recommend this read for EWF fans everywhere. Welcome to this autobiography by Maurice White, leader of my favorite group of all-time, Earth, Wind & Fire. We are immortal. I read Shining Star, this book is from the perspective of the bands founder, Maurice White. I will begin my review by admitting that I am about as biased as any reader can get. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges. Earth, Wind & Fire was famous for spanning the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, and more. Refresh and try again. Music often falls on the ears of the naive who never sit down and think of the brilliance it takes to compose a 4-minute song; we often just enjoy a nice melody and groove. This book works as an excellent autobiography, in part, because it takes a person behind the scenes, to see how things evolved to their greatness. For me, the story was intimate, entertaining, and substantive. Maurice White, founder of US soul band Earth, Wind & Fire, has died aged 74, his brother says. 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