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 20th century - the band "that changed the sound of black pop" (Rolling Stone) - and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay Z, CeeLo 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 18 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, & 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.
©2016 Maurice White (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
EWF are my all time favourite group but I did not know too much about their history and virtually nothing of Maurice White's life, so I found this book very interesting. The story although not containing any real surprises was very well told and the reader was perfection.
A great insight into the 1970's and 1980's music scene.
"My personal favorite band - EWF"
My music-Earth, Wind & Fire. The best audible book of the year. Get it now
"Told in a way to: Keep Your Head (In This Book!!)"
This is officially the best audible bio book I've listened to!. Brother Maurice was the definition of a man. I literally couldn't stop listening to his story. AND... I'm going to listen to it again. It's that heavy. Thanks Maurice for the music and the no holds barred look into your life. Extremely well arranged and told. Wow.
"To me urban if I was the best band overall"
The passing of Maurice White was a big pill to swallow I enjoy all the music that he put us and I enjoy the happiness that or when the fireboard to me God bless Maurice White and God bless his family thank you or wind and fire
Great insight on what makes the Earth Wind and Fire sound so uplifting! and spiritual.
"His life, his Legacy"
What a tribute to a great man, when I think of the word history I look at it as two singular words His Story! Being an Earth Wind Fire learner over the years utilizing EWF music as the soundtrack of my life and musical aspirations, I must say that this last presentation is befitting of no word less than awesome! I feel like Maurice himself just shared with me his life story and musical journey, and for that I will be forever grateful!
"Thank you MW! and beautiful. EWF forever"
Thank you MW! Fantastic and beautiful. EWF forever and ever amen! I love this book!
"Best Audiobook of my Collection"
Thank you Maurice.
Heartfelt. Inspiring. Awesome. Moving. Real. And for the music ... words cannot describe.
"Must read for every EWF fan"
This is the first time I have read a memoir. So I can say it's the best memoir I have ever read.
All the moments where he gives details on the production of one of my favorite songs.
After a while I felt like Maurice was there. Loved it.
Just the overall feeling on how the band was conceived and built.
To me EWF remains the best, most important and most influential musical act of my lifetime. This book gives great insight into how this was achieved. Highly recommended.
"Insightful. Inspirational. A wonderful biography of a gifted musician and positive role model."
I love EWF music. I love going to their concerts when they come to town. Maurice White is one of my favorite vocalists.
I bought this audiobook to finally get an inside look at this musical genius. I want to share this book with my sons. Maurice provides such a positive outlook on life and music. Maurice is Earth, Wind & Fire. I loved this book. I'll be purchasing a hardcover. I'll be listening to this again soon. I love Audible.
"the story was beautifully told"
the story is one of faith truth honesty mysticism the man was open about his life as much as he could be I will apply some of the things that he used as ingredients for his success and I love her he was so articulated and so sure of how he felt about what he was going to do for Earth Wind & Fire thank you Maurice White you are so wonderful thank you for the words in the story with the songs that affected my life as I was growing up as a young girl I will always hold this book deer thank you
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