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A Natural Woman: A Memoir (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Carole King
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Weaving a tapestry of rich and royal hue, King's affecting memoir eases readers through her life, from the girlhood in Brooklyn where she was already jotting down lyrics and her teenage years that culminated musically with the hit "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?"; through her tumultuous marriage and songwriting years with her first husband, Gerry Goffin; her moves back and forth between New York and California; her three marriages after Goffin; and her deep commitment to environmental issues bred by her living self-sufficiently with her family in the mountains of Idaho. She confronts the physical abuse she experienced at the hands of her third husband; her disbelief that she would let someone treat her that way, and her incredulousness at her own decision to remain in the relationship; and her eventual decision-with the help of an abuse support group-to leave him. King's passionate engagement with all kinds of music, and her musical genius (her Tapestry album remained on the charts for six years running, a distinction that eluded even the Beatles) flood through these reflections, and she recreates the excitement of working with producers such as Lou Adler, Jerry Wexler, and Ahmet Ertegun, musicians James Taylor, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Aretha Franklin, and songwriters Neil Sedaka, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann, among many others.—Publishers Weekly

An acclaimed singer-songwriter invites fans into her personal life.
When King embarked on her Living Room Tour in 2004, she re-created onstage the atmosphere that millions had come to expect from the slew of albums she recorded from the 1970s onward. Tapestry, her breakthrough 1971 album, not only became a bestseller and a benchmark for women's achievements in the music industry but also introduced the down-to-earth, optimistic and liberated worldview of a woman with some timely stories to tell. King's trajectory mirrored that of many of her fellow musical peers. Bitten by the music bug at an early age and subsequently converted to rock 'n' roll in the '50s, she began writing her own songs, landing a record deal at the age of 15. She would experience far greater success, however, when she and co-songwriter Gerry Goffin turned out hit after hit for such artists as Aretha Franklin, the Shirelles and the Monkees. Having married Goffin when she was 17, King spent most of the '60s balancing her career with her responsibilities as a wife and mother. Change was in the air, though, and when her marriage deteriorated, she set off for Los Angeles to seek her own voice. That voice comes through strongly on every page of this memoir, an engaging assortment of recollections comprising a journey that started in her working-class Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, took her to Manhattan and Laurel Canyon and saw her escape what Joni Mitchell called "the star maker machinery" to settle in rural Idaho. In one of the book's best sections, King explains her decision to retreat from fame in the mid '70s, chronicling the joys and sorrows of going "back to the land" as well as the tempestuous relationships she had with two men during this period. She is also refreshingly candid about her four marriages.

A warm, winning read that showcases baby-boomer culture at its best.—Kirkus Reviews


The life that inspired Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.

Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn, to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A NATURAL WOMAN chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing readers into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful #1 album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife and present-day activist. Deeply personal, King's long-awaited memoir offers readers a front-row seat to the woman behind the legend.

The book includes dozens of photos from King's childhood, her own family, and behind-the-scenes images from her performances.


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 488 Seiten
  • Verlag: Grand Central Publishing (10. April 2012)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Interessantes Künstlerleben 17. April 2013
Von NoMa
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Ich bin seit Jahren Fan von C.Kings Album "Tapestry".
Ihre langlebige und teilweise legendäre Künstlerkarriere in ihren Worten zu lesen, hat mich begeistert.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen a Tapestry woven by the last half of the twentieth century 10. April 2012
Von Robert Carraher - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you are a baby boomer , indeed, if you were alive anytime after 1960 and were born blessed with hearing then you have heard a Carole King song. She had her first Number 1 hit at the age of 18, incidentally launching the `Girl Group' craze of the early `60s, with the Goffin & King classic, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". In 1997, she had her last chart topper with "The Reason" which was written for Aerosmith, but performed by Celine Dion. In May 4, 2010 King and James Taylor released an album called Live at the Troubadour, which debuted at No.4 in the United States. In between she had 116 other pop hits, according to Billboard Magazine. Making her, far and away, the most successful female songwriters of the last half of the 20th Century.

As if that wasn't enough, her 1971 album, Tapestry, won her 4 Grammy Awards as a performer. It also topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971, and remained on the charts for more than six years. Until Michael Jacksons Thriller, it was the biggest selling pop album by a solo artist in history. She still holds the record for the longest time for an album by a solo female to remain on the charts for Tapestry at 306 weeks. An amazing feat when you consider the competition; Madonna, Cher, Aretha, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, the list is endless and impressive.

Doubly impressive when you take into account she hates touring, and even at the height of her career as a singer & performer she only toured for short stints away from home, as she wouldn't be separated from her children for any length of time. She also hated being in the spotlight.

But this isn't about the most successful female songwriter of (probably) all time. And it's not about the singing sensation with the four Grammys and perhaps the record-est breaking album by a female singer or a solo artist. It's not even about the woman who , if not the creator of,then certainly is one of the pioneers and legends of the "Singer/Songwriter" genre of the early `70s (think Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Leon Russell, James Taylor, Jim Croce et al). It's not even about the woman who has starred on Broadway as the lead actress. It's not about the woman who was the subject of Neil Sedaka's first hit song in 1958, about his then girlfriend, Carol Klein who would change her name for a less `Jewish sounding' name to Carole King. It's about A Natural Woman. And it's about a woman who not only achieved all of those marvelous goals listed above, but who has written one of the most engaging, honest, stories this reader has read in a very long time. And what is more, it's her story.

Carole King has written a memoir that is not only autobiography but the narrative of a generation. The book isn't only about Carole King and her life, it is an honest observation into all the cultural phenomena of the past 60 years or so. The birth of rock and roll and it's impact not only on America's young, but it's role in breaking down racial barriers. The British Invasion which would forever change pop music. The civil rights movement of the `60s. The drug culture, the hippie movement.The birth of America's awakening to ecological issues. Women's Lib, which would not only adopt one of King's songs as an anthem, but to some extent adopt her.

She also takes us inside the music business itself. From sound checks and a performers thoughts, fears, egos and personality's to the rewards, both financially and artistically. She even falls for Bob Dylan, literally. She fell off of the stage after a performance with Dylan in Ireland and injured herself. The event caused a media storm where they got it mostly wrong, but the thing she remembers most is Dylan's honest concern, even though it was in no way his fault.

Along the way she writes with her first husband Gerry Goffin, whose brilliance as a lyricist was only eclipsed by his chemical explorations and mental struggles. She goes to school with Paul Simon, Neil Sedaka, Al Pacino, Rafael Campos, the children of Lee Strasberg. She writes with rock/pop luminaries, Bob Dylan, Cynthia Weil, Paul McCarthy, James Taylor, Brian Wilson and so many other giants. Her songs, either in collaboration with other songwriters or singly, were recorded by The Shilelles, The Beatles ("Chains") the Hollies, Herman's Hermits, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Vee, Blood Sweat and Tears, the list is a "whose who" of pop music. She has dinner with John and Yoko and confronts John over an earlier insult, and reveals his oh so human side of kindness and concern. She lives next door to The Eagles, Graham Nash (who wrote "Our House" about a house there, where he and Joni Mitchell lived) Leon Russell and the rest of Laurel Canyon musicians, actors and song writers in that early 70s hotbed of creativity. A wonderful moment takes place when she was in the studio to cut the historic record, Tapestry. In the studio on either side of her was James Taylor recording Mudslide Slim and the Blue Horizon, and Joni Mitchell was in the other studio recording Blue. Almost naturally, they all played on each others albums.

Then she moves herself and her children at the very height of her commercial success to a cabin in Idaho that had no running water, electricity, or modern convenience. She bathed and wash laundry in a hot springs and hauled water to cook with and drink by the bucket.

She marries four times in search of the approval of a strong man only to find weakness. She becomes a battered wife, and eventually manages to extricate herself.She also raises four children who become successful in their own right, and maybe that says more about Carole King than anything else.

She talks about the almost religious experience of hearing Aretha Franklin sing the title of this book. "Few people would consider it hyperbole to call Aretha's voice one of the most expressive vocal instruments of the twentieth century. Hearing that instrument sing a song I had participated in creating touched me more than any recording of any song I had ever written."

When I started A Natural Woman I read it on my Kindle, and I love the "notes and highlight" function. It's so useful when you get down to writing the review. Well, I went to look at those notes and highlights when I started this and found that I have , highlighted nearly half of the 496 pages. The book is that memorable and quote worthy. King's writing style is also engaging. It's like sitting around the kitchen table listening to a friend tell the story of their life, and finding commonalities to your own. You'll laugh, you'll cry you'll smile in both remembrance of an event and at the jokes life plays on us, great and small. The story is told without bitterness and with very little regret. The story paints the life of one of the greatest songwriters of all time, but it also paint the journey that we all take. There is frustration, compassion, love and the joy of creating, the love of making an audience come alive. There is a spiritual journey and a cultural journey and a personal journey of growth. It is, indeed, a Tapestry woven by the last half of the twentieth century and the start of the twenty-first. She discovers, along the way that the key to success in performing her music is to be authentically herself. She also discovered that that is the key to living life.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging memoir, absorbing cultural history 10. April 2012
Von Jaylia3 - Veröffentlicht auf
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Even leaving out her entertainment career, Carole King has led a fascinating, full life. In her personable and engaging new book she references the many current events, societal shifts and pervasive memes that have had an effect on her, so besides being the memoir of someone at the heart of the music business, A Natural Woman is an absorbing cultural history of the last 60-some years. I couldn't put it down.

Carole King has a lot to recount about her long love of music. She began making up songs when she was three and had her first public performance on the Horn and Hardart Children's Hour television show at eight. As a young adolescent, her ability to compose and sing helped her begin to make the move from nerdy toward cool. Barely out of high school, she and her young husband got jobs writing popular, highly acclaimed songs, many of which are still covered, including Loco-motion and the at the time risqué Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. By the early 1970s her album Tapestry added multiple Grammy winning recording star to her list of accomplishments, and she's still creating and performing today.

But Carole King's career in music is only part of what makes her wide ranging story so interesting. She married and had her first children while not much more than a child herself, just before the free-love era of the later 1960s, and there were three other marriages, two more children, and several long term relationships, all of which she writes about in a reasonably candid manner. One husband became a drug addict, another was physically abusive, and she explores the reasons why she stayed with them as long as she did, and offers advice to women in similar situations. Carole grew up in the New York City area, moved with her children to the hip Laurel Canyon section of Los Angeles when her first marriage ended, where she jammed with other famous and soon-to-be-famous musicians, and then lived a rugged, off-the-grid, back-to-the-land life in Idaho where she fought a multi-year legal battle to retain property rights to a road through her homestead. Because she had children while she was still young, all her musical and peripatetic adventures had to not compromise what she thought would be best for her offspring, though she admits to making mistakes. Carole's life and her capacities for engagement and reinvention are remarkable enough to make for captivating reading, but she's ordinary and everywoman enough to make it feel like she's one of us.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thank you Carole for the music and this great memoir! 10. April 2012
Von Derek Jager - Veröffentlicht auf
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Wasn't really sure what to expect since I'm such a fan and sometimes these books can be a bit laborious to get through but this was really effortless, almost like a novel.

Carole grew up during my favorite period, the 40s and 50s, and she has got a brilliant memory since she's able to recount early life episodes that later impacted her music and worldview. Her parent's love of music and listening to the Hit Parade of that time explained much about Carole's approach to music. Usually I skim these parts, but this was really compelling.

The first 200 pages focus on Carole's youth and her first breakthroughs into writing songs, and I loved it all since she mentioned so many of the artists I know and love.

The second 200 pages really dig deep into Carole's personal life and shifts the focus from her music. She actually says little about Tapestry---only gives the back story to two songs ("So Far Away" and "Beautiful) and then she only casually mentions that she went on to record six more albums (1971-1977), says they sold well, but doesn't provide any details. These albums all went gold and are generally considered among her best work. I would have loved to read more about those 1971-1977 albums.

Her encounters with John and Yoko in NYC and Paul and Linda McCartney in Japan are brilliantly recounted and emotionally told, as are her interactions with U2, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Chrissie Hynde.

Her marriages and relationships are the focus of the book, and she literally lives off the grid for several years. It's really an incredible story, what she goes through and the people she meets.

You really feel like you "know" Carole King when you finish the book, and that's exactly what the goal was.

HIGHLY recommended.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Listen To Her Music Instead 8. Mai 2013
Von Arlette Stuip - Veröffentlicht auf
You know that feeling you get when you're reading a book and you think, I wish I could have edited this? I would definitely have left out that sentence! Well that was me, from the first to the last page. This book bursts with irritants.

I grew up listening to Carole King. Many of my early 70's memories connect to hearing her songs on my car radio, and playing her LPs in my living room. She had the Midas touch, writing one golden hit after another.

Except for her first husband, King's taste in men was dreadful therefore much of her personal life turned out disappointing. When she met a penniless stranger at a party who lived in a van and sold sheepskin coats he sewed, she married him. She married four times, had four children. From a junkie who punched her in the face on a regular basis, a schizophrenic (later diagnosed as manic and treated with Thorazine and electric shock treatment), a man five years her junior, a hunter... - to be honest, I am now mixing up all her husbands...- mooching off of her, and bringing friends who moved in for years and mooched off of her, to her last boyfriend 20 years her junior, she seems to have had either really bad luck with men or really bad taste, but was definitely a poor judge of character.

Her adult life consisted of buying properties in Idaho, trying to get away from it all, to live so close to nature that it involved sweeping mouse droppings off her floor mattress at night, hauling water to her cabin, home-schooling her children, then driving back to LA to hobnob with the rich and famous celebrities of Laurel Canyon.

It was impossible to relate to King, and this made it harder to enjoy her story. She did a lot of good things in her life, besides the music; she is a present-day environmental and political activist. I just wish she could have conveyed those aspects without the distracting and awkward voice which was baffling: " experience has always been that gender doesn't matter to cats as long as they respect the bandleader as a fellow cat. Being a sideman taught me that nothing makes a cat happier than having a good song to play and a leader who recognizes a cat's ability to play it." And, about her children, "I admired the kids' crayon drawings and Molly's workbook pages with motherly love and supportive compliments. I attached their drawings to the refrigerator with magnet with a folksy kitchen theme that I'd found at a grocery store in Boise." Borrrrring. Her referrals to "my" band, "my" manager, "my" soundman, "my" producer was nerve-grating. I didn't expect someone from my hippy generation to use terms like freaks, cats, hipsters, and the man.

King is a brilliant, highly-accomplished and successful songwriter, singer and performer. That's a given. She wrote or co-wrote numerous hits for other singers: You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman (Aretha), Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (the Shirelles), I Feel the Earth Move)... but I had no idea she had written the Loco-Motion (for her babysitter Little Eva), I'm Into Something Good (for Herman's Hermits), One Fine Day (The Chiffons), Up On the Roof (the Drifters), and You've Got A Friend (James Taylor) to seriously name but a few.

It's hard to write a 450-page tome about one's entire life; Carole King did a good job of chronicling it. Her life is full, exciting and musically amazing. But her writing style is the weak link. And therein lies the reason this book disappointed me. I expected more. I expected King to be a good author because she is a good songwriter. Instead, I found it boring, at times bragging, and often naïve. It's with her editor that I find fault. A good revision once-over would have done wonders. As it stands, I wish I had not read it and had, instead, kept the magic feeling I had when listening to her beautiful voice belt out her hits.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's not a tell all, but it's a tell a lot! 18. April 2012
Von Ann Marie Craig - Veröffentlicht auf
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Carole King's memoir is her way of telling her story the way she wants it told. In some parts of the book you might think "there has to be more to this than that!" Then you realize that indeed there is, but she's not telling! She praises Aretha Franklin upside down about her version of "Natural Woman", saying that nobody could do it better. I think Carole does just as good a job with her version of it on "Tapestry". Carole takes you through songwriting, preparing for concerts, and recording her "Tapestry" album. She shares with us her first time singing in front of an audience, thanks to James Taylor. Carole, being a private person probably had to think very hard about what she was going to share with us. You laugh, you feel her pain, you go back in time and remember things with her. You want to pull her back as she goes from husband to husband thinking "no Carole not him!". It had to be painful for her children to go through this with her. And it had to be painful for her when she had to let them go. Carole was going through a hard time after her divorce from second husband Charley Larkey. Larkey appeared to be the most normal of her four husbands and probably the one she loved the most. I think the hardest part of the book for her had to be the section on her life with third husband Rick Evers. Carole was phyically abused by him and still married him. She was going to take out this section of the book, but left it in hoping it would help others in the same situation. Her love of Idaho and living with nature was not shared by her Goffin daughters, so they left. At ages seven and nine, her Larkey children left and lived with their dad. That leaves Carole alone with her fourth husband Rick Sorensen. Carole was missing her children and her music, so she went to New York and---------READ THE BOOK! You won't be disappointed. You won't find much "dirt", but you will MEET a very interesting lady!

I met Carole King as she signed my book at the Barnes and Noble book store at Union Square in New York City. She smiled up at me as she signed my book and thanked me for purchasing it. I smiled back at her and told her I would write a review! I hope she likes it.
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