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“Herbie Hancock has led a fascinating life. And the story of that life makes a fascinating book.”
—Peter Keepnews, The New York Times Book Review (Editor’s Choice)
“Few jazz biographies are perfect, though Hancock’s Possibilities come closer than some.”
—Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air
“[Possibilities is] very effective at its paramount task: getting the reader to dig into the catalog of this restless jazz genius with newly edified ears.”
The Boston Globe
“Hancock, a Buddhist, writes about his spiritual journey in Possibilities but isn’t preachy about his its effect on his life, relationships, music and philosophy. His stories of famous jazz artists are done with reverence and a sense of reporting, for the record, many artists who didn’t achieve as much fame as others but should be given their equal artistic due.”
New York Journal of Books
“Revelations come thick and fast in this terrific page-turner.  Honest, self-effacing, and packed with good stories Possibilities presents an intimate self-portrait of one of popular music’s most influential and affable keyboardists.”
Mojo Magazine
Possibilities is a vividly written reflection on his own life—and a way of living.”
Milwaukee Shepherd Express
“A mind blowing who’s who of jazz music . . . Amazing work here for musician and fan alike.”
“As the pianist relates his outré journey toward redemption, it becomes clear that spirituality and love have played overarching roles in his continued success and evolution.”
“Melodically weaving the notes of his personal life around his exploration of numerous music genres from classical and R&B to funk and hip-hop, renowned pianist Hancock elegantly composes a tuneful sound track of his life in music.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“A warm, inspiring book by a man who seems to have little ego despite a career spent near the peak of his art. Recommended reading for jazz aficionados.”
“He has remained true to his art and his (Buddhist) poise during turbulent times, and his description of his upbringing and encounters with often turbulent individuals (not least of them Davis) provides a unique slant on America’s musical scene.”
“Brilliant . . . reveals the method behind this remarkable jazz performer . . . a testament to a man who faced in life what seemed impossible and made it possible.”
—Library Journal
“This book is many treasures. You have to read it to understand Herbie Hancock, to read and understand Mr. Hancock explaining how he achieved things. It is also a great treasure to make contact. The contact is you and Herbie telling you about himself. You are receiving the information and understandings of himself to you. He is very, very clear. Thank you, Herbie, because so many geniuses like yourself in the arts have trouble defining themselves and what they do.”
Bill Cosby
“Herbie and I have been brothers since before electricity! One of my favorite things about Herbie is that both he and I aim to de-categorize music; we don’t think of music in terms of genres or rules, we both live outside the box and love good music, no matter the genre. If you like piano, or jazz, or music, or great stories, or life itself, you will love this book. Herbie Hancock has been electrifying audiences for decades, and now he’s about to do it to readers, too.”
Quincy Jones
Herbie Hancock’s new book, Possibilities, elevates, transforms, and illumines consciousness. This wealth of insight opens winder the space of possibilities with raw honesty, courage, and curiosity. It takes us into a place of brilliant alchemy of God’s life, music, and humor. Genius IS as genius does.”
Carlos Santana
“Herbie Hancock is one of the greats. His book is a fascinating account of his time in the music business. From Miles Davis to Paul Simon and beyond, Herbie’s stories are an insightful delight for all of us.”
Paul McCartney

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock began playing piano at the age of seven. He would go on to play with Miles Davis before forming his own bands and working with musicians such as Sting, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Lang Lang, Christina Aguilera, and Carlos Santana. Hancock also won an Oscar for the score of Round Midnight. In 2011 he was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2013. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Written in collaboration with Lisa Dickey, this book presents a fine balance between Herbie Hancock, the man and Herbie Hancock the musician. It takes us through the musical changes in his life - from Miles Davis to the Head Hunters and beyond - but also describes the changes which came about when he discovered the Buddhist faith and the influence it had on his view of life in general

Herbie Hancock's early success with "Watermelon Man" and his membership of Miles Davis' second great quintet provided him with a solid basis both financially and artistically but he wasn't prepared to rest on his laurels. His growing interest in new musical technology and his willingness to take chances took him on a path which resulted in him making not only one of the fastest-selling jazz records of all time with the album "Head Hunters" but also a hit single "Rockit".

Herbie Hancock continued making ground-breaking records which won him many awards. He was especially surprised and pleased with the Grammy Award he received for "River: The Joni Letters".

This is a very honest book which is refreshing as so many books of this type gloss over the negative aspects of the subject's character.

Highly recommended.
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Dieses Buch stellt dar, was für ein einmaliger Mensch und Musiker Herbie Hancock ist: Unendlich begabt und mit einem permanenten Forschungsdrang. Grenzen zwischen den Stilen : Jazz, Klassik, Rock, HipHop, sogar Country sind ihm völlig fremd. Wunderbar! Ein höchst empfehlenswertes Buch.
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Überblick über das Leben von Herbie. Es werden auch viele andere Künstler vorgestellt wie Miles Davis oder XTC. Sehr angenehmer Stil.
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Von Stuart Jefferson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This memoir by Hancock (with Lisa Dickey) covers roughly seven decades up to the present in Hancock's life, both in and out of music. There's 16 pages of b&w photos from across Hancock's life. There's no contents page, but the book is broken into twenty-four chapters which explore his life and the changes in his music over the years. Included is an Index.

Beginning as a child prodigy, to his classic Blues Note Records work, to his change from acoustic jazz to electronic jazz/funk/r&b, to his collaborations with many different artists, to winning many Grammy awards, Hancock has played with many of the very best (mostly) jazz musicians of the Twentieth Century. For me that, and his musical influences, are what I wanted to read about and Hancock doesn't disappoint. Also included is his long time marriage which influenced his life greatly, and how the Buddhist religion inspired him on all levels of life and music.

Beginning with his childhood, Hancock talks in some detail about his early life and the people around him. He says his neighborhood wasn't a "bad" place but it was a rough area. The first time he "met a white kid was in high school." His mother was bipolar and his father "was a sweet, easygoing man", who wanted to be a doctor. And once his family got a piano all Hancock wanted to do was play music, teaching himself the rudiments of the instrument. At eleven years of age he played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and as Hancock says, "Then I turned my attention to the piano, and from the moment I played the first few notes, the rest of the world might as well have not existed."

His earliest jazz exposure was on WGES radio, with the first jazz tune he really noticed was "Moonlight In Vermont" by guitarist Johnny Smith and tenor sax player Stan Getz. Heading off to college Hancock was torn between receiving an education in science or music. It's interesting that Hancock never practices more than an hour a day, but spends many hours analyzing music.
He listened to Oscar Peterson and tried to emulate some of his style during this time. He left college one credit shy of graduating because he wanted to play jazz seriously. In 1966 he got the chance to play with Coleman Hawkins and from that point never really looked back. He next played with Pepper Adams and Donald Byrd before moving to New York, where he again played with Byrd at the Five Spot. It's from Byrd that Hancock approached Blue Note Records, which began a string of some of the best jazz albums of the period, beginning with"Takin' Off". And after that period of acoustic music, including playing with Miles Davis, he began exploring more electronic ways of playing music.

"Miles, am I in the band?"
"You makin' a record m###a#####r!". Hancock to Davis.

"I never understood how he could play so brilliantly while being stone drunk." Hancock on Wayne Shorter in Miles Davis' band.

"Herbie, that post office job is interfering with the music. You've got to quit." Drummer Louis Taylor to Hancock.

Hancock talks about his many and different gigs, songs he's written, and recording sessions over the first years as a serious musician. Playing with Miles Davis in his mid-twenties, Hancock was living the good life, and around this time he met his future wife Gigi. It's also during this period that Hancock tried LSD. Plus, he reveals he was addicted to crack cocaine fora number of years. From this point Hancock delves into his life in music with some great details about his music (both acoustic and electronic) and recording with different musicians. Hancock is a storehouse of information about that whole era of jazz and his stories and observations are laid out in an easy to read, you-are-there style of writing. At times because of his conversational style of writing, you have the feeling that he's catching you up on different parts of his career in music--like the gig after his surgery--and finally getting use of all ten fingers ("I could hardly believe the irony--that my own cancer scare would find it's ultimate resolution in playing for a friend who was fighting cancer.") the night before his concert. Hancock talks briefly about the V.S.O.P. band that recorded albums in the 70's to good acclaim, and his duo with Chick Corea playing acoustic music--in addition to his work with the Headhunters during the same period.

"I knew I needed to quit, but I still didn't realize quite how bad it had gotten." Herbie Hancock on his crack cocaine addiction.

"Soon the walls started moving, and creatures started appearing on the ceiling. And then the apartment somehow became a train...." Hancock describing his first LSD trip.

"At some point I bought a van from the saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, and all of us would cram into it for out-of-town gigs." Herbie Hancock.

"For me, Miles never went away." Herbie Hancock.

"Tony Williams burned through life like the brightest flame." Herbie Hancock.

He also talks about his Buddhist religion and how that has been a continuing foundation in his life, along with his long, happy marriage. And while those areas are certainly important to really have a fuller picture of Hancock, and his life would certainly have turned out differently without his wife and Buddhism, it's when he talks with some detail about music that the book (for me) really becomes interesting and informative. Hancock has played with and/or witnessed some of the greatest jazz musicians in the history of the music. And this book sheds light on the inner workings of both Hancock and other musicians like Miles Davis ("When asked by a journalist about reuniting the quintet with Ron, Tony, Wayne, and myself, he said, 'No. That would be like making love to the first woman over again.'"), and jazz in general during perhaps the greatest era for the music.

"But what few people realize is that Miles was actually influenced by Tony's band, Tony Williams Lifetime," Herbie Hancock.

"When Miles heard what Tony was doing he said,"This is the s##t, and he followed in Tony's footsteps with Bitches Brew." Herbie Hancock.

"Lifetime was the cornerstone band of jazz-rock fusion--and it's also the reason I wear a hearing aid now." Herbie Hancock.

"Back in 1965, when I turned that Yardley cologne jingle into the song "Maiden Voyage", I discovered something about writing music." Herbie Hancock.

"With each new record I wanted to jump off the cliff in a different spot." Herbie Hancock.

If you're either a Hancock fan or a jazz fan in general, this book will give you some insight into that whole era of music-making. This book is worth adding to your shelf of jazz/music books.
5.0 von 5 Sternen He's one of my favorite artists and I loved reading this book 9. Juli 2016
Von Dawn - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found Herbie's story to be absolutely riveting. He's one of my favorite artists and I loved reading this book. As a musician, I was thrilled to tap into personal insights into his work with all the stellar musicians/producers/engineers and I was right there with them on their respective tours. Herbie was truthful, transparent and vulnerable as he shared with us some of the painful sides of his journey in life. Learning how his profound spirituality and deep personal connection to source is both inspirational and joyful. #Respect.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great chronicle of the creative mind.. 13. Oktober 2016
Von Thaddeus King - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A very readable book or music fans, especially jazz lovers.
Shows an honest evolution of one of music's greatest chameleons!!!!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Book. I couldn't put it down 7. Juli 2016
Von Anthony C. Stead - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Excellent Book. I couldn't put it down.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Four Stars 9. August 2016
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