My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire

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Foreword by Steve Harvey and afterword by David Foster

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.

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.

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. Through it all, White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges.

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.

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About the author

Maurice White (1941—2016) worked in the music industry for more than forty years as a bandleader, songwriter, producer, and musician. He founded the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire and served as its main songwriter and record producer, and as its co—lead singer. White won six Grammys and three NAACP Image Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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HarperCollins
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Published on
Sep 13, 2016
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9780062329172
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Composers & Musicians
Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
Biography & Autobiography / Rich & Famous
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Maurice White
It is about a man that stumbles across three credit cards he fi nds in a secret room, after being nosey walking around a Federal Government Building his company was call to do a job for by mistake.

Mistaken made because the name of the company is the same name called by the State to their own demo.

Given a badge to walk around the building to use the rest room when they need to.

Hutch takes advantage by walking where he shouldn’t and comes across another badge where he puts it on and winds up some where he shouldn’t be.

By dumb lucky he goes into what he thinks is a bathroom and there presses a tile in the wall, it activates another part of a wall in one of the stall of the bathroom.

In that stall the 3 credit cards are displayed to him, not knowing that the Government uses these Unlimited Funded Untraceable credit card to buy whatever they need no matter how much it cost.

Still being nosey after taken the credit cards, Hutch ventures into the basement where they’re experimenting on some colognes and their reaction on the females that one would encounter.

There are three that work with a man’s sweat, the more he sweats the stronger the cologne affect is.

One is black capped and that puts fear to a woman that smell it, the gold cap one makes a woman very mad at the one wearing it that she strikes at him in anger.

The last one is the silver capped one that makes woman very horny and all colognes seem to have a very long lingering affect when the man sweats heavy. Using the card a few times Hutch encounters, some good people and then two unsavory men that feel he doesn’t deserve to have such a thing and want it for themselves.

Car chases and jealous coworkers, greedy gold digging girlfriend with vengeful spitefulness about her.

Three fine healthy video type vixens that are just down to earth, best friends since little and now strip dancers making their way through college.

Along with Hutch’s old time friends the Grand Drunken Master, that party hard with him and always there in a heartbeat to lend a hand no matter where Hutch is.

Together this story has some of the most exciting things about Hutch and how his life goes and not even on a daily run, but just saying to one self.

What would you do if you came across three unlimited funded untraceable credit cards and didn’t know it till late.

In this three part story read how Hutch handles every situation and his tattle tale coworker.

Rick James
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He was the nephew of Temptations singer Melvin Franklin; a boy who watched and listened, mesmerized from underneath cocktail tables at the shows of Etta James and Miles Davis. He was a vagrant hippie who wandered to Toronto, where he ended up playing with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and he became a household name in the 1980s with his hit song “Super Freak.” Later in life, he was a bad boy who got caught up in drug smuggling and ended up in prison. But since his passing in August 2004, Rick James has remained a legendary icon whose name is nearly synonymous with funk music—and who popularized the genre, creating a lasting influence on pop artists from Prince to Jay-Z to Snoop Dogg, among countless others.

In Glow, Rick James and acclaimed music biographer David Ritz collaborated to write a no-holds-barred memoir about the boy and the man who became a music superstar in America’s disco age. It tells of James’s upbringing and how his mother introduced him to musical geniuses of the time. And it reveals details on many universally revered artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself said, “My journey has taken me through hell and back. It’s all in my music—the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions.” But despite his bad boy behavior, James was a tremendous talent and a unique, unforgettable human being. His “glow” was an overriding quality that one of his mentors saw in him—and one that will stay with this legendary figure who left an indelible mark on American popular music.
Bobby Brown
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In Every Little Step, Brown will for the first time tell the full story of his life and set the record straight, particularly about his relationship with Whitney Houston.

Bobby Brown has been one of the most compelling American artists of the past thirty years, a magnetic and talented figure who successfully crossed over many musical genres, including R&B and hip hop, as well as the mainstream. In the late 1980s, the former front man of New Edition had a wildly successful solo career—especially with the launch of Don't Be Cruel—garnering multiple hits on the Billboard top ten list, as well as several Grammy, American Music, and Soul Train awards. But Brown put his career on hold to be with the woman he loved—American music royalty Whitney Houston. The marriage between Brown and Houston was perhaps the most closely watched and talked about marriage of the 1990s—a pairing that obsessed the public and the gossip industry. Now, for the first time, the world will be able to hear the truth from the mouth of America’s “bad boy” himself. Raw and powerful, Every Little Step is the story of a man who has been on the top of the mountain and in the depths of the valley and who is now finally ready to talk about his career and family life, from the passion and the excess to his creative inspirations and massive musical success.

On the process of writing this book, Bobby says, “Right after I signed on to write my story, I went through one of the most agonizing traumas I had ever experienced with the death of my daughter. But I was surprised by how therapeutic it was to work on this project, to look at the entire arc of my life and to realize that although there has been considerable pain, I have also been incredibly blessed. I hope my fans and other readers of this book will be entertained by this trip into the crazy, exciting, fascinating world of Bobby Brown. And I hope they will feel that I have been as honest and open with them in these pages as I have tried to be my entire life.”

Jan Gaye
Lenny Dykstra
"Tough, straight, upsetting, and strangely beautiful. One of the best sports autobiographies I've ever read. It comes from the heart." —Stephen King

Eclipsing the traditional sports memoir, House of Nails, by former world champion, multimillionaire entrepreneur, and imprisoned felon Lenny Dykstra, spins a tragicomic tale of Shakespearean proportions -- a relentlessly entertaining American epic that careens between the heights and the abyss.

Nicknamed "Nails" for his hustle and grit, Lenny approached the game of baseball -- and life -- with mythic intensity. During his decade in the majors as a center fielder for the legendary 1980s Mets and the 1990s Phillies, he was named to three All-Star teams and played in two of the most memorable World Series of the modern era. An overachiever known for his clutch hits, high on-base percentage, and aggressive defense, Lenny was later identified by his former minor-league roommate Billy Beane as the prototypical "Moneyball" player in Michael Lewis's bestseller. Tobacco-stained, steroid-powered, and booze-and-drug-fueled, Nails also defined a notorious era of excess in baseball.

Then came a second act no novelist could plausibly conjure: After retiring, Dykstra became a celebrated business mogul and investment guru. Touted as "one of the great ones" by CNBC's Jim Cramer, he became "baseball's most improbable post-career success story" (The New Yorker), purchasing a $17.5-million mansion and traveling the world by private jet. But when the economy imploded in 2008, Lenny lost everything. Then the feds moved in: convicted of bankruptcy fraud (unjustly, he contends), Lenny served two and a half harrowing years in prison, where he was the victim of a savage beating by prison guards that knocked out his front teeth.

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, channeling the bewildered fascination of many observers, declared that Lenny's outrageous rise and spectactular fall was "the greatest story that I have ever seen in my lifetime."

Now, for the first time, Lenny tells all about his tumultuous career, from battling through crippling pain to steroid use and drug addiction, to a life of indulgence and excess, then, an epic plunge and the long road back to redemption. Was Lenny's hard-charging, risk-it-all nature responsible for his success in baseball and business and his precipitous fall from grace? What lessons, if any, has he learned now that he has had time to think and reflect?

Hilarious, unflinchingly honest, and irresistibly readable, House of Nails makes no apologies and leaves nothing left unsaid.

Maurice White
It is about a man that stumbles across three credit cards he fi nds in a secret room, after being nosey walking around a Federal Government Building his company was call to do a job for by mistake.

Mistaken made because the name of the company is the same name called by the State to their own demo.

Given a badge to walk around the building to use the rest room when they need to.

Hutch takes advantage by walking where he shouldn’t and comes across another badge where he puts it on and winds up some where he shouldn’t be.

By dumb lucky he goes into what he thinks is a bathroom and there presses a tile in the wall, it activates another part of a wall in one of the stall of the bathroom.

In that stall the 3 credit cards are displayed to him, not knowing that the Government uses these Unlimited Funded Untraceable credit card to buy whatever they need no matter how much it cost.

Still being nosey after taken the credit cards, Hutch ventures into the basement where they’re experimenting on some colognes and their reaction on the females that one would encounter.

There are three that work with a man’s sweat, the more he sweats the stronger the cologne affect is.

One is black capped and that puts fear to a woman that smell it, the gold cap one makes a woman very mad at the one wearing it that she strikes at him in anger.

The last one is the silver capped one that makes woman very horny and all colognes seem to have a very long lingering affect when the man sweats heavy. Using the card a few times Hutch encounters, some good people and then two unsavory men that feel he doesn’t deserve to have such a thing and want it for themselves.

Car chases and jealous coworkers, greedy gold digging girlfriend with vengeful spitefulness about her.

Three fine healthy video type vixens that are just down to earth, best friends since little and now strip dancers making their way through college.

Along with Hutch’s old time friends the Grand Drunken Master, that party hard with him and always there in a heartbeat to lend a hand no matter where Hutch is.

Together this story has some of the most exciting things about Hutch and how his life goes and not even on a daily run, but just saying to one self.

What would you do if you came across three unlimited funded untraceable credit cards and didn’t know it till late.

In this three part story read how Hutch handles every situation and his tattle tale coworker.

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