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A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King

A Natural Woman: A Memoir (2012)

by Carole King

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    Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller (stellarexplorer)
    stellarexplorer: Weller's book features Carole King prominently but paints a broader picture of the music scene of the late sixties/early seventies, and portrays the participation of talented female songwriters in it.

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A Natural Woman, a memoir by Carole King, noted singer/songwriter/musician, was a “must-read” for me as her iconic album, Tapestry, was one that I almost wore the grooves out of in the early 1970’s. This prolific songwriter chronicles her life from her upbringing in Brooklyn during the 1950’s, right up to today. She has been a mainstay of pop music and has worked with the likes of James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson and rubbed shoulders with pretty much anyone who has been part of the music scene. Artists such as The Beatles, The Byrds, The Monkees and Rod Stewart have recorded her songs. Throughout all of her ups and downs, romances, divorces, dropping in and dropping out, she never comes across as anything but a nice Jewish girl.

She and her first husband, Gerry Goffin were the songwriters behind many of the 1960 hits such as Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Loco-motion, and of course, she is the author of Aretha Franklin’s hit, Natural Woman. She has dabbled in television, movies and plays as an actor, but is best known for her music. Her song, “Where You Lead” was chosen as the theme for the popular television show The Gilmore Girls and she and her daughter were the ones to do the singing on that track as well.

The book felt much like I was reading a letter from a good friend who was catching me up with what was going on in her life. She went through 4 divorces, was abused by one of her husbands, yet remained upbeat and positive, she always saw herself as a wife and mother first, but thankfully the music was also important to her as well. The book is interesting and descriptive, but she is very careful not to spread any dirt or gossip so this is certainly not a tell-all. Natural Woman, like Carole King herself, is a cheerful, optimistic read with a strong emphasis on the music. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | May 23, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this. Carole writes easy prose, with an appealing sense of humour (Jewish). Her life is a combination of undoubted songwriting talent, a little luck with planets, places and people aligning, and more than enough troubles, doubts, and wrong directions to make it accessible. For people like me who have enjoyed the music of Carole and her companions for most of our lives, this is a joyous reconnection that fleshes out the person behind the notes. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Aug 25, 2016 |
This is a fascinating memoir letting me into times and places and ways of being different from anything in my own experience. The writing style and pace made this easy to read. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Feb 28, 2016 |
Carol King's memoir spans popular music from the days of the Brill building to today's era of streaming music. She met everyone and was, more or less, a child prodigy. However, this memoir isn't as interesting as it should have been, mainly because she's just too nice & never says anything bad about anyone - even her abusive husband. ( )
  etxgardener | Jul 2, 2015 |
An amazing career with numerous accolades is detailed from humble beginnings in Brooklyn onward.
Carole King does her own audio presentation.

The plus would be little snippets that she sings to depict the moment.
The minus would be the fact that hardcover contains numerous photos.

I may need to look at the hard copy photos to complete the experience ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 14, 2015 |
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This book is a memoir by the iconic singer-songwriter chronicling her story from her beginnings in Brooklyn through her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents, to her present day as a leading performer and activist. From her marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she wrote dozens of songs that hit the charts, to her own achievements, notably with "Tapestry," which remained on the charts for more than six years, to her experiences as a mother, this memoir chronicles one of music's most successful and fascinating stars. It includes photos from her childhood, her own family, and behind-the-scenes images from her performances over the years.… (more)

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