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Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (edition 2002)

by Quincy Jones

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Prodigiously talented and amazingly protean, Quincy Jones has led one of the most musically influential American lives of this century. In Q, he finally tells it all, from the glamour and string of glittering achievements to the private pain, revealed for the first time with stunning honesty.Quincy Jones grew up poor on the mean streets of Chicago's South Side, brushing against the law and feeling the pain of his mother's descent into madness. When his father moved the family west to Seattle, though, he took up the trumpet and was literally saved by music. A prodigy, he played backup for Billie Holiday and toured the world with the Lionel Hampton Band before leaving his teens. Soon, though, he found his true calling, inaugurating a career whose highlights have included arranging albums for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Count Basie; composing the scores of such films as The Pawnbroker, In Cold Blood, and The Color Purple, and the theme songs for the television shows "Ironsides", "Sanford and Son", and "The Cosby Show"; producing the bestselling album of all time, Michael Jackson's Thriller, and the bestselling single "We Are the World"; and producing and arranging his own highly praised albums, including the Grammy Award -- winning Back on the Block, a striking marriage of jazz, rock, and hip-hop. His musical achievements, in a career that spans every style of American popular music, have yielded an incredible seventy-six G… (more)
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Title:Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
Authors:Quincy Jones
Info:Harlem Moon (2002), Paperback, 432 pages
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i love this guy, an inspiration to everyone.
  andreancarr | Oct 27, 2015 |
i love this guy, an inspiration to everyone.
  andreancarr | Oct 27, 2015 |
This is a very intelligent book: don't classify it with celebrities bios. It has an uncommon architecture, and it is very bright. Unlike other bios of the kind, there is no doubt it is also very true. It leaves you pondering the mystery of a young guy without parents, without education, without money, who wants, not only "to be a musician" like all our young neighbors, which is the easy part, but wants to learn how to write music and the secrets of orchestration. Quincy youth was much worse than if he had been abandoned, still he would show up at 5 in the morning t the house of anybody who would teach him music. I am very impressed by Quincy Jones, not just by his music, but by his courage and his intellectual ambition. ( )
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