My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire by Maurice White

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The memoir captures a life of determination, positivity, and success tempered by depth and humility.
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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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Maurice White (1941–2016) worked in the music industry for over forty years, as a bandleader, songwriter producer and musician. He was the founder of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, and served as the group’s main songwriter and record producer, as well as co-lead singer. White won six Grammys, three NAACP Image Awards, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Author Image 1
Published September 13, 2016 by Amistad. 405 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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The memoir captures a life of determination, positivity, and success tempered by depth and humility.

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