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FREE DOWNLOAD Ê My Life with Earth, Wind, Fire Í The late Grammy winning founder of the legendary popRBsoulfunkdisco 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 an introduction by N 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 My Life with Earth Wind and Fire 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. How I have always loved Earth Wind and Fire After reading this book I really wish I had seen them in concert Maurice White was definitely a man before his time This was a fascinating in depth narrative of the two decades over which White elevated the band from a struggling act to a multi million selling supergroup EWF broke through uncharted crossover territory on the charts and built remarkably integrated audiences in arenas throughout the world I love that Maurice White knew what he wanted and never compromised his vision NeverLike Steve Harvey said in his introduction To the readers of this book you need to know that EWF is simply the greatest living group in my lifetime No one put together lyrics to a melody like they did; no one put harmony to sound and rhythm like they did; no one added horns in the way that they did and no one but no one messed with our minds about love and life like they did EARTH because they grow on you; WIND because it moves you in one loving direction and FIRE because they consume your heart in a single flame of love—Steve Harvey

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The late Grammy winning founder of the legendary popRBsoulfunkdisco 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 an introduction by Steve Harvey and a foreword by David FosterTo the readers of this book you need to know that EWF is simply the greatest living group in my lifetime No one put together lyrics to a melody like they did; no one put harmony to sound and rhythm like they did; no one added horns in the way that they did and no one but no one messed with our minds about love and life like they did EARTH b. Maurice White My Life with Earth Wind and Fire is a 2016 Amistad publication To be completely honest I have no recollection of checking this book out of the library I got a notification from my Overdrive library letting me know a book I had on hold was ready to be downloaded To my surprise this book along with the one I had been expecting was sitting in my ueue I almost returned it but then decided it might be a good choice for my ‘Monday Musical Moments’ feature on my blog I’m very glad I decided to go ahead with this book even if I had to work it into my tight reading schedule In the beginning the writing was a little rough mainly because I felt like things were moving along at a breakneck speed which left little room for an intimate look at Maurice his music his relationships and so on However as the book progressed the frenetic pacing did slow down a little and a rhythm developed The I discovered about Maurice the I started to like himHe was a smart well read man very spiritual with an open mind and was refreshingly honest about the way he lived his life Despite his having glossed over large chunks of time I could relate to White’s introverted nature and could understand his mindset and picked up on how uncomfortable he felt about divulging personal aspects his life I always liked EWF but was of a casual fan While Maurice may have been the founder of the group the person I always associated it with was Phillip Bailey However this book did remind me of just how many hits the group had how influential they were and what a huge impact they had on fans during some very turbulent times Earth Wind Fire has been around for many years and even today they made an appearance on the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade and I’ve had ‘September' in my head ever since But while the band is still out there doing their thing sadly Maurice is no longer with us His death from Parkinson’s Disease in 2016 gives this book which is a memoirautobiography a haunting tone Overall it is too bad the book wasn’t fleshed out just a bit but I still found it enlightening interesting and of course poignant 4 stars

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My Life with Earth Wind FireEcause they grow on you; WIND because it moves you in one loving direction and FIRE because they consume your heart in a single flame of love Steve HarveyWith 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 successWhite reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he’s endured his mother leaving him behind in Memphis whe. I was challenged recently by a blog reader to read and review nonfiction books I have read fiction books for most of my reading life There were numerous reasons why I have gravitated towards novels instead nonfiction However I chose not to state those reasons in response and accepted their challenge I have decided to use February in celebration of Black History Month to read non fictionI finished Maurice White’s biography My Life with Earth Wind Fire two days ago White was the visionary bandleader for Earth Wind Fire and has chronicled his life story of growing up in 1950’s Memphis moving to Chicago in the 1960’s to get his musical career started and finally to Los Angeles in the 1970’s where he created one of the greatest musical groups in American Pop MusicWhite laid out in full detail the ups and downs of his career and challenges of getting Earth Wind and Fire on the same musical footing as the great white bands of the 1970s like Led Zeppelin Genesis The Eagles and Aerosmith He envisioned Earth Wind and Fire as a crossover band that covered the full musical palette of black music from gospel RB jazz and Afro Cuban Music The band’s musical diversity changed the paradigm of black music along with Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder during the same time Gaye and Wonder focused on the political and social consciousness of the 1970s while White’s Earth Wind and Fire added a spiritual and cosmic perspective uniue for its time to black musicThis uote near the end of book summed up White’s vision for Earth Wind and FireThe irony of all this was that I spent a lot of Earth Wind and Fire’s creative capital to erase the idea that black masculinty was a one size fits all concept I wanted EWF to always represent an intellectual thoughtful man—a man skilled in his musical craft independent in his thinking spiritual and otherwise; a black American and yet a man of the worldEarth Wind and Fire was the first musical group I connected with as a kid in the mid 1980s and songs like That’s The Way of the World my favorite EWF song Love’s Holiday On Your Face Happy Feeling Can’t Hide Love and September remain a part of my life three decades plus later Moreover I truly connect with White’s vision for Earth Wind Fire on an artistic level and has become a source of inspiration for my own creative workMy Life with Earth Wind Fire was an excellent first choice for my challenge and I learned a great deal about the brilliant visionary and creatively complex man that was Maurice White