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Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon---and the Journey of a Generation

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon---and the Journey of a Generation

Written by Sheila Weller

Narrated by Susan Ericksen


Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon---and the Journey of a Generation

Written by Sheila Weller

Narrated by Susan Ericksen

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3.5/5 (17 ratings)
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22 hours
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Released:
Apr 15, 2008
ISBN:
9781400176496
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Description

Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct: King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic generation known as "the sixties"-the female version-but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation had never been written-until now-and it is told through the resonant lives and emblematic songs of Mitchell, Simon, and King.



Filled with the voices of many dozens of these women's intimates, this alternating biography reads like a novel-except it's all true, and the heroines are famous and beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced portrayal enriched by a wealth of new information.



Girls Like Us is an epic treatment of midcentury women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them-confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul.
Publisher:
Released:
Apr 15, 2008
ISBN:
9781400176496
Format:
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About the author

Sheila Weller is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of five books, most recently her 2003 family memoir, Dancing at Ciro's, which The Washington Post called "a substantial contribution to American social history." She is the senior contributing editor at Glamour, a contributor to Vanity Fair, and a former contributing editor of New York magazine. To learn more, visit GirlsLikeUstheBook.com.



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  • (4/5)
    Alrhough I was not old enough to live thru the Hippie era, the music of the times was the soundtrack of my childhood. These were the songs of summers at the cottage, bonfires at camp, and afternoons after-school. This book tells the stories of Carole King, Carly Simon, and Joni Mitchell. The first 2 ladies are singer songwriters I adore, Joni, well, not so much. I could never stand her voice, preferred it when others recorded her songs. I never gave her credit for being such a brilliant songwriter, she truly writes poetry, words that stand alone without the music!

    I have alsways loved the hits of Carole and Carly, and the stories behind the tunes are juicy gossip! Their lives meshed and co-mingled, rarely with happy results! The personal details are fun, Carly, such a slut, Carole, growing up thru her music, and Joni, well, Joni always seemed mean, cold and petulant to me, and this book did nothing to disavow me of these impressions! They shared men, few of whom are anywhere near as talented or interesting as the ladies!

    This is a big book, and a rather slow read, but if you grew up with these ladies on your portable record player, you will really love this book! Get your ipod loaded up with these nostalgic songs and enjoy!
  • (2/5)

    Two stars for subject.

    The book is about Joni Mitchell, Carole King, & Carly Simon.....their music, lives, & loves (some handed down & around).

    I did not like the book: It began with a supposed diary entry of Carole's best young time friend about the day Carole chose her new last name King (it was Klein)....then in midstream I was reading about a young pregnant Joanie Anderson (now Mitchell)...and then I was reading about a stage frightened Carly Simon.

    The book kept shifting between the three women and was not written in a contiguous chronological order. I sure couldn't follow it.

    Also the author inserted suppositions....and I could not figure out how she could possibly know if she wasn't there.....

    I was very disappointed....At least the photos made some sense to me of what what was going on in their lives...and those I could follow.
  • (4/5)
    At almost 600 pages, there's no point in picking this book up without an interest in the subject. That was not a problem for me, since the subjects are 3 singers whose work provided an important sound track to my youth: Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. Tapestry, No Secrets, and Ladies of the Canyon (and Blue) all came out when I was in college, and Joni especially got played over and over. These artists also had men falling all over them (some famous), and there's plenty of gossip.
  • (4/5)
    nteresting biosI was taken back by the complexity of their lives (although I shouldn't have been) and especially enjoyed learning what motivated a particular song.
  • (1/5)
    I haven't even finished this book. Unless you are just Totally engrossed in the era of Joni Mitchel Carole Kind and Carly Simon (Whom I was reading it for) It is just a total bore. Sorry every one.
  • (3/5)
    first half of book was fascinating look at era & performers. Unfortunately, the last part of the book became a recitation of the performers' personal lives, which was a lot less interesting to me than to the author.