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

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 8, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 584 pages
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A groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists -- Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon -- charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time.

Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly 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 sixties generation -- female version -- but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written -- until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.

Filled with the voices of many dozens of these women's intimates, who are speaking in these pages for the first time, 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.
  

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

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

What a fun ride this book was! The bumps in the road... bad writing and detail overload in spots ... couldn't ruin the trip through my own formative years with three cohorts who provided an important ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan Ritz - Goodreads

I loved this book, couldn't out it down. I remember listening to Joni and Carole (Carly less) constantly in high school, but until I read this book I hadn't actually thought of how their very personal ... Read full review

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Contents

chapter
29
chapter three Carly
78
chapter four
103
1961Early 1965
124
1961Late 1965
153
March 1965December 1967
208
19651969
249
Late 1967Mid1970
273
19721984
377
19721982
403
Late 1973Late 1987
440
Source Notes
529
chapter
531
Acknowledgments
541
Discography
561
1964Early 1969
569

19691970 Joni 1970
306
Mid1970Early 1973
340

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About the author (2008)

Sheila Weller is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of five previous 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. To learn more, visit www.girlslikeusthebook.com.

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