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Q : the autobiography of Quincy Jones.

by Jones, Quincy, 1933-

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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CLP - Homewood African American ML419.J7 A3 2001
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  African American
Call Number  ML419.J7 A3 2001
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML419.J7 A3 2001
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Call Number  ML419.J7 A3 2001
Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 781.64092 Jones
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Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  781.64092 Jones
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Biography 92 JON
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Collection  Biography
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Non-Fiction 92 JON
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 JON
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Collection  Non-Fiction
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction BIOGRAPHY 92 JONES 2001
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Call Number  BIOGRAPHY 92 JONES 2001
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
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "'Twould be a shame if prolific musician, producer, and composer Jones were ultimately remembered solely for facilitating Michael Jackson's signature album, Thriller. To forestall that development, the man himself offers a mellifluous autobiography, which tells quite a bit about Thriller and Jackson but more about Jones' life and long career. Growing up mostly on Chicago's gritty South Side, Jones ran the streets and was fascinated by "the black gangsters who ran all of black Chicago." The usual fruits of fascination with the underworld ensued. "I don't think I ever saw a white person's house until I was eleven and . . . by that time I was carrying a knife and doing whatever I had to do to survive." Every weekend Jones and his siblings "watched a legendary black cop named Two-Gun Pete . . . shoot black kids in the back in broad daylight, right in front of a Walgreen's drugstore." (And those who watchdog repression say the streets are meaner today!) Urban legends, a streetwise narrative voice, the skinny on Michael Jackson, plus bits on other performers many may find more interesting than the self-styled King of Pop--all from a pop star with jazz credibility who might actually have written it himself. Quite a book. --Mike Tribby"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "With some chapters written by Jones, and others by his family and friends (Ray Charles and Peggy Lipton, to name a few), this (auto)biography full of behind-the-scenes anecdotes has an improvisational feel that suits its subject: a jazz musician and superstar composer. Jones came from a hardscrabble background split between Seattle and Chicago when he was still a boy, his schizophrenic mother was placed in a mental hospital for a time, and he was raised by his father and a stepmother. Jones discovered his talent for music early on, and hit the road with Lionel Hampton's jazz band when he was still a teenager. Hampton is just one of the musical greats who makes an appearance Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington and Ray Charles are others. Jones scored his greatest musical successes during the 1970s and '80s (during which years he composed film scores and Michael Jackson's albums), but the strength of the book comes early on, when he describes the joy of his discovery of music, his early friendship with Charles and his struggles and joys as a jazz trumpeter on the road. "When I played music, my nightmares ended. My family problems disappeared." But to Jones's credit, he doesn't hold back his narrative when those problems caught up with him in the 1980s and he suffered a mental breakdown. With the help of his friends, Jones has composed a life story that gives much more than the typical celebrity memoir. (Oct.) Forecast: This title will appeal to many, including fans buying the CD boxed set, Q: The Music of Quincy Jones. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Jones, Quincy, -- 1933-
Jazz musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,2001
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Autobiography of Quincy Jones
Language English
Description xiii, 412 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes discography (pages [347]-360), filmography (pages [361]-371), and index.
ISBN 0385488963 (alk. paper)
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