Q the autobiography of Quincy Jones

by Jones, Quincy, 1933-

Format: Book on CD 2001
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Closed Stacks (Ask at Desk) CD 92 Jone
Location  Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
 
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Call Number  CD 92 Jone
 
 
Summary
Musician, composer, producer, arranger, and pioneering entrepreneur Quincy Jones has lived large and worked for five decades alongside the superstars of music and entertainment. Q is his moving life story, passion, and no-holds-barred honesty that are his trademarks.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. But when his father moved the family west to Seattle, he took up the trumpet and was literally saved by music. Quincy's string of unbroken triumphs in the entertainment industry has been shadowed by a turbulent paersonal life, a story he shares with eloquence and candor.Q is an impressive self-portrait by one of the master makers of American culture that features vivid testimony from key witnesses to his journey, including: Clarence Avant - Buddy Catlett - Lucy Jackson read by Rhonda Campbell - Jeri Jones - Kidada Jones - Lloyd Jones read by Marlon Jones - Quincy Jones III - Rashida Jones - Peggy Lipton - Melle Mel - Jerome Richardson read by Jimmy Cleveland - Clark Terry - Bobby Tucker
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, NY :Simon & Schuster Audio,2001
Other Titles Autobiography of Quincy Jones
Participants/Performers "Read by Quincy Jones and his friends and family"--Container.
Language English
Notes Abridged.
Compact disc.
Description 6 audio discs (approximately 7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0743500601
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