By Sheila Weller
A groundbreaking and impossible to resist biography of 3 of America's most crucial musical artists -- Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon -- charts their lives as ladies at a mystical second in time.
Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon stay one of the so much enduring and significant ladies in renowned tune. every one girl is special. Carole King is the made from outer-borough, middle-class ny urban; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a toddler of the new york highbrow higher crust. They jointly symbolize, of their lives and their songs, an outstanding swath of yank ladies who got here of age within the overdue Sixties. Their tales hint the arc of the now mythic sixties iteration -- lady model -- yet in a bracingly particular and deeply recalled method, faraway from cliché. The historical past of the ladies of that iteration hasn't ever been written -- in the past, via their resonant lives and emblematic songs.
Filled with the voices of many dozens of those women's intimates, who're talking in those pages for the 1st time, this alternating biography reads like a unique -- other than it's all actual, and the heroines are recognized and loved. Sheila Weller captures the nature of every girl and provides a balanced portrayal enriched via a wealth of recent details.
Girls Like Us is an epic remedy of midcentury girls who dared to wreck culture and turn into what none have been sooner than them -- confessors in tune, rock superstars, and adventurers of middle and soul.
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Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - And the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller