Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon--and the Journey of A Generation

Book - 2008
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"Girls Like Us," a biography of three important musical artists, Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell, offers an epic treatment of women who dared to break tradition.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9780743491471
0743491475
Characteristics: vi, 584 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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pl1
Mar 27, 2016

A good read, especially for women who came of age in the 60s and 70s. I enjoyed reading about the 3 women's lives and careers, but also appreciated the addition of historical context, how the political and social background influenced and was influenced by the women. It brought back many memories. When I'd first picked up the book, I'd not noticed the subtitle "and the Journey of A Generation". My only criticism is that I think the author devotes more serious study of some of the lyrics, band members, and industry figures than is warranted or wanted.

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mswrite
Sep 27, 2014

Tried to edit my previous comment but the squirrelly system won't let me--forgot somehow to mention Joni Mitchell's beautiful "Both Sides Now" (made famous by Judy Collins) and poetic sixties anthem "Woodstock" (popularized by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young).

Read this book!!

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mswrite
Sep 22, 2014

Such a find, this book. Just looking at the cover brings back the music that was the principal soundtrack of my girlhood:

Everywoman King's "It's Too Late," "Smackwater Jack" and "So Far Away;" Sensualist Simon's "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," "Anticipation," and "You're So Vain," and High Priestess Mitchell's "Carey," "You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio" and every single cut from "Court and Spark." It's nice at last to have some background and perspective on the making of these songs and the gifted women who wrote them.

TheRachelS Jun 16, 2011

Recommended by Lainey

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sagewmn
Aug 30, 2010

An irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists- exploring how they broke new ground personally and professionally.

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mezz
Aug 30, 2008

I'm half way through this book and I'm loving every page. So much background to the many songs I listened to from this period.

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tedrich2921
Aug 25, 2008

This book is over 500 pages long and I only have had two weeks to read it (with no renewals). It's really three biographies and although there are some overlaps among these three people, it would have been better to choose one person and focus on her. I don't find this book very well written and it definitely is not a page turner. It seems to be filled with meaningless details and often gets derailed talking about people who have only marginal connections to these three women. I really like Carole King (actually she is one of my all-time favorite artists), Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. However, the book is mostly a snooze-fest.

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