Shining Star by Philip Bailey audiobook

Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire

By Philip Bailey , with Keith Zimmerman and Kent Zimmerman
Read by Philip Bailey

Tantor Audio 9780670785889
8.29 Hours Unabridged
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With more than ninety million records sold and eight Grammy Awards throughout its forty-year history, Earth, Wind & Fire has staked its claim as one of the most successful, influential, and beloved acts in music history. Now, for the first time, its dynamic lead singer, Philip Bailey, chronicles the group's meteoric rise to stardom and his own professional and spiritual journey. Never before had a musical act crossed multiple styles and genres with a quixotic blend of astrology, Universalism, and Egyptology as Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) did when it exploded into the public's conscience during the 1970s. The group's shows became sensory experiences, with their dramatic staging, shimmering costumes, elaborate choreography, baffling magic tricks, and a thumping backbeat. At the center of the group was its charismatic founder, Maurice White, and Bailey, with his soaring multioctave range and distinctive falsetto. After being signed by recording titan Clive Davis, EWF went on to produce a remarkable series of platinum and gold albums and to headline stadiums around the world. Bailey hit the wall due to fame, fortune, and the excesses of global success. The constant touring and performing took its toll on him publicly and privately. While White and Bailey's relentless work ethic shot the band into the stratosphere, it also exhausted and emotionally gutted the group. In 1983, White abruptly dismantled the band, leaving Bailey and the rest of the members to fend for themselves. Shining Star is the true story of what happens when real life exceeds your dreams and when the power and pain of building a legacy bring both joy and faith-testing challenges.

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Summary

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With more than ninety million records sold and eight Grammy Awards throughout its forty-year history, Earth, Wind & Fire has staked its claim as one of the most successful, influential, and beloved acts in music history. Now, for the first time, its dynamic lead singer, Philip Bailey, chronicles the group's meteoric rise to stardom and his own professional and spiritual journey.

Never before had a musical act crossed multiple styles and genres with a quixotic blend of astrology, Universalism, and Egyptology as Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) did when it exploded into the public's conscience during the 1970s. The group's shows became sensory experiences, with their dramatic staging, shimmering costumes, elaborate choreography, baffling magic tricks, and a thumping backbeat. At the center of the group was its charismatic founder, Maurice White, and Bailey, with his soaring multioctave range and distinctive falsetto. After being signed by recording titan Clive Davis, EWF went on to produce a remarkable series of platinum and gold albums and to headline stadiums around the world.

Bailey hit the wall due to fame, fortune, and the excesses of global success. The constant touring and performing took its toll on him publicly and privately. While White and Bailey's relentless work ethic shot the band into the stratosphere, it also exhausted and emotionally gutted the group. In 1983, White abruptly dismantled the band, leaving Bailey and the rest of the members to fend for themselves.

Shining Star is the true story of what happens when real life exceeds your dreams and when the power and pain of building a legacy bring both joy and faith-testing challenges.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fans of Bailey’s music will find him a warm and occasionally very funny guide through the elements of this American band.” Publishers Weekly
Fans of Bailey's music will find him a warm and occasionally very funny guide through the elements of this American band that Rolling Stone declared 'changed the sound of black pop.' Publishers Weekly
“An energetic memoir about a complex individual and his music.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Philip Bailey

Author Bio: Philip Bailey

Philip Bailey is an iconic American R&B, pop, soul, jazz, and gospel singer/songwriter/percussionist best known as the lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire. He has won seven Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire in 2000. He lives in Southern California.

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Author Bio: Keith Zimmerman

Author Bio: Keith Zimmerman

Keith Zimmerman started his writing career in the music industry, spending two years as a senior editor of the national music trade magazine formerly known as Gavin, along with his twin brother Kent. The two have since teamed up to write books, calling themselves “the Zimmermen.” They have written more than a dozen books together. In addition to their writing careers, the brothers teach a weekly creative writing class in H-Unit at San Quentin State Prison.

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Author Bio: Kent Zimmerman

Author Bio: Kent Zimmerman

Kent Zimmerman started his writing career in the music industry, spending two years as a senior editor of the national music trade magazine formerly known as Gavin, along with his twin brother Keith. The two have since teamed up to write books, calling themselves “the Zimmermen.” They have written more than a dozen books together. Their first literary project was Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, which they collaborated on to create John Lydon’s memoirs of the Sex Pistols and the London punk scene. Both brothers were named 2005 Writer Laureates by the San Francisco Friends of the Library. In addition, the brothers teach a weekly creative writing class at San Quentin State Prison.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.29
Audience: Adult
Language: English