Summary

The late Grammy-winning founder of the legendary pop/R&B/soul/funk/disco group tells his story and charts the rise of his legendary band in this sincere memoir that captures the heart and soul of an artist whose groundbreaking sound continues to influence music today. With a foreword by David Foster.
With its dynamic horns, contrasting vocals, and vivid stage shows, Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the most popular acts of the late 20th century - the band "that changed the sound of black pop" (Rolling Stone) - and its music continues to inspire modern artists including Usher, Jay Z, CeeLo Green, and Outkast. At last the band's founder, Maurice White, shares the story of his success.
White reflects on the great blessings music has brought to his life and the struggles he's endured: his mother leaving him behind in Memphis when he was four; learning to play the drums with Booker T. Jones; moving to Chicago at 18 and later Los Angeles after leaving the Ramsey Lewis Trio; forming EWF, only to have the original group fall apart; working with Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond; his diagnosis of Parkinson's; and his final public performance with the group at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Through it all White credits his faith for his amazing success and guidance in overcoming his many challenges.
My Life with Earth Wind, & Fire is an intimate, moving, and beautiful memoir from a man whose creativity and determination carried him to great success and whose faith enabled him to savor every moment.
©2016 Maurice White (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By darren on 29-12-16

A great look at a great musician

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EWF are my all time favourite group but I did not know too much about their history and virtually nothing of Maurice White's life, so I found this book very interesting. The story although not containing any real surprises was very well told and the reader was perfection.
A great insight into the 1970's and 1980's music scene.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda Ealey on 28-02-17

Maurice--Earth, Wind and Fire

What made the experience of listening to My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire the most enjoyable?

To be able to see the human side of Maurice and EWF.....they are one of the greatest groups of all time!!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maurice White, of course.

What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice of experience and expression.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The road traveled for Earth, Wind and Fire

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Maurice White's story did not disappoint....thanks for the music.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marty Cohn on 12-11-16

Told in a way to: Keep Your Head (In This Book!!)

This is officially the best audible bio book I've listened to!. Brother Maurice was the definition of a man. I literally couldn't stop listening to his story. AND... I'm going to listen to it again. It's that heavy. Thanks Maurice for the music and the no holds barred look into your life. Extremely well arranged and told. Wow.

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