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A groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of
America's most important musical artists -- Carole King,
Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon -- charts their lives as
women at a magical moment in time.
Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the
most enduring and important women in popular music. Each
woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of
outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is
a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a
child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They
collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a
great swath of American girls who came of age in the late
1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties
generation -- female version -- but in a bracingly specific
and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the
women of that generation has never been written -- until
now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.
Filled with the voices of many dozens of these women's
intimates, who are speaking in these pages for the first
time, this alternating biography reads like a novel --
except it's all true, and the heroines are famous and
beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman
and gives a balanced portrayal enriched by a wealth of new
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