June 4, 2012 - Carly Simon's yet-to-be titled book will be about her childhood as a daughter of Richard L. Simon, co-founder of Simon & Schuster, the discovery of her life-altering stammer, her meteoric rise and unparalleled career in music, and her loves, including her marriage to James Taylor.
Carly commented, "I was born into the world of book publishing. My father, the co- founder of Simon and Schuster, published many stories in their autobiographical form, and after I finally understood that making books wasn't just about glue, scotch tape and thick paisley paper, I was old enough to read some of them. (By that time I was also keeping a diary: 'Dear Diary, tonight we had peas and carrots and chocolate pudding for desert.') After years of keeping journals and writing lyrics for my tunes, I have developed a strong interest in seeing how my life might just string together in a longer form. I know I'll be looking for a strong chorus, like a repeating dream or theme. I am thrilled to be writing for Random House. I know both of my parents would be smiling and proud."
This triple biography from author Sheila Weller examines the lives and careers of singer-songwriters Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. Extensively researched, Weller interviewed almost every person in these women’s lives (Carly Simon happily cooperated with the author, the other two subjects did not).
A must-read for any fan of these artists, this bio will prove an absorbing, eye-opening tour of rock (and American) history for anyone who’s appreciated a female musician in the past thirty years. B&w photos.
"Let's get one thing clear right from the start -- this is a fabulous book...Girls like Us unfolds with drama and panoramic detail. Written with a keen journalistic and, more importantly, female eye, [it] works as a healthy, long overdue counterweight to the endlessly repeated, male-sided version of rock 'n roll. Before these women broke the cultural sod during the rock 'n roll years, there were no girls like us. Now there are millions." -- Caitlin Moran, London Sunday Times