What a Fool Believes (inbunden) NY
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What a Fool Believes

A Memoir

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2024-06-06
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* INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A sweeping and evocative memoir from the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Awardwinning, platinum selling singer-songwriter Michael McDonald, written with his friend, Emmy Awardnominated actor, comedian, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Paul Reiser. Doobie Brothers. Steely Dan. Chart topping soloist. Across a half-century of American music, Michael McDonalds unmistakably smooth baritone voice defined an era of rock and R&B with hit records like What A Fool Believes, Takin It to the Streets, I Keep Forgettin, Peg, It Keeps You Running, You Belong to Me, and Yah Mo B There. In his candid, freewheeling memoir, written with his friend, the Emmy Award-nominated actor and comedian Paul Reiser, Michael tells the story of his life and music. A high school dropout from Ferguson, Missouri, Michael chased his dreams in 1970s California, a heady moment of rock opportunity and excess. As a rising session musician and backing vocalist, a series of encounters would send him on a wild ride around the world and to the heights of rock stardomfrom joining Steely Dan and becoming a defining member of The Doobie Brothers to forging a path as a breakout solo R&B artist. Interwoven with the unforgettable tales of the music, Michael tells a deeply affecting story of losing and finding himself as a man. He reckons with the unshakeable insecurities that drove him, the drug and alcohol addictions that plagued him, and the highs and lows of popularity. Along the way he relays the lessons hes learned, and that if hes learned anything at all its that theres often little correlation between what you get and what you deserve. Filled with unbelievable stories and a matchless cast of music greats including James Taylor, Ray Charles, Carly Simon, and Quincy Jones, What a Fool Believes is a moving and entertaining memoir that is sure to be a classic.
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The singer and songwriter with a silky-smooth voice has written a memoir with Paul Reiser that recounts his story of pain and redemption with dashes of humor...the more you read and think and listen, the more his voice seems like a connecting thread running through Americas popular-music tapestry that, if pulled, might unravel the whole thing or at least, leave a significant, unmendable hole. New York Times Unvarnished and humble...the portrait of a remarkable singer-songwriter who had career highs and terrible lows, who battled alcoholism and self-doubt, endured popularity, mocking and then rejuvenation. Associated Press For all its surface smoothness, yacht rock and the artists who created it over the last few decades can be turbulent below deck...As he reveals in his new memoir, no one encompasses that dichotomy quite like Michael McDonald. That gently huffing mellow voice and electric piano often hid a wild lifestyle, at least during his early, pre-sober days in the music business when he was a member of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. Rolling Stone What a Fool Believes, which was co-written by McDonald's longtime friend and actor Paul Reiser, tells McDonald's life story from first stepping up to the mic as a child to working with idols like Ray Charles and Patti LaBelle and of course, the Doobie Brothers. It also sees McDonald getting vulnerable like never before as he recounts his wife's breast cancer diagnosis and journey with addiction. People The book, which he co-wrote with Paul Reiseryes, the Paul Reiserisnt your typical Yeah, we trashed a few hotel rooms and banged some groupies, but then things changed kind of rock-star autobiography. Its deeper than that, more honest, light on the bravado. GQ What do you get when you combine a 1970s music legend, a 1990s sitcom star and a global pandemic? Michael McDonalds memoir, obviously...What a Fool Believes is oddly difficult to classify, standing out somewhat from the deluge of celebrity memoirs. Its a little bit of everything: an addiction memoir, a career retrospective, a series of funny rock-and-roll vignettes, a rumination on family...vulnerable and honest. Washington Post Candid...What a Fool Believes reveals McDonalds career highslike joining Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothersand personal lows, including his battles with drug and alcohol addiction. AARP He possesses one of the most recognizable voices in Classic Rock. A voice that stretches from a rich, buttery and slightly grizzly baritone to a piercing howl of a tenor...But what even his fans probably dont know are the ups and downs of his life in more detail. That changes with the publication of his autobiography, What A Fool Believes...A revealing read, and has a conversational, easy tone that goes down as easily to the reading eyes as McDonalds voice does to the listening ears. Houston Press Like its namesake song, McDonalds memoir is refreshingly self-deprecating and, at its core, an underdogs triumph. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Singer and songwriter Michael McDonald debuts with an affecting account of his early life, career trajectory, and struggles with addiction. . . . McDonalds down-to-earth approach gives this rock and roll tell-all more weight than others of its kind. Publishers Weekly Yacht rock has many big names, but none have made their presence felt across the genre more than McDonald. As a solo artist, member of the Doobie Brothers and backing vocalist on dozens of classics, McDonalds uniquely soulful voice is practically a signature on a song...[What A Fool Believes] is an engaging story that readers of music bios will enjoy. McDonalds musical journey as a backing singer, a side musician, and a front man is fascinating because it is different from that of many other pop/rock stars.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Michael McDonalds career encompasses five Grammys, countless platinum hits, and chart successes. After being an integral part of Steely Dan, McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist, and songwriter on numerous Top 40 singles. Throughout the 80s and 90s McDonalds solo career took off with a string of hits including I Keep Forgettin (Every Time Youre Near), Sweet Freedom, On My Own (with Patti LaBelle), and the Grammy-winning James Ingram duet Yah Mo B There. McDonald has performed with a whos-who of critically acclaimed artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Grizzly Bear, Thundercat, and Solange Knowles. Paul Reiser is a comedian, Emmy Awardnominated actor, screenwriter, and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Reiser has recently appeared in Netflixs Stranger Things and The Kominsky Method as well as Hulus critically acclaimed comedy Reboot and Amazons The Boys. Reiser created and starred (along with Helen Hunt) in the long-running hit 90s comedy Mad About You and has appeared in classic films like Diner, Aliens, the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, and Whiplash. His latest film The Problem With People, which he wrote, starred in, and produced, is slated to be in theaters early 2024. As an author, Reisers New York Times bestselling books Couplehood, Babyhood, and Familyhood have sold millions of copies.