04.10.12 - Carole King's memoir is released
A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King has finally made it's way to store shelves and the reviews have been fantastic. Deeply personal, King's long-awaited memoir offers readers a front-row seat to the woman behind the legend.
One Amazon reviewer writes: I read "Girls Like Us" and figured that Carole would never be as truthful and forthcoming as that account of her life was. Boy, was I wrong. Carole is an amazing and truthful writer. Carole was quite elaborate about her marriages and her highs and lows. I was particularly impressed with her technical elaboration regarding the recording of "Tapestry". It was like "Recording 101". This great book filled in so many blanks of this lifelong fan.
Listen to Carole on NPR's Fresh Air in this 40 minute interview.
09.27.11 - The Bangles release song inspired by Girls Like Us
Anna Lee is the new song written by The Bangles who were inspired by reading Girls Like Us.
"We wrote this in the studio together, all three of us. For some reason, I really wanted to write in the studio, and it's something Matthew was pushing us to do. The music came together very fast. It started with the riff, and then we all just chimed in singing. It's very '60s and '70s, but hey, that's fine – that's the idea. The lyrics we worked on separately. Interestingly, a character sort of developed in the song. We had all just read Girls Like Us, the book about Carly Simon, Carole King and Joni Mitchell, and we were inspired by it. We sort of made up a portrait of a person based around those women – it's kind of mythical." - Susanna
Got a picture of you sitting in the kitchen
Without a stitch on
Beautiful and natural as can be
Later in the gloaming hours
In the garden
All the boys they flock to you
Wanna do more than talk to you right now
Dontcha wanna be
Maybe it was love and peace and
Living in the sweetest season
Wonderland the sweetheart of the sun
Now we want to celebrate her
All of us who came in later
Quiet power, simple grace
No man could put you in your place right now
We all wanna be
08.19.11 - Girls Like Us the MOVIE news
John Sayles is currently writing the script for the upcoming Girls Like Us movie. "It’s been a lot of fun, if just to listen to the music from all three women, go back and replay the albums, and then learn some new stuff about them. I’m a fan of their music, and I was around when they were getting famous and kind of make some connections.
The director will be Katie Jacobs, who’s one of the producer/directors on the TV series ‘House”.
03.02.2011 - James Taylor receives National Medal of Arts
01.31.2011 - New DVD/CD celebrating the 70's singer/songwriter
Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter (DVD & CD) 2011
In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore – a style marked by vulnerable introspection and raw, naked emotion. Backed by little more than a lone acoustic guitar or simple piano, these exciting voices descended upon Los Angeles. Their epicenter for self-expression became an old beatnik folk club and a fitting name: The Troubadour. TROUBADOURS traces Carole King, James Taylor and the singer/songwriter scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The film also interweaves the intriguing story of the 'world famous' Troubadour club that cemented their musical legacy.
The inspiration for making a feature documentary grew out of a series of landmark reunion concerts Carole King & James Taylor played at the Troubadour in 2007, to mark the club's 50th anniversary. And it's that enduring spirit of camaraderie and creativity that pervades TROUBADOURS, which chronicles the development of King and Taylor's unique voices, while tracing the strong connective tissue between them, and the remarkable group of musicians and performers who played before, after, and alongside them. TROUBADOURS tells the story of when rock n' roll grew up.
12.22.10 Eugenia Gingold, Carole King's mother, dies at 94
King's has come from adoring crowds at her concerts, including the recent tour, with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member James Taylor, that brought her to South Florida last summer.
Gingold's came in smaller venues, the New York and South Florida theaters where she performed and directed -- and finally from fellow audience members during her late-life job as a theater critic for Florida Stage and Screen News.
Gingold, a South Florida resident since the mid-1970s and an Actor's Equity member, died of congestive heart failure on Dec. 22 in the Hospice Care unit at Delray Medical Center, Delray Beach, her daughter said. She was 94.
Born Eugenia Cammer in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 31, 1916, Gingold acted in high school plays and won awards for excellence in speech. Known as Genie, she graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in English and drama, then worked as a speech therapist in New York City public schools.
Married to Sidney Klein, Gingold gave birth in 1942 to daughter Carol (who later added the ``e'' to her first name) then to son Richard, in 1948.
12.03.10 James Taylor announces first tour with son, Ben Taylor
Starting February 26, 2011, James Taylor will be kicking off a series of unforgettable and intimate shows across America with special guest Ben Taylor. Eighteen dates have been scheduled for this tour, which will also promote a new CD by Ben Taylor, James' son with Carly Simon.
02.26.10 Carly Simon denies rumors that You're So Vain is about David Geffen
While Carly Simon was literally in the air (flying to the UK to promote her latest album Never Been Gone), a UK rumor started by The Sun was picked up by the press as fact - then it was Tweeted / Facebooked / AP'd / Newswired and printed around the world in a matter of hours. By the time she landed and was told of the situation, she flatly denied it as absolutely untrue!!! Carly Simon didn't even know David Geffen until years after the song had been released. Too bad no one bothers to check facts anymore before running with a story that was only a rumor and a very bad guess. Read Sheila Weller's article about this in Vanity Fair
01.15.10 Joni Mitchell announces "serious health problems"
In a interview printed in the Vancouver Sun, Joni Mitchell says she suffers from Morgellons Syndrome, an unexplained illness for which there is as yet no cure.
“My body is like Afghanistan,” she says. “It’s a complex infection. I can’t afford to get a flu on top of it or anything. I’m pretty fragile and it’s pretty uncomfortable.”
Mitchell says she is trying herbs and experimental treatments for her illness. “There’s a lot of maintenance, self maintenance,” she adds. “I don’t want to dwell on it or anything, but I’m trying to get there”.