Girls Like Us : Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – and the Journey of a Generation
by Sheila Weller
Editor: SIMON & SCHUSTER
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A revolutionary and irresistible biography of three of America’s most important music artists-Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon–diagrams of their lives as women at a magical time in timeCarole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular musicEvery woman is differentCarole King is the product of outside the borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers and Carly Simon is a child of Manhattan Island’s intellectual upper crustTogether, they represent, in their lives and songs, a great band of American girls who came of age in the late 1960sTheir stories trace the arc of the now mythical generation of the sixties-feminine versions-but in a specific and deeply remembered way bracingly, far from the clichésThe history of women of this generation has never been written–until now, through their life resonance and emblematic songsFilled with the voices of dozens of these women in lingerie, who speak in these pages, for the first time, this alternation biography reads like a novel-unless it is quite true, and heroines are famous and lovedSheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced representation enriched by a wealth of new informationGirls Like Us is an epic midcentury treatment of women who dared to break tradition and become what no one had been before them–confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul
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