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Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography [Format Kindle]

Mary Black

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For the last thirty years, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence on the Irish music scene, an award-winning artist with many bestselling albums to her name. Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Mary takes us back to the roots of her musical heritage and to the influences that helped to shape her as an artist and a woman.
Born into a musical family, Mary Black – a feisty tomboy who could hold her own when it came to sparring with her brothers and anyone else brave enough to take her on – began singing folk songs from the age of ten. Music played an important role in the family home and, performing with her brothers and her sister Frances, Mary built her highly successful career on the bedrock of these early years.
From the pubs and clubs of her hometown, Dublin, she went on to perform in some of the most prestigious venues across the world. Always committed to exploring new material from the best writers, her unique talent attracted acclaim from critics, fellow artists and the public alike. It also led to a host of bestselling albums, including the multi-platinum No Frontiers, which spent more than a year in the Irish Top 30.
Mary’s love of singing was matched only by the love she had for her family. As she recalls the inevitable tensions that arose when trying to juggle family life and a high-profile career, she tells of her struggle to combine the two contrasting aspects of her life. It was only through gritty determination, hard work and a fair amount of laughter that Mary was able to enjoy major success as an artist and, at the same time, raise a close and loving family with her husband Joe.
Refreshingly honest, and written with warmth and humour, Down the Crooked Road offers a unique insight into the life and career of one of our most gifted singers – an artist who, during the course of her long career, has captured the hearts of millions around the world.

Quatrième de couverture

'I realize this moment is the culmination of years and years of work, and I have been waiting for it my whole life. I find myself thinking back to how it began all those years ago in a tiny, cramped bedroom in Dublin - just me, my brother and a battered, second-hand tape recorder . . . Within moments we are standing behind the stage and for a second I think again of that little girl who couldn't wait to get back to that room to sing. The crowd erupts as I walk on stage, tambourine in hand.'

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 15148 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Editeur : Transworld Digital; Édition : Reprint (9 octobre 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00M2P2B94
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Treasure! 14 novembre 2014
Par AnnieM - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I couldn't put this book down. It's one of the few books I have stayed up until the wee hours to read. I have loved Mary Black's music since 1986, when I visited a friend in Ireland and heard it for the first time. I didn't know anything about her life--I just loved her music over the years. Now comes "Down the Crooked Road," her autobiography. It's a lovely read. I have always loved her singing voice, and now I love her writing voice. She writes in a conversational tone, so that, as I read the book, I felt as though I had been sitting across a table at the local pub, listening to her talk about her life. Her 'writing voice' is warm, reflective and honest. Her stories are poignant, haunting, and at times, hilarious. I was sad to finish the book, as I didn't want it to end. Even though she will give up international touring, I know that she will still sing. I hope that she continues to write. She has a voice for both.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sitting down with the book was like having a steaming hot mug of tea and a warm buttered scone on a cold, damp Dublin afternoon. 22 juin 2015
Par Peter Patrick Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
As a Dubliner, long since dispatched to the shores of the US, I confess little objectivity in reviewing Mary Black's Down The Crooked Road. Sitting down with the book was like having a steaming hot mug of tea and a warm buttered scone on a cold, damp Dublin afternoon. It was pure joy to read about Mary's professional and personal journey and, if there were any regrets at all, it was that I didn't get to see more of her live performances when I was still living in Dublin. If you're an ex-Pat, like me, take a trip down memory lane and savor this book. If you've never been to Ireland, this wonderful book will take you gently there and give you a lovely sense for the color of her music, her people and the laughter. Peter Smith, Author, Hiring Squirrels
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mary has more colours than black 20 avril 2015
Par RKat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Very well written and frank autobiography. Sad in places, especially the story about Dave Early who was a remarkable drummer and percussionist. There are stories about the nuns , about her family who have contributed so much to Irish musical history. This book got me listening to Mary's back catalogue again and what a sterling catalogue it is too. How often do we take these artists for granted. We need to support all our live acts. And long may Mary continue on that road.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great read for Mary Black fans! 14 janvier 2015
Par Creative in NY - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Great book about a great singer! If you love Mary Black, you'll love this book. It's an easy read, and it was great to learn more about Mary's background and share her memories of musical and life events. I've had the privilege of chatting with Mary after a couple of her concerts and found her to be warm and down-to-earth. This book showed that to be true.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good reading 4 juin 2015
Par Beth - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've been a Mary Black fan for many years and have seen her in concert twice. I enjoy knowing the backstory of some of the songs. I'm also a fan of Ireland, and I have more insight into what it's like to live there now.
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