Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

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By (author) Herbie Hancock, With Lisa Dickey

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  • Publisher: Viking Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 36mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 16 December 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0670014710
  • ISBN 13: 9780670014712
  • Illustrations note: 16
  • Sales rank: 107,594

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The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time In "Herbie Hancock" the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way. From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis's second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; "Herbie Hancock" reveals the method behind Hancock's undeniable musical genius. Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, "Herbie Hancock" promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers.

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Jazz legend Herbie Hancock began playing piano at the age of seven. He would go on to play with Miles Davis before forming his own bands and working with musicians such as Sting, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Lang Lang, Christina Aguilera, and Carlos Santana. Hancock also won an Oscar for the score of "Round Midnight." In 2011 he was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2013. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"This book is many treasures. You have to read it to understand Herbie Hancock, to read and understand Mr. Hancock explaining how he achieved things. It is also a great treasure to make contact. The contact is you and Herbie telling you about himself. You are receiving the information and understandings of himself to you. He is very, very clear. Thank you, Herbie, because so many geniuses like yourself in the arts have trouble defining themselves and what they do." --Bill Cosby "Herbie and I have been brothers since before electricity! One of my favorite things about Herbie is that both he and I aim to de-categorize music; we don't think of music in terms of genres or rules, we both live outside the box and love good music, no matter the genre. If you like piano, or jazz, or music, or great stories, or life itself, you will love this book. Herbie Hancock has been electrifying audiences for decades, and now he's about to do it to readers, too." --Quincy Jones "Herbie Hancock's new book "Possibilities "elevates, transforms, and illumines consciousness. This wealth of insight opens wider the space of possibilities with raw honesty, courage, and curiosity. It takes us into a place of brilliant alchemy of God's life, music, and humor. Genius IS genius does." --Carlos Santana