Listen to My Heart

Listen to My Heart : Life, Love & Roxette

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Listen to My Heart is a completely candid and passionate, heartbreaking yet often witty life story of one of rock music's most resilient lead singers, Marie Fredriksson from Roxette ("It Must Have Been Love," "Listen to Your Heart," "The Look," "Joyride").

Given only a few months to live following a harrowing diagnosis in 2002-yet surviving for 17 more years, until 2019-Marie boldly forged ahead into a life with newfound courage and inspiration. She continued as both a solo singer and with Roxette, where she performed over 550 concerts to millions of fans, sold 75 million records, and released over 50 singles including several global hits. In all, Roxette is Sweden's biggest music group-second only to ABBA.

Filled with behind-the-scenes stories involving everyone from Tina Turner and Elton John to The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra, Listen to My Heart also explores her humble family beginnings, an early tragedy in the sudden loss of Marie's sister, her transition into the music industry as a solo artist, and the formation and challenges of being in one of the world's most successful pop groups. All while trying to maintain a stable marriage and being a mother to two young children in the face of a life-altering illness.

Heart-wrenching yet winning, and told with exceptional energy and sincerity, Listen to My Heart sheds new and revelatory light on the life and work of one of our generation's most talented and courageous artists.

Contains a foreword by Marie's longtime friend, director Jonas Akerlund (Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Paul McCartney, U2) and personal photographs from her family's collection.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm
  • United States
  • English
  • More than 70 B&W stage and private photographs from Marie Fredriksson's family collection.; 70 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1948221241
  • 9781948221245
  • 1,348

About Marie Fredriksson

Marie Fredriksson was a Swedish singer, songwriter, pianist and painter, who was best known internationally as the lead vocalist of pop rock duo Roxette, which she formed in 1986 with Per Gessle. The duo achieved international success beginning in the late 1980s with the albums Look Sharp! and Joyride, and had multiple hits on the Billboard Hot 100 including four number ones-the most for any Swedish act. Select hits include "Listen to My Heart," "It Must Have Been Love" (from the film Pretty Woman), "The Look," and "Joyride."

Helena von Zweigbergk is one of Sweden's most talented and respected authors. She's also a journalist and has been a regular presenter of The Scouts, a Swedish radio series on contemporary culture and trends, since 1988. Some of her selected previous novels include Out of the Mouth of the Volcano (2008), Things You Just Say (2009), and The Heart Beats On (2013).

Jonas Akerlund is a Swedish film director, screenwriter, and music video director who collaborated with Marie Fredriksson and Roxette nearly 20 times. His video for Madonna's single "Ray of Light" won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video and a record five awards at the 1998 Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year. Subsequently he won two more Grammy Awards-for concert films of Madonna and Paul McCartney-and has directed Lady Gaga, Beyonce, U2, and Metallica in multiple music videos.
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