May 02, 2012 11:11 AM EDT
Jazz musician Herbie Hancock will reveal intimate details of his career in a memoir due for release in fall 2014, Viking Press said on Tuesday.
Hancock, 71, has become a pioneering force in the jazz and blues music world, earning 14 Grammy awards and an Academy Award over his five-decade career, and seeing many of his songs become music staples.
"There are few artists in any genre who have had a career as rich and influential as Mr. Hancock's, and his memoir promises to be not only the record of a remarkable life and career but a singular chronicle of one of the most fertile periods in the development of jazz," said Clare Ferraro, president of Viking Press.
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The pianist and composer, from Chicago, rose to fame in the 1960s playing with trumpeter Miles Davis in his "second great quintet," and composed hits such as "Watermelon Man," "Chameleon" and "Cantaloupe Island."
Hancock is currently an ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), pledging to use music to cross cultural boundaries and promote literacy and creativity among youth around the world.
All this week, news stories have been highlighting the precarious financial situation of many artists. First Salon.com reported that music streaming sites are reducing the royalties paid out to classical and jazz musicians. Then writer Daphne Carr addressed the problem of unpaid gigs. And finally, actor Ian McKellen called for a living wage for stage actors.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle announced yesterday that the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is the first institution to receive the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The National Medal of Arts is reserved for those who are "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States."
“I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky” is the title of a song-play by contemporary composer John Adams and poet June Jordan. The Long Beach Opera will present the Southern California premiere of 'Ceiling/Sky' at the Ford Amphitheatre on August 23