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.
For anyone who wishes that their life had musical accompaniment, or that everyday people spontaneously broke into song like they do in musicals, several new shows could be for you, including Adam Overett's 'My Life Is a Musical' and an upcoming movie from Disney, ‘Bob the Musical.'
Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera's general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.
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.