Over the Top and Back

Over the Top and Back

The Autobiography

Book - 2015
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"Across six decades, Tom Jones has maintained a vital career in a risky, unstable business notorious for the short lives of its artists. With a drive that comes from nothing but the love for what he does, he breaks through and then wrestles with the vagaries of the music industry, the nature of success and its inevitable consequences. Having recorded an expansive body of work and performed with fellow artists from across the spectrum and across every popular music genre, from rock, pop and dance to country, blues and soul, the one constant throughout has been his unique musical gifts and unmistakable voice. His performances featured open, half-unbuttoned shirts and tight trousers. But how did a boy from a Welsh coal-mining family attain success across the globe? And how has he survived the twists and turns of fame and fortune to not only stay exciting, but actually become more credible and interesting with age? Tom revisits his past and tells the tale of his journey from wartime Pontypridd to Los Angeles and beyond. The ups and downs of his remarkable life, from the early heydays to the subsequent fallow years to his later period of artistic renaissance. Tom Jones was born Thomas Jones Woodward in South Wales to a traditional coal-mining family. He began singing at an early age and landed is first record contract in 1964, winning a Grammy in 1965 for "It's Not Unusual." He lives in Wales and California"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, ©2015
ISBN: 9781592409617
Branch Call Number: 782.42164092 JON 2015
Characteristics: 424 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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