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It's not only rock 'n' roll : iconic musicians reveal the source of their creativity
Boyd, Jenny, author.
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Publication Information:
London : John Blake, 2013.
Physical Description:
xiv, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm
General Note:
First published as: Musicians in tune by Fireside in 1992.
Nurturing creativity -- The drive to create -- The unconscious -- The collective unconscious -- The peak experience -- Chemicals and creativity -- The creative potential -- Full circle.
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Central Library ML3838 .B696 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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B. B. King, Joni Mitchell, Keith Richards, Queen Latifah, and more than 70 other iconic musicians discuss the creative process in exclusive interviews

"I was amazed at how many people have shared an experience I thought was so rare."  --Eric Clapton

In this exciting, original, and inspiring book, 75 of the world's most iconic musicians reveal, many for the first time, their thoughts on creating music. Psychologist Jenny Boyd has probed the minds and souls of these artists and has delved into the drive to create, the importance of nurturing creativity, the role of unconscious influences, and the effects of chemicals and drugs on the creative process. Music legends who contributed exclusive interviews include Rosanne Cash, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Mick Fleetwood, George Harrison, John Lee Hooker, Branford Marsalis, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, Ice-T, and Warren Zevon. With candid photographs and in-depth analysis of what makes great musicians tick, this will be of interest to any musician or music fan.

Author Notes

Jenny Boyd is a clinical consultant with many personal ties to the music world. Holly George-Warren is a Grammy-nominated writer, editor, producer, and music consultant who has written and edited more than 40 music-related books, many as the editor of Rolling Stone Press from 1993-2001. She writes for such publications as  Entertainment Weekly ,  New York Times , and Rolling Stone ; has served as an archivist/​curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and The GRAMMY Museum; has edited and packaged the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame annual induction book every year since 1995; and has appeared as a music and pop culture expert on CBS Saturday Morning , MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, and NBC. She lives in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: In Search of Creativityp. ix
Chapter 1 Nurturing Creativityp. 1
Chapter 2 The Drive to Createp. 39
Chapter 3 The Unconsciousp. 81
Chapter 4 The Collective Unconsciousp. 123
Chapter 5 The Peak experiencep. 167
Chapter 6 Chemicals and Creativityp. 209
Chapter 7 The Creative Potentialp. 249
Conclusion: Full Circlep. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 299
Appendix 1 Interview Questionsp. 301
Appendix 2 Musicians Interviewedp. 304
Appendix 3 Recommended Readingp. 311
Indexp. 315

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