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Lead sister : the story of Karen Carpenter  Cover Image Book Book

Lead sister : the story of Karen Carpenter / Lucy O'Brien

O'Brien, Lucy, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538184462
  • ISBN: 153818446X
  • Physical Description: 358 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2023]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in the English in the UK by Nine Eight Books, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-358) and discography (pages 334-340).
Formatted Contents Note:
Offering -- Sing -- Superstar -- Horizon -- Help -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"A groundbreaking biography reevaluating the life and legacy of transcendent musician Karen Carpenter. As one of the biggest-selling acts of the 1970s, the Carpenters are celebrated for their melodic pop and unforgettable hits like "Close to You," "Yesterday," and "Top of the World." Though Karen is rightly recognized as one of the greatest singers in popular music, the tragedy of her early death in 1983 at the young age of just thirty-two sometimes overshadows her incredible achievements. She has often been portrayed as a victim, controlled by her family and exploited by the music industry. Forty years after her death, this biography reframes her life and legacy as a pioneering woman with her own vision and agency. With exclusive interviews with friends, musicians, and collaborators, bestselling author Lucy O'Brien explores Karen's contributions as a singer, drummer, arranger, and producer, and traces the roots of the Carpenters' iconic sound. Lead Sister also honors Karen's triumphs in the face of her struggle with anorexia, providing contemporary perspectives on eating disorders and mental health. Despite the chronic nature of her illness, Karen Carpenter was, above all, a creative, dedicated, and assured artist whose music delivers an emotional resonance that has transcended generations--and that is how she should be remembered."--Publisher.
Subject: Carpenter, Karen, 1950-1983.
Carpenters (Musical group)
Singers > United States > Biography.
Musicians > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biography.

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Terryville Public Library B CARPENTER (Text) 34028154967021 Adult New Biography Available -
C.H. Booth Library - Newtown B CARPENTE (Text) 34014150080936 Adult New Biography Available -
Douglas Library of Hebron B CARPENTER (Text) 33400154598562 Adult New Biography Available -
Easton Public Library BIO Carpenter, K. O'Brien, L. (Text) 37777155340086 Adult Biography Available -
Milford Public Library 782.421 CARPENTER (Text) 34013154655065 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 02/24/2024
Oliver Wolcott Library - Litchfield B CARPENTER (Text) 36123001535572 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 03/07/2024
Ridgefield Library B CARPENTER (Text) 34010155601767 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 03/06/2024
Rockville Public Library B CARPENTER B&T (Text) 34035156486553 Adult Biography Available -
Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury B CARPENTER, K OBR (Text) 34005153161475 Adult New Biography Available -
Tolland Public Library B CARPENTER (Text) 34051155962437 Adult New Nonfiction Available -

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