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TitleLead sister : the story of Karen Carpenter / Lucy O'Brien.
AuthorO'Brien, Lucy, author.
CollectionAdult Biography
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LocationCirc StatusCall NoIssue Name
WinamacAvailableB CARPENTER 

Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9781538184462 (hardback) : $32.00
International Standard Book Number 153818446X (hardback)
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 782.42164/092 23
Personal Name O'Brien, Lucy, author.
Title Statement Lead sister : the story of Karen Carpenter / Lucy O'Brien.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice ©2023.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2023]
Physical Description 358 pages ; 24 cm.
Content Type text txt rdacontent.
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia.
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier.
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-Personal Name Carpenter, Karen, 1950-1983.
Subject Carpenters (Musical group)
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Musicians United States Biography.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Singers United States Biography.
Index Term-Genre/Form Biographies. lcgft.
Location B CARPENTER 31662001752351

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