Tori Amos is an internationally famous singer songwriter and pianist with more than 10 millions albums sold worldwide. She wrote songs like "Crucify" or "Sorty Fairytale" The book "Tori Amos: Piece by Piece" was written with Ann Powers, a pop music critic. So it's not really written by Amos, it's a series of conversation between Amos and Powers.
I read this book because I was intrigued with Amos. She is such a very versatile artist and I wanted to see how she managed to get to the top. Her composing style was particularly interesting to me since I knew that she didn't like to read music sheets.
The book deals with a lot of subjects: composing, of course, but also the music industry, religion or sexuality. It was a bit surprising to me because he expected it to be just about music. But Amos links her creative process to her womanhood and to sexuality. The way Amos talk about music can really empower woman's artist. If you're a feminist you should definitely read that book. There is a lot of interesting ideas about gender inspired by mysticism and Carl Jung's theory.
Amos fans will also learn more about her Cherokee roots and her childhood. I wasn't really interested in her relations with her husband or her child. That's maybe because even I like her music I am not a hardcore fan.
The last part of the book deals with the music industry. It's very interesting for every person who wants to become a famous singer. Her advices are really good and insightful.
In a nutshell, I recommend this book to Tori Amos fans, music lovers and feminists.
Fans won't regret it because you they learn a lot about Tori Amos life. Music lovers will love the books because they will learn a lot about composing and the music industry. Feminists will be very interested in what Amos has to say because her theories about gender are really interesting and refreshing.