Tori Amos: Piece by Piece

I choose to fight my battles through my music I was born a feminist And then at age five, when my strict Christian grandmother punished me, I realized, I m not penetrating here I m just pissing people off So I had to find another way to penetrate I had to redefine what that word means That word now is really about an opening, an entering into a separate space AI choose to fight my battles through my music I was born a feminist And then at age five, when my strict Christian grandmother punished me, I realized, I m not penetrating here I m just pissing people off So I had to find another way to penetrate I had to redefine what that word means That word now is really about an opening, an entering into a separate space And after the first phase of my life, I realized that it was okay to enter that space without having to be invaded I like the idea of just being able to be inside Not using penetration as a violent word The idea of being able to find keys music, using keys to get into a space that we couldn t before Now, backstage at an undisclosed arena where the sweat of athletes is still perfuming my makeshift dressing room, my many conversations with Ann Powers have begun You come from the journalist side I come from the artist side It can become offensive I m sure from your side as well as from mine Well, it s true everyone expects us to be enemies And in some ways we are My job is interpretation Yours is art, which often benefits from mystery Ann and I decided to strip our roles back to basics We are both women born feminists in the 1960s We are both married We are both mothers We are both in the music industry Traditionally we are enemies But for this project to be effective, I had to allow Ann to expose Tori Amos And Tori Amos s inner circle And me from the Introduction BUY TORI AMOS S LATEST RECORDING, THE BEEKEEPER, ON EPIC RECORDS An intimate, eye opening look inside the life of one of the most unique and adored performers of contemporary rock musicFrom her critically acclaimed 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes, to the recent hit, Scarlet s Walk, Tori Amos has been a formidable force in contemporary music, with one of the most dedicated fan bases in the industry In Tori Amos Piece by Piece, the singer herself takes readers beyond the mere facts, explaining the specifics of her creative process how her songs go from ideas and melodies to recordings and passionately performed concert pieces Written with acclaimed music journalist Ann Powers, Tori Amos Piece by Piece is a firsthand account of the most intricate and intimate details of Amos s life as both a private individual and a very public performing musician In passionate and informative prose, Amos explains how her songs come to her and how she records and then performs them for audiences everywhere, all the while connecting with listeners across the world and maintaining her own family life which includes raising a young daughter But it is also much , a verbal collage made by two strong female voices and the voices of those closest to Amos that calls upon genealogy, myth, and folklore to express Amos s unique and fascinating personal history In short, we see the pieces that make up as Amos herself puts it the woman we call Tori With photos taken especially for this book by the photographer Loren Haynes, Tori Amos Piece by Piece is a rare treat for both Tori listeners and newcomers alike, a look into the heart and mind of an extraordinary musician.
Tori Amos Piece by Piece I choose to fight my battles through my music I was born a feminist And then at age five when my strict Christian grandmother punished me I realized I m not penetrating here I m just pissing people

  • Title: Tori Amos: Piece by Piece
  • Author: Tori Amos Ann Powers
  • ISBN: 9781299019461
  • Page: 186
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 thought on “Tori Amos: Piece by Piece”

    1. Man, what a pain! This is a tough call. I'll go with the 2 stars and call it even, I guess.Unfortunately, I feel like I need to talk about my Tori feelings first. Curse it!Before reading this, I correctly worried I would find it all so annoying that I'd be sad. But I picked it up because I conducted an experiment where I re-listened to every Tori song that I've had since high school, which I can't say is every song? But is a few hundred. I just shuffled them around for days. I wasn't allowed to [...]

    2. I loved Tori Amos when I was in high school, but this book was hard to take. In fact, I can't even remember if I finished it. It was almost like reading an unedited, disorganized, self-obssessed diary -- and not a well-written diary at that. I was looking forward to the promised insights into what her songs are about, but she only discussed her most recent work (which I'm not as into).

    3. This might be the worst book I've ever read. The only reason I even gave it ANY stars is because Tori Amos co-wrote it, and I think maybe it wasn't her but her co-writer who can't put a sentence together worth reading. Anyone who knows me, even a little bit, knows how obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED, with Tori Amos I am. I have pictures of her. I have her autograph framed and hidden in the back of my closet. It's my special secret. I don't want just anyone knowing I have such high regard for someo [...]

    4. I love Tori's music. Generally speaking, I love her mind. She's a bit out of the ordinary sometimes, but generally I can appreciate and enjoy that. So I went into this with expecting to fall in love.Straight away, I was put off. In the introduction, there are some interesting glimpses about Tori's approach to songwriting - how she is a vessel for songs - and her outlook on performance and 'the artist'. But then there's also passages like"I was born a feminist. And then at age five, when my stric [...]

    5. Remarkable study/autobiography of a remarkable musician/woman. Wickedly dark humor throughout, and a razor-sharp intelligence. No doubt other Tori fans saw this coming, but I often found myself struck with how many life threads and literary commonalities between the woman and her fans (namely, this one). I always knew she writes somewhat autobiographically in her songs, but I had no idea of how much she borrows from other people's lives as muse, and the way in which she writes about her close fr [...]

    6. Tori Amos's biography, written with the help of Ann Powers, a rock journalist. I really enjoyed hearing about her journey and most of all her experience being an artist, how she thinks about her music and herself. Recommended!

    7. A very descriptive look inside the mind of Tori Amos and the way she creates her songs. A must read for music lovers and lovers of biography

    8. This isn't your usual biography.Oh sure, it covers the gritty truths of Tori's life: Miscarriages, rape, alienation, disillusionment. And yes, it yields the highlights: Her marriage, her daughter's birth, her musical success. But more than anything, this book records not the life of Tori Amos itself, but the *experience* of being Tori. Of being an artist.It's not organized in a necessarily coherent way. It seems to flip-flop around a lot in time, so much so that when her more recent career is th [...]

    9. Tori Amos is my most favorite singer/songwriter ever, meaning that no matter what this book was I could not be disappointed by it for the fact that Piece by Piece didn't have to exist. But it does. It's completely supplemental to my obsession with her music.My actual rating is 4.5 stars, not 5. Here's why. Ann Powers' interjections feel unnecessary to me. In my opinion, they exist only to rehash everything Tori has just said in an attempt to keep casual readers hooked. I don't think there's too [...]

    10. I like Tori Amos, and I like reading Tori's words. You expect her to be a little off, a little weird, and a little vague, and that's okay because for her, it works. But for some reason, Ann Powers, the journalist co-author, comes off like she's trying to out-Tori Tori. I don't expect Powers to be overly critical, but I wasn't ready for this level of wannabe asskissery. It's brilliant when Amos is talking about herself, her personal development, and her life in the business. If you're familiar wi [...]

    11. I love Tori Amos' music and have for years. I have nmet her and found her very inspiring and lovely. She is a bit odd though.This is a great biography and it is clear that she finds inspriration in many well researced places. However, she goes off on a lot of tangents and some of them are hard to follow.It is nice to see a full picture with interviews with many people in her life. I also liked the biographies of some of her best known songs.A good read for fans but a little much for the everyday [...]

    12. I used this book extensively when I started my own book project this past summer. It's exhaustive. She wrote it with Ann Powers, one of my favorite cultural critics, and it's a candid look at her life as it influences her musical process. As you might expect there are many kooky discussions of mystics, Mary Magdalene, and goddesses. You get a really good sense of Tori as a person through this book.

    13. A very interesting look into a singer/song writers life.I have enjoyed some of her music and found this book to be a glimpse of what her life is like. She comes off to me as kind of odd, but then aren't we all?!

    14. I love Piece by Piece by Tori Amos for the same reason that I love her music. It is created for the intelligent, engaged and judicious consumer. Tori and Ann assume that the reader has a love and appreciation for language, mythos, psychology, composition, feminism, etc. Part biography, part treatise on psyco-spiritual compositional methods, and part dissection of mythological archetypes, this book carries the same synthesis of ingredients that make Tori’s music so transcendental. Most of the n [...]

    15. This is a difficult book for me to rate. On the one hand, this book inspired me like nothing has in a long time. Tori's creative process and the way she approaches the world both fascinated and inspired me. I've been struggling with my own creativity for a long time and reading this book was exactly what I needed right now. My issue, however, lies in the editing and the way this book was put together. I am very glad I read this book, especially considering I am deeply familiar with the music ref [...]

    16. I wanted to reread this both because i recently saw Tori live (and I died, she was so amazing and she played Muhammad!) and because the top reviews are so negative. I could only really remember that I liked the book but not why (it’s been like ten years since I read it last). As if with everything T does, particularly post-SW, this is either gonna be love it or hate it. If you’re like me, and you’ve mined the depths of the AATS visualettes and Beekeeper gardens and found soul sisters in ev [...]

    17. Gnostic Tori!If you don't understand that she is coming from a Gnostic perspective in her life and work,then you'll miss the whole point of this book.The Nag Hammadi scriptures are referenced quite a bit and her worldview: Fascinating.I now tend to think she is somewhere between Elaine Pagels and John Lamb Lash's spiritual vision,only with music/poetry as her Sophia-Muse.I'm going back to The Beekeeper and a few other albums of hers with fresh eyes and ears now after reading this.I will also be [...]

    18. Soy muy fan de Tori Amos y este libro no me decepcionó. Es un buen clavado en temas muy interesantes dentro y fuera de su música, como los arquetipos, la feminidad y las largas batallas con las discográficas. Muy recomendable.

    19. What the fuck even is this? A book of people (especially Ann!) who just want to confess how amazing Tori Amos is and how in love with her they are? This whole thing is narcissistic and gross lol

    20. OkI read this book the day it came out a matter of fact I went to the book signing at book people in Austin. All I know is I may not be right about the date i read it but I can say it was during hurricane katrina she came to book people in austin and when the book came out. I know bc I spent hours in line talking and forming a few relationships with refugees that last till this day. Ok, if you know me youre not surprised I'm reviewing this book you know my love of my favorite pianist and compose [...]

    21. I've gone from owning a couple of her CD's over the years to becoming more intrigued of her creative process. Thanks to a dear friend for sharing her box set I have become a routine listener. After reading Tori's book and engrossing myself in her music I think she may have just singlehandedly knocked out all of my top favorite live performers. This woman was born to create music and relay messages from a spiritual realm. Yes, her music is that deep, that moving and some may even say that disturb [...]

    22. After I read Patti Smith's memoir earlier this year, I was determined to read Tori Amos' book again because Tori has had such a critical influence on my development--and in a way, still does. While Amos is not as good as a prose writer as Smith, Piece by Piece relies on Tori's strength. Tori, for example is an amazing interviewee, and the book is structured as an amalgam of interview, reflection, comment and metaphor. I've never read a book quite like it, but the collaboration between Amos and j [...]

    23. If Tori Amos lived in her own universe (which in some ways, she does) I would love love love this book and would think the way she sees the world works out really well. Invoking pantheons of various cultures and being strong and weird and all of that stuff is pretty cool in some ways, and it helped her songs make more sense, the way she sees her creative process. Or at least let me know that I was more or less getting them all these many many years.But Tori Amos lives in the real world, like the [...]

    24. Tori Amos is probably my favourite artist, all genres, and I've listened to her since I was 13 years old, so to say her music has been a big part of my life is an understatement. Nevertheless this book sat, unread, on my bookshelf for a couple of years until I picked it up, and when I did I got almost immediately stuck. I don't think it's the Tori-speak, I have years of experience reading that after all, and once I got passed the first half of the book or so I found myself engrossed in it. I thi [...]

    25. Rather than writing a traditional autobiography, Amos narrates her life story by ruminating and reminiscing about events from her past. It progresses along a fairly linear path, but it's much more introspective story than you'd normally find in a standard factual biography. Frankly, I wouldn't expect anything less from Amos. She discusses her pretty convoluted philosophies, encompassing feminism, ancient Sumerian goddesses, gnosticism, Mary Magdalene, and and the plight of Native Americans--all [...]

    26. The potential for me to be disappointed in this book was so great that it took me ten years to pluck up to the courage to read it. Not only did it live up to my impossible expectations, it exceeded them. I have no idea what other readers were looking for, but I found something that electrified me to such an extent that this is now my favourite book. I'm not surprised some readers hate it - after all Tori Amos is well aware she's not for everyone. She's anchovies. The strength of her singular vis [...]

    27. I'm really surprised that the song Talula, in the soundtrack for Twister wasn't covered at all or mentioned. Neither was the death of her brother. Also, I was a little surprised that there was sparse details for her cameo appearance as a wedding singer in the film "Mona Lisa Smile".Other wise I loved this book, as I've been waiting some 6 years or so to read it. I feel like I can understand Tori Amos and respect her a whole lot more after I read this book. "The Native American way of thinking sa [...]

    28. this is a very interesting read, but only if you are a devoted fan and follower of Tori Amos. i cant imagine how anybody who isnt completely head-over-heals in love with this woman could stomach this book. romantic doesnt do it justice; amos literally refers to her songs with the pronouns Her/She and then proceeds to discuss the meaning of flowers and that cloud you saw yesterday that looked vaguely like a dick and OH WHAT COULD IT MEAN and how you could write a "Sonic Painting" about itI love t [...]

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