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Still Alright: A Memoir

Still Alright: A Memoir

Still Alright: A Memoir

Still Alright: A Memoir

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Overview

You know Kenny Loggins for his megahit soundtrack themes and chart-topping collaborations. Now you can know him through the intimate stories behind his five-decade career as a legendary songwriter and pop icon. 
 
In a remarkable career, Kenny Loggins has rocked stages worldwide, released ten platinum albums, and landed hits all over the Billboard charts. His place in music history is marked by a unique gift for collaboration combined with the vision to evolve, adapt, and persevere in an industry that loves to eat its own. Loggins served as a pivotal figure in the folk-rock movement of the early ’70s when he paired with former Buffalo Springfield member Jim Messina, recruited Stevie Nicks for the classic duet “Whenever I Call You ‘Friend,’” then pivoted to smooth rock in teaming up with Michael McDonald on their back-to-back Grammy-winning hits “What a Fool Believes” and “This Is It” (a seminal moment in the history of what would come to be known as yacht rock). In the ’80s, Loggins became the king of soundtracks with hit recordings for CaddyshackFootloose, and Top Gun; and a bona fide global superstar singing alongside Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson on “We Are the World.”
 
In Still Alright, Kenny Loggins gives fans a candid and entertaining perspective on his life and career as one of the most noteworthy musicians of the 1970s and ’80s. He provides an abundance of compelling, insightful, and terrifically amusing behind-the-scenes tales. Loggins draws readers back to the musical eras they’ve loved, as well as addressing the challenges and obstacles of his life and work—including two marriages that ended in divorce, a difficult but motivating relationship with the older brother for which “Danny’s Song” is named, struggles with his addiction to benzodiazepines, and the revelations of turning seventy and looking back at everything that has shaped his music—and coming to terms with his rock-star persona and his true self.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306925368
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 28,812
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kenny Loggins emerged with Loggins & Messina, one of the bestselling musical duos of the 1970s, with their six releases between 1971 and 1976 (plus three live albums and four compilations), counting for 16 million units sold. Loggins has released 14 solo records since then with more than 25 million albums sold, charted five top-10 singles, and won two Grammy Awards for “What A Fool Believes” and “This Is it,” and received one Academy Award nomination for “Footloose.” Loggins’ song “Conviction of the Heart” was hailed as the “unofficial anthem of the environmental movement” by Vice President Al Gore, and his environmental television special for the Disney Channel, This Island Earth, won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Writing and for the title track.

Loggins has also cut two live albums, two greatest-hits compilations, and three children’s records including Return to Pooh Corner, which remains the bestselling children’s album of the last two decades. He recently donated use of his single “The Great Adventure” to the San Diego Zoo for their Kids TV network which airs in children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world, supporting his belief that “every child'should experience the healing power of music.” Known as “The Soundtrack King,” Loggins has had his music featured in several iconic films including FootlooseCaddyshack, and Top Gun. Loggins has millions of followers and listeners across social and streaming platforms and continues to sell out live shows both domestically and internationally.

Jason Turbow is the author of the bestselling The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls, as well as Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic, about the Swingin’ A’s of the 1970s, and They Bled Blue, about the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among many publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 California Here We Come 7

Chapter 2 Out and About in LA 29

Chapter 3 Messina and Me 59

Chapter 4 Kenny's Song 75

Chapter 5 I Am the River and You Are the Shore 89

Chapter 6 This Is the End 115

Chapter 7 Going Solo 135

Chapter 8 This Is It 149

Chapter 9 At the Movies 165

Chapter 10 Let's Start Giving 187

Chapter 11 Trust Love 199

Chapter 12 Leap of Faith 215

Chapter 13 "Pooh," Part II 229

Chapter 14 Apart/Together 245

Afterword 289

Acknowledgments 293

Credits 297

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