Someone tell Tori Amos her piano is on fire—at least on the cover of her new book.
The fiery fairy goddess has announced Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage, set to be released next May.
Her latest written work, according to a press release, “begins with her early years as a teenager playing piano for the politically powerful in hotel bars during the formative years of the post-Goldwater and then Koch-led Libertarian and Reaganite movements and works its way through her years as a hungry artist living in LA and into the next three decades of one of music’s most influential and courageous voices.”
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'Resistance' is the new book by Tori that begins with her early years as a teenager playing piano for the politically powerful in hotel bars during the formative years of the post-Goldwater and then Koch-led Libertarian and Reaganite movements and works its way through her years as a hungry artist living in LA and into the next three decades of one of music’s most influential and courageous voices. . Filled with compassionate guidance and actionable advice, Tori explains to us how she managed to create meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structures – and how her proud declarations of feminism and her mission to fight for the marginalized always proved to be her guiding light. . This book is for readers determined to steer the world back in the right direction. . Click the bio link above to learn more and reserve your copy . . #toriamos #resistance #hope #change #courage
Publisher Atria Books describes Resistance as a guide “for engaging with our current political moment and handling it with intelligence, grace, and integrity.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Amos was inspired to write Resistance after working on her most recent album, 2017’s Native Invader: “Themes of that album focused on her desire to ’out-create the destructiveness that is all around us,’ and she sought to use that message as the foundation of this memoir.”
The “Silent All These Years” singer has been on the bookshelf before. In 2005 she released Piece by Piece, an autobiographical book co-authored with rock music journalist Ann Powers.
In 2017 Amos was interviewed in Brooklyn by Jillian Mapes as part of Pitchfork’s “In Sight Out” series. During the audience Q&A she was asked about her songs, including “Merman” and “Take to the Sky,” that speak to her queer fans:
“It was the gay community that gave me confidence in how to conduct myself. They would say: ’What are you doing? Girl, why are you sitting like that? You’ve got to hold court, you need to sit like this, shoulders up,'” Amos replied, acting out how she sat slouched during her break between sets. “’Where’s your confidence? Don’t you see who you are?’”
We’re sure her queer fans will follow her straight to the bookstore. Resistance is set to be released on May 5, 2020—just in time for next year’s election.