I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Carole King – I didn’t know all that much about her, apart from knowing she’d written some iconic songs and had one of the best-selling albums of all time with Tapestry. I probably wouldn’t have picked this book up if I hadn’t been sent it by the publisher.
I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t really gripped by it. King is very laid back about her awesome (and I mean that in the original sense of the word) career and glosses over some of the most fascinating periods in music history. I mean, she worked in the Brill Building in the 60s writing songs like Will You Love Me Tomorrow and then moved to LA in the 70s and became part of the Laurel Canyon scene, but I don’t feel like this book gave me much of an impression of what either was like.
She was admirably honest about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her second husband, but then spent way too long describing a court case she’d been involved in with her third husband (over the property rights to her home – was this a huge story in America? I can’t imagine why she included it in such detail otherwise).
I was left with a definite feeling of admiration (and a new Spotify playlist), but I still feel like I need to sit down with her and say, “But what was it all REALLY like?”