Change of Seasons

Change of Seasons

A Memoir

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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A memoir by the co-founder of the rock duo Hall & Oates explores the childhood music that shaped his early music perspectives, the unlikely artistic pursuits that led to the band's first hit, and his personal struggles with fame.

McMillan Palgrave

Includes an exclusive EP as a companion to the book!

John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock ‘n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R&B. Meeting and teaming up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own but never abandoned their roots. John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with the legendary Atlantic Records and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock and roll story. John was focused creating great music. Along the way he achieved incredible success, battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges.

Daryl Hall and John Oates have over 20 albums together, more than 60 million records sold, and 29 Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John’s story has never been told. Relying on his many hand-written journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories spanning his entire life with a journalist’s eye and a poet’s heart.

In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped him into what he is.



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"John Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock and roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R & B. After he met and teamed up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style ofmusic that was uniquely their own, but never abandoned their roots. In his memoir, John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with legendary Atlantic Records, and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in aDJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock-and-roll story. John's journey spans many cultural eras and includes a wildly diverse collection of friendships with legends such as Hunter S. Thompson and George Harrison. Through it all, John has focused on creating great music. He achieved incredible success while battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges. Daryl Hall and John Cates have made twenty-one albums together, sold more than sixty million records, and have had twenty-nine Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John's story has never been told. Relying on his many handwritten journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories, ranging over his entire life, with a journalist's eye and a poet's heart. In [this book], John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities, and music that have shaped him into who he is."--Jacket.
A memoir by the co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Hall & Oates explores the childhood music exposures in his humble Pennsylvania hometown that shaped his early music perspectives, the unlikely artistic pursuits that led to the band's first hit, the changing music landscape that marked their successes and his personal struggles with fame.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250082657
125008265X
Characteristics: x, 388 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm + 1 audio disc (CD ; 4 3/4 in.).
Additional Contributors: Epting, Chris 1961-

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lentils
Nov 20, 2019

The fact that we are both from Philly led me to read this book. I have read numerous memoirs by male rock musicians and the story gets boring by the time it gets down to the inevitable decline in popularity and the "settling down". In the later chapters. Oates avoids that by writing about how he and Hall were cheated by the record companies and the funeral of Hunter Thompson at Woody Creek.

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pattyskypants
Feb 21, 2018

Surprisingly entertaining, but why do all these guys get into auto racing?

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jedlong487
Oct 19, 2017

After seeing John Oates perform on "Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Program" on PBS (KCPT2 on Sundays at 6pm, http://www.woodsongs.com/) I was intrigued to read John's book. Unlike most biographies that bog down with endless, uninteresting details, this is truly a jewel. I was mesmerized from start to finish. Sometimes laughing, sometime crying, always wanting to find out what was next. An absolutely stunning account of John's life and the writing is stellar with Chris Epting. Don't miss his accounts of George Harrison; and Hunter S. Thompson's final trip into the stratosphere! Hunter was John's neighbor in Colorado. The book is worth reading just for these recollections.

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