Q: Did having cancer affect your career, your creativity and writing?
A: "There's a bigger story about the breast cancer than the cancer. It's about relationships."
Q: How did your relationships change?
A: "I wasn't treated well. I think I was let go of certain jobs and affiliations. It was very confusing but everything was smoothed over because people are smart and don't want you to be hurt. People were saying it's got nothing to do with that. It is hard to disregard.
And she's writing a book. It should be a really incredible book. And why not, she's made many incredible albums, written several children's books (my favorite is Amy The Dancing Bear) and written short stories. So I am sure this will be a great book.
And unlike Judy Collins and Carole King, Carly won't forget women. Both of those books were grossly disappointing. And I like Carole. But that book was just awful. It was captured perfectly in "Carole King's Conditioned Role and Desire (Ava and.C.I.)."
I can't believe all the garbage some reviewers have offered.
Ava and C.I. broke that book down.
1) They noted Carole refused to credit other songwriters. Whether it was Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann or Carole Bayer Sager or whomever, Carole forgot to tell you a hit they wrote.
2) If you're going to write about your being physically abused, great. But if, years before, you glamorized violence against women by co-writing the song "He Hit Me And It Felt Like A Kiss," you need to get honest and discuss that as well. Carole ignores that song. And she can claim, "Gerry wrote the lyrics!" So what. She co-wrote a song, put her name to a song, that glamorized (and hoped to popularize) violence against women. She needs to include that in her discussion.
3) If you want to write a book, try offering more than a single sentence on your albums. I had hoped I would hear something of Time Gone By, learn something. Forget it. She wasn't interested and probably didn't remember when it came to discussing the albums. All of them.
4) She doesn't mention Carly in the book because she's such a ditz for James Taylor. I'm so sick of James Taylor and his b.s.
5) She can't shut up about the males in music but can't offer a damn thing on the women.
6) She's lost in her own book.
And I could go on. And on.
I wanted to love this book.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"