[Item #6173] Trust Your Heart: An Autobiography. Judy Collins.
Trust Your Heart: An Autobiography
Trust Your Heart: An Autobiography
Trust Your Heart: An Autobiography
Trust Your Heart: An Autobiography
Trust Your Heart: An Autobiography

Trust Your Heart: An Autobiography

ISBN: 0395412854
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1987. First Edition. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the chanteuse and songstress, Judy Collins: one of several icons of American Folk Music in the late-1960s. "Writing in the form of a journal, Ms. Collins speaks of the joys and the pains of her childhood--of her family's move to Los Angeles, where at age five she began to study classical piano, and of the blind, demanding father she adored. At age thirteen she performed a Mozart piano concerto with a Denver symphony orchestra, but, still in her teens, she abandoned her future as a classical pianist for a new discovery--folk music and the guitar. Married at age nineteen, she had just given birth to a son when her professional career began. The years that followeed brought great successs with hard times--she struggled for custody of her four-year-old son when her marriage ended. But music and discipline sustained her. In 'Trust Your Heart,' we enter Ms. Collins's world and share her friendships and loves through the years, including a long affair with Stacy Keach and one with Stephen Stills that is said to have inspired his famous tribute, 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.' We enter the world of the performer, with its exhilarating rewards and frenzied pace. Ms. Collins takes us through the peace movement and protests of the 1960s, through her move toward feminism and her ongoing commitment to social change. [...] With fierce honesty and tender courage, Judy Collins beautifully opens her heart to us and tells her story" (Abridged Qtn. from Flap Copy). Offered here is the quizically overlooked autobiography (in journal form) of Judy Collins, the multi-talented pianist, guitarist, chanteuse and songstress inextricably affiliated with the American Folk Music scene of the 1960s. A casual reader (or casual consumer of the music of/from that epoch) could be forgiven for mistaking Collins as ornamental or peripheral. Her "circle" seemed a coterie of particularly enunciated talents: Leonard Cohen, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and several formative utopic contributors to the musical revolution everywhere around her taking place. This is also precisely the reason, however, why a book like this is so important: it's not that Collins needs to reassert her contributions to or influence on the scene as organizationally or historically constituted. This isn't a historical challenge, but an endowment to the corpus of ground-level musico-cultural histories peopling the literature and peppering it with zeal; with that special zest for existence known to obsessives, and the vocationally-aligned. Hardcover in clipped dust-jacket: First Edition, though not explicated as such on copyright page; First Printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. This copy is additionally signed by the legendary Folk songstress on title page in a bold, expressive, and affectionate manner. Collins' signature (& accompanying inscription), in thin, black pen ink reads: "Dec / 1987 / to Kathleen / May you and Curt (?) / be happy in your houses / love to you / Judy Collins / (heart) / Trust your / Hearts!" Book in near fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers & spine-edge; some age-toning (foxing, spotting, & some yellowing) to boards at interior & exterior of same, otherwise clean. Dust-jacket in very fine condition with only mild-to-moderate shelf-wear, light bumping & a few correspondent manifestations of age-toning (such as those desribed above; foxing, spotting, etc.), else clean. Near Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6173]

Price: $25.00