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Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder Reviews

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder

The first definitive biography of music legend Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder’s achievements as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer are extraordinary. During a career that has spanned almost fifty years, he has earned more than thirty Top 10 hits, twenty-six Grammy Awards, and a place in both the Rock and Roll and Songwriter Halls of Fame—and he’s not finished yet. On the verge of turning sixty, he is still composing, still touring, and still attracting dedicated fans around the world.

For the first time, Signed, Sealed, and Delivered takes an in-depth look at Stevie Wonder’s life and his evolution from kid-soul pop star into a mature artist whose music helped lay the groundwork for the evolution of hip hop and rap.

  • Explores the life, achievements, and influence of one of America’s biggest musical icons, set against the history of Motown and the last fifty years of popular music
  • Based on extensive interviews with Motown producers, music executives, songwriters, and musicians, including founding Temptation Otis Williams, Mickey Stevenson, surviving Funk Brother Eddie Willis, synthesizer genius Malcolm Cecil, guitar legend Michael Sembello, and many others
  • Traces Stevie’s personal and musical development through the decades, from the early 1960s R&B of “Fingertips” to the social and political themes of “Living for the City” and other 1970s classics, through periods of musical and personal confusion, uncertainty, and, later, renewal

Read Signed, Sealed, and Delivered to explore the life and work of one of pop music’s most compelling masters of invention.The first definitive biography of music legend Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder’s achievements as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer are extraordinary. During a career that has spanned almost fifty years, he has earned more than thirty Top 10 hits, twenty-six Grammy Awards, and a place in both the Rock and Roll and Songwriter Halls of Fame—and he’s not finished yet. On the verge of turning sixty, he is still composing, still touring, and still attracting dedicated fans around the world.

For the first time, Signed, Sealed, and Delivered takes an in-depth look at Stevie Wonder’s life and his evolution from kid-soul pop star into a mature artist whose music helped lay the groundwork for the evolution of hip hop and rap.

  • Explores the life, achievements, and influence of one of America’s biggest musical icons, set against the history of Motown and the last fifty years of popular music
  • Based on extensive interviews with Motown producers, music executives, songwriters, and musicians, including founding Temptation Otis Williams, Mickey Stevenson, surviving Funk Brother Eddie Willis, synthesizer genius Malcolm Cecil, guitar legend Michael Sembello, and many others
  • Traces Stevie’s personal and musical development through the decades, from the early 1960s R&B of “Fingertips” to the social and political themes of “Living for the City” and other 1970s classics, through periods of musical and personal confusion, uncertainty, and, later, renewal

Read Signed, Sealed, and Delivered to explore the life and work of one of pop music’s most compelling masters of invention.

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3 Responses to Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder Reviews

  • Matthew says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Almost Five Stars, March 31, 2014
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    Matthew
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    This review is from: Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder (Kindle Edition)
    This is a really good book about Stevie Wonder, and really the only biography out there. Like his book on the Supremes, Ribowsky tells the story of Wonder alongside the story of Motown itself. The most surprising parts of the book are the early life of Wonder and his mother. The early pre and immediately post-Fingertips period and how Gordy kept holding Wonder back are very interesting as well.
    The issues I have with the book have been aired by other reviewers. Ribowsky is a little too deferential to Wonder, and he lets him off the hook far more easily than he does Diana Ross in his Supremes biography. While Ribowsky is clearly a fan and admirer (as we all are) he goes to great lengths and very purple prose to describe Wonder’s talents and career. At times the book is a tad boring, especially after Wonder’s big 70s run of hit albums. And yes, by the time you get to Innervisions, the author repeatedly makes reference to Rolling Stone’s best 500 albums list. It does get a little annoying, but only when you get to that part of the book. The author does go out of his way to laud Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life, Talking Book, and Fulfillingness’ First Finale. And like I said, aside from understanding that these a great albums (on Great Album lists no doubt), you don’t really get a sense of why they’re great from the author.
    To this reader, the book gives a good overview of Wonder’s life and career, but I don’t think I learned anything about him as a person. This might be because Wonder is reticent to discuss his childhood in interviews, and Ribowsky doesn’t seem to stray too far into what really push Wonder forward. Still it is a good foray into one of the best musicians of the 20th century, and lays the foundation (I hope) for a better biography of Wonder in the future.
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  • Mike B says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Stevie Wonder, what a great life, what a great book!, August 10, 2015
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    Curtis Jones (Chattanooga, TN United States) –
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    Wow, if you only know Stevie from his 60s and 70s hits, you need this book. What an amazing life he has led. He was on the charts before the Beatles, Dylan and the Stones, and he’s still selling out theaters today. He had accomplished more at age 17 than most of us will in several lifetimes. Now I know who the songs are about, how he wrote them. I have new respect for Stevie, and nothing but praise for the author and his book.
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  • Anonymous says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Information about Stevie, October 6, 2012
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    Mike B
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    I consider myself a Stevie Wonderologist and this book had many great stories about him. I wish this was more information about his 70′s period of music. It kinda painted Stevie as a lonely guy with not many people to trust. Overall if you are a Stevie fan you will not be disappointed.
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