Never Broken

Never Broken

Songs Are Only Half the Story

Book - 2015
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When Jewel's first album, Pieces of You , topped the charts in 1995, her emotional voice and vulnerable performance were groundbreaking. Drawing comparisons to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, a singer-songwriter of her kind had not emerged in decades. Now, with more than thirty million albums sold worldwide, Jewel tells the story of her life, and the lessons learned from her experience and her music. Living on a homestead in Alaska, Jewel learned to yodel at age five, and joined her parents' entertainment act, working in hotels, honky-tonks, and biker bars. Behind a strong-willed family life with an emphasis on music and artistic talent, however, there was also instability, abuse, and trauma. At age fifteen, she moved out and tasked herself with a mission- to see if she could avoid being the kind of statistic that her past indicated for her future. Soon after, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, and there she began writing her own songs as a means of expressing herself and documenting her journey to find happiness. Jewel was eighteen and homeless in San Diego when a radio DJ aired a bootleg version of one of her songs and it was requested into the top-ten countdown, something unheard-of for an unsigned artist. By the time she was twenty-one, her debut had gone multiplatinum. There is much more to Jewel's story, though, one complicated by family legacies, by crippling fear and insecurity, and by the extraordinary circumstances in which she managed to flourish and find happiness despite these obstacles. Along her road of self-discovery, learning to redirect her fate, Jewel has become an iconic singer and songwriter. In Never Broken she reflects on how she survived, and how writing songs, poetry, and prose has saved her life many times over. She writes lyrically about the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and loss, about the healing power of motherhood, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs. 'From the very beginning of her recording career, Jewel's lyrics reflected the America she lived in with her conversational poetic touch. My friend Ben Keith brought her to my ranch to record, collecting our favorite musicians together for her early songs. The result, the enduring Pieces of You , was a great record. Jewel's lyrics resonated with the times. In this, her first memoir, she has a lot to reflect on, and the touch to tell her story well.' Neil Young 'Jewel is a truth-teller. Never Broken occupies that sacred space of soulful storytelling, hard-earned wisdom, and beautiful writing. I couldn't put it down and I can't stop thinking about it. This is a book that lingers in your heart.' Bren#65533; Brown, Ph.D., author of Rising Strong 'Jewel's life in Never Broken reminded me so much of my own. But if we hadn't of come from hardship and nothing, we wouldn't have made something out of ourselves. Her life is in her songs and in her voice, and after knowing her, I know it's her soul. She is honest and tender, yet has a backbone and a fire that only comes from her roots. In her stories about her childhood I can't help but see so much of my own. The good, the bad, the love, the heartbreak. It's all there and it's all Jewel.' Loretta Lynn
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780399174339
Characteristics: xx, 386 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some colour), portrait (some colour) ;,24 cm

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Aug 17, 2017

I could not put this book down. Jewel opens her heart entirely in this autobiography. Her story from childhood growing up on an Alaskan homestead, her many struggles through poverty and homelessness, and her beautiful music that saved her soul and how she moved into fame. Sometimes heartbreaking, but oh so inspirational. This is a book I would read more than once.

d2013 May 15, 2016

Very interesting memoir and extremely gifted artist. Good read!

JMFlaherty Oct 01, 2015

I've read a lot of autobios and memoirs but none, even remotely, like this one. Jewel is a unique person with a unique talent and has had a unique life. (My goodness -- who knew Sean Penn would show up in this book?!) It's hard to fathom she accomplished all that she did. Just the traveling alone stuns me. Read it and see for yourself.

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