Herbie Hancock signs book deal for memoir

From USA Today:

After decades of making history, Herbie Hancock is ready to tell it.

Jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock will write a memoir that’s expected to be published in 2014.

The award-winning, groundbreaking jazz performer and composer has a deal with Viking for a memoir expected in 2014.

“Quincy Jones is a dear friend of mine and he keeps saying to me, ‘You’ve got to do a book,'” Hancock said Tuesday during a telephone interview from Shanghai, where he is currently on tour.

“I’ve had a life that has taken many interesting paths. I’ve learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me and I want to share what I’ve learned.”

Hancock, who turns 72 this week, has won 14 Grammys and for decades has been mixing jazz with blues, soul, funk and electronic music. He won an Academy Award in 1986 for the score to ‘Round Midnight.

He is known for his pioneering work with Miles Davis, for such standards as Cantaloupe Island and Chameleon and for the hit instrumental Rockit, the video of which helped make him the rare jazz performer to catch on with MTV fans. Hancock is currently a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO.

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