Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro

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Laura Nyro was a beloved and pioneering singer-songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s, whose songs were covered with great success by the Fifth Dimension; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Three Dog Night; and Barbra Streisand. This first biography uncovers previously never revealed details, including a love affair with Jackson Browne, and her relationship with painter Maria Desiderio.

Unappreciated in her time, Nyro's legacy is currently experiencing a revival. With her groundbreakingly honest and passionate lyrics, her unusual and innovative rhythms and melody, Nyro's influence is still felt by singers and songwriters today.

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If you appreciate the music of the late 60s/early 70s, if you remember the songs the late great Laura Nyro wrote and others performed ("Stoned Soul Picnic," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Eli's Comin'," "Stoney End," "And When I Die," "Sweet Blindness," "Save the Country," "Time and Love" ...), and, most of all, if you love the way Nyro sang those songs, I think you'll enjoy this first-ever biography of the singer-songwriter. I spoke to over 100 people who knew and worked with Nyro over her 30-year music career, including her former manager David Geffen, Patti LaBelle (her backup singer, along with the group Labelle, on the "Gonna Take A Miracle" album), all her producers (such as the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere), and her family and close friends. Plus, I gathered some great photos of her, from childhood on, including images with her family, her loves, and her musical colleagues. SOUL PICNIC is both a labor of love and a serious consideration of Nyro's music, career, and life, illuminating her roots as an artist while honoring her personal mystique.

About the Author:

Michele Kort, Los Angeles-based writer and editor, has been a journalist for over twenty years. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Songwriter, Ms., Los Angeles Magazine, L.A. Reader, Redbook, InStyle, The Advocate, and L.A. Weekly, she has won numerous awards. She also coauthored the memoir The End of Innocence with Chastity Bono.

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