Singer Tori Amos is Back With Politically Themed Memoir, ‘Resistance’
Amos will not only recall the tale of her career, but will address current social causes such as the #MeToo movement and the current generation of young people leading the charge on issues like gun control and climate change.
Grammy-nominated singer Tori Amos is channeling her music and beliefs into a new politically-charged memoir, pointedly titled “Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage”.
The 1990s alternative rock icon (“Silent All These Years”), will draw from her most politically resonant songs from her 28-year career, breaking down how she used art to confront and combat political issues—in the hopes of inspiring readers to channel their own beliefs into change in our politically charged times.
Atria Books, which is publishing the memoir, declares that it will be a political call to action—a guide “for engaging with our current political moment and handling it with intelligence, grace, and integrity.”
“Resistance” will trace Amos’ life as a songwriter from her precocious piano-playing days at hotels and bars during her teen years, to her days as a struggling artist in Los Angeles and onto her meteoric rise of three decades as a successful, influential musician who has sold millions of albums and inspired a generation of artists afterwards.
The famously feminist-minded singer will explore how she created politically resonant work in the midst of patriarchal power structures, for instance. Amos has always infused themes of empowerment and confrontation for difficult subjects such as rape, miscarriage, and sexuality since her debut album, “Little Earthquakes” in 1991.
Amos will not only recall the tale of her career, but will address current social causes and phenomenons such as the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and the current generation of young people leading the charge for rights on issues like gun control and climate change.
The inspiration behind the new book began after Amos wrote her most recent studio album, 2017’s “Native Invader”. The themes of the album centered on her desire to create a beacon of hope in our destructive times. With that, Amos sought to expand that message into her new memoir.
Amos’ first book was a conversational autobiography “Piece By Piece”, which she wrote with Ann Powers in 2005. Since 1991, she has released 15 studio albums.
“Resistance” is now available for pre-order, and hits shelves in May 2020.