Quincy Jones Inks Two-Book Deal with Insight Edition

Insight Editions is pleased to announce a two-book publishing agreement with the legendary Quincy Jones. The first book, The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey & Passions: Photos, Letters, Memories & More from Q's Personal Collection will be published October 28, 2008. Quincy Jones: 60 Years of American Music is scheduled for a September 2009 release. Random House distributes Insight Editions, an imprint of Palace Publishing Group, to the trade.

In honor of Quincy Jones' seventy-fifth birthday, he is opening his private archives for the first time ever, offering an intimate look into his imagination, enterprise, and humanity in The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey & Passions. "The length, breadth, and diversity of Quincy Jones' career may only be known for the first time through this comprehensive and visually stimulating volume, " explains Raoul Goff, Publisher and CEO of Insight Editions. "His creative genius crosses not only all genres of music, but also TV, film, broadcasting, magazine publishing, philanthropy, activism, and style! We are honored to bring light to the diverse talents and achievements of someone in our day and time who is truly a living legend."

The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey & Passions examines the virtuosity of the man Frank Sinatra named "Q, " celebrating his prolific contribution to American art and culture. The book includes a foreword by Clint Eastwood, preface from Bono, an introduction by Maya Angelou and an afterword by Sidney Poitier. Comprised of personal interviews and recollections from Quincy, this collection peers behind the veil of celebrity, with extraordinary access to his creative inspirations and achievements. Through private notebooks, correspondence, and photographs, Quincy offers unprecedented introspection into the depths of his creativity and the histories of his ventures. From the volumes of his memorabilia, Quincy emerges as a contemplative and dynamic maestro, thriving on intuition and ceaselessly pursuing the soul of his art and philanthropic passions. Recently proclaimed one of the coolest men by Ebony Magazine, Quincy Jones was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century.

All awards, behind-the-scenes photography, celebrity snapshots, ledgers, letters, set lists, and other memorabilia included in the book are from Quincy's previously unseen, private collection and personally selected by Quincy. The Complete Quincy Jones is the only official Quincy "memory" book available.

Quincy Delight Jones, Jr. is the most prolific living music producer and the creative force behind many of the iconic moments in contemporary American popular culture. As one of the most awarded entertainers and philanthropists of all time, Quincy has the distinction of being the most nominated Grammy artist ever, having received twenty-seven Grammy awards and a record seventy-nine nominations. Additionally he has earned seven Oscar nominations, as well as an Emmy for his work on Roots. His debut as a filmmaker occurred in 1985 when he co-produced Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple, which earned 11 Academy Award nominations. Quincy also co-produced the Tony award-nominated Broadway play The Color Purple. His philanthropic accomplishments include the era-defining benefit concerts We Are The World, Net Aid, and We Are The Future. Harvard University named him Mentor of the Year in 2007. He is the only American musician to receive France's Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur. In 2001, Quincy was named a Kennedy Center Honoree, for his contributions to the cultural fabric of the United States of America; and most recently was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master, the nation's highest jazz honor.

Composer, producer, performer, philanthropist, and infinitely gifted musician - a true renaissance man - Quincy has orchestrated the sounds of Frank Sinatra; co-produced with and set the ambiance for Steven Spielberg, cultivated the talent of Michael Jackson, and introduced the world to Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith - to name a few. He founded Qwest Records, Qwest Broadcasting, and Vibe Magazine. Quincy is the composer of more than thirty-eight film scores and is a multi- platinum-selling musician.

A paragon of humanitarian thought and action, Quincy played an active role in Rev. Jesse Jackson's Operation P.U.S.H., helped found the Institute for Black American Music and the Black Arts Festival, and created The Quincy Jones Foundation in partnership with Harvard School of Public Health after Foundation, which spearheads several humanitarian initiatives to benefit Africa and children in global conflict zones.

The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey & Passions chronicles his ongoing achievements, including his recent role as an artistic advisor to the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, his Las Vegas restaurant and club, Q's Jook Joint, set to open in 2009, and his current work producing albums for Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder, Clark Terry and Snoop Dogg, and Joe Pesci, with co-producer Phil Ramone, among other recording projects.

Highlights of the hardcover book include:

- More than 400 color and black-and-white photographs throughout,
- Gatefold timeline of Quincy's musical career,
- Removable facsimiles of notes from recording sessions with Michael
Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and others,
- Set lists from Quincy's various groups and musical projects,
- Previously untold stories about the creative process behind the seminal
productions The Color Purple, Thriller, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, We
Are The World, and The Wiz.

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