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Quincy Jones

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones

Doubleday

2002 Nonfiction

Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones cannot be pigeonholed. In his 50-year music career, Jones has worn the hats of composer, record producer, artist, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist and record company executive. His musical career has also led him to successful endeavors as a film and TV producer, magazine founder, multi-media entrepreneur and author.

Jones is behind some of the biggest musical success stories. He produced and conducted the song "We Are The World", the best selling single of all time and Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album of all time. Jones has worked with a diverse group of musicians, including Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Phil Collins and Gloria Estefan.

Jones producing talents have led to numerous achievements in movies and television. He was co-producer to Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple, which received 11 Oscar nominations. He helped launch and also served as executive producer to NBC's hit sitcom The Fresh Price of Bel-Air. In 1996, he executive produced the 68th Annual Academy Awards.

In 1961, Jones became vice-president of Mercury Records, making him the first high-level black executive in an established record company. Since then, he has founded his own companies, including Qwest Recording, Qwest Broadcasting, Quincy Jones Entertainment and Quincy Jones Media Group. He is the founder and publisher of VIBE Magazine, as well as the publisher of SPIN and Blaze Magazines. In a venture with Harvard University and Microsoft, Jones produced Encarta Africana, a complete encyclopedia of African and African-American culture.

Jones's awards and honors cross entertainment mediums and even cultures. He has received awards from France, Italy and Sweden. He has been honored with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the N.A.R.A.S.'Trustees' Award. He's won an Emmy, received seven Oscar and 79 Grammy nominations, making him the most nominated Grammy artist of all time. He has won 27 Grammy Awards and The Grammy Living Legend Award. His 27th Grammy was for his audio recording of "Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones."

Jones was born in 1933 in Chicago, and went on to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He studied with Parisian tutor Nadia Boulanger. Jones holds honorary doctorates from 13 colleges and universities and the American Film Institute. In 2001 he was named a Kennedy Center Honoree for his contributions to the cultural fabric of the United States.

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Quincy Jones Finally Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Quincy Jones turned 80 years old this year—a number he never thought he'd live to see.  "I guess if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans...right?" he wrote to his Facebook fans on the eve of his big day March 14. Turning 80 was but one highlight of his year as Jones arrived in Los Angeles Thursday night to be inducted into the 28th class of Rock and Rock Hall of Fame inductees.  Source: Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame After more than 60 years in the business, Jones' reach is unparalleled. His production credits stretch from Sarah... Read More →

VIDEO: The Many Lives of Quincy Jones

It's been almost 10 years since Quincy Jones won an Anisfield-Wolf Award for his book, Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, but his legacy is always worth revisiting. The BBC produced a two-part series on his 50+ years in the music industry, "The Many Lives of Q," giving viewers a chance to understand the profound influence he has had on music of every genre, from jazz to hip-hop to pop music. Check out part one of the video above, and the rest of the videos here. Read More →
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