A Close Look at 'Q'

Impresario Quincy Jones is synonymous with pop music. As an artist, producer and collaborator, the man known simply as 'Q' has served more than 50 years as a creative force in music.

He's worked with legends like Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. Jones crafted and cultivated the talent of a Gary, Ind., singer named Michael Jackson. In his new book, Jones takes a look at his life with help from a few famous friends, whose personal interviews, recollections and photographs paint an intimate picture of the living legend.

Read an excerpt of "The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey & Passions: Photos, Letters, Memories & More from Q's Personal Collection" below and click here to check out more book excerpts in our library.

A picture of Quincy Jones on GMA.
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Excerpt

An American impresario, Quincy Jones's legend is best told not simply be telling the story but by showing the story with the rich visuals that illustrate the life of a great man. Like his music, The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey & Passions is a beautiful arrangement filled with private reflections and snapshots of his early years and family album and how he followed his muse and, as he put it, "walked in the shoes of giants," such as Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Bumps Blackwell, Clark Terry, and his dear friend Ray Charles.

Deeply personal, this rare collection of photographs and memorabilia beautifully depicts a life lived large and one that has touch many others through his music and how he inspires as a role model.

Quincy Jones is the most successful Renaissance man in the history of American popular music. That's quite a boast, and not one that the modest man is likely to claim for himself should you get him in a corner. But look at the facts. Can he produce? Only the biggest selling album of all time, Michael Jackson's Thriller, not to mention the chart-busting single that got forty-six mega-stars in the same room at the same time, "We Are the World." Can he do anything else? Only compose, arrange, and play almost any instrument you can think of. Can he hang onstage and in the studio with the best of them? Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Donna Summer—those are just a few of the legends he's worked intimately with over the last several decades.

You'd think that's enough to not only keep a man busy, but keep him from even finding enough time to sleep. But Quincy's never one to let the grass grow under his feet, at the age of twenty-five or seventy-five, eventually becoming a universally respected figure, whose reach extends to all walks of life. He's also somehow managed to find time to make hit solo records under his own name, and score dozens of hit movies and television shows. And he's not content to do nothing but music, either, also producing hit movies, TV shows, and world-uniting concerts; creating the foremost hip-hop magazine, Vibe; and entrepreneurial achievements such as owning and operating TV and radio stations, in addition to several major international humanitarian programs.

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