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Over the past year, Adele has taken the country by storm, sweeping the 2012 Grammy Awards and taking home six titles, including one for Album of the Year. The British singer-songwriter has been smashing records ever since her 2008 appearance on Saturday Night Live and her 2009 Grammy for Best New Artist. The success of her second album, 21, made her the first living artist Over the past year, Adele has taken the country by storm, sweeping the 2012 Grammy Awards and taking home six titles, including one for Album of the Year. The British singer-songwriter has been smashing records ever since her 2008 appearance on Saturday Night Live and her 2009 Grammy for Best New Artist. The success of her second album, 21, made her the first living artist since the Beatles to have two top-five hits in both the UK singles and albums charts. The album hit the #1 spot in 18 different countries. In the U.S., 21 is the longest running number one album by a female in Billboard history, surpassing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard. To put it simply, her worldwide success is unmatched. This one-of-a-kind book will provide answers to fans' burning questions, including: —What was Adele's childhood like as the daughter of a single, teenage mother? —Growing up, who were her biggest inspirations and influences in the music industry? —As someone whose career depends on her voice, what was it like being diagnosed with a vocal cord hemorrhage? —How did canceling her Adele Live tour affect her career? —How did she make the decision to perform at the Grammys, while still recovering from vocal surgery? —And much more! A must-read for every Adele fan.


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Over the past year, Adele has taken the country by storm, sweeping the 2012 Grammy Awards and taking home six titles, including one for Album of the Year. The British singer-songwriter has been smashing records ever since her 2008 appearance on Saturday Night Live and her 2009 Grammy for Best New Artist. The success of her second album, 21, made her the first living artist Over the past year, Adele has taken the country by storm, sweeping the 2012 Grammy Awards and taking home six titles, including one for Album of the Year. The British singer-songwriter has been smashing records ever since her 2008 appearance on Saturday Night Live and her 2009 Grammy for Best New Artist. The success of her second album, 21, made her the first living artist since the Beatles to have two top-five hits in both the UK singles and albums charts. The album hit the #1 spot in 18 different countries. In the U.S., 21 is the longest running number one album by a female in Billboard history, surpassing Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard. To put it simply, her worldwide success is unmatched. This one-of-a-kind book will provide answers to fans' burning questions, including: —What was Adele's childhood like as the daughter of a single, teenage mother? —Growing up, who were her biggest inspirations and influences in the music industry? —As someone whose career depends on her voice, what was it like being diagnosed with a vocal cord hemorrhage? —How did canceling her Adele Live tour affect her career? —How did she make the decision to perform at the Grammys, while still recovering from vocal surgery? —And much more! A must-read for every Adele fan.

30 review for Adele: The Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jason Bodden

    Just finished Adele's biography titled - wait for it - 'Adele: The Biography' by Marc Shapiro. I really enjoyed this book as it gave you a real, candid look at Adele's poor roots, personal demons and meteoric rise to fame. The way Shapiro t ells it transports you directly into Adele's world and allows us a revealing insight into how her mind works. This chronicles her journey from before she was even interested in music to being the #1 selling artist of 2012. Reading about her songwriting processe Just finished Adele's biography titled - wait for it - 'Adele: The Biography' by Marc Shapiro. I really enjoyed this book as it gave you a real, candid look at Adele's poor roots, personal demons and meteoric rise to fame. The way Shapiro t ells it transports you directly into Adele's world and allows us a revealing insight into how her mind works. This chronicles her journey from before she was even interested in music to being the #1 selling artist of 2012. Reading about her songwriting processes, the way she worked for '19' and the changes made to those processes for '21', along with how she incorporated her influences in her music was pretty inspiring reading. Of course, the crux of the book settles on the failed relationships that spawned the aforementioned albums, and maybe if it were most other stars it would be the sort of thing that would make for mundane reading but Adele's shoot-from-the-hip honesty and how she used her heartbreak to cement her place in music history, shattering records along the way, is nothing short of an amazing journey done justice by Shapiro's matter-of-fact writing style. This was an easy read and I highly recommend it to any Adele fan or any musician or singer just wanting an inspirational music tale to reinforce why you love doing what you do. Great book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lexi Cogis

    Adele Laurie Blue Atkins was born on May 5, 1988. When Adele was only three years old her dad, Mark left the house and never came back. From that point on Adele had a passion for music. However she never thought she would become a singer. In September 2006, she was signed by XL and her manager was confirmed as Jonathan Dickens. From there on her career took off. Through heartbreak and surgery Adele became the singer we all know and love today. The whole biography shows that everything happens fo Adele Laurie Blue Atkins was born on May 5, 1988. When Adele was only three years old her dad, Mark left the house and never came back. From that point on Adele had a passion for music. However she never thought she would become a singer. In September 2006, she was signed by XL and her manager was confirmed as Jonathan Dickens. From there on her career took off. Through heartbreak and surgery Adele became the singer we all know and love today. The whole biography shows that everything happens for a reason and dreams do come true. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who likes the successful singer and wants to learn more about her.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kiyora Daniels

    This book is about Adele, who like the other popstars started as a normal teenager but had extraordinary talent. But she had some downfalls such as alcohol, smoking, and her vocal chords. I liked this book because it shows how not all superstars are perfect. The author wanted us to learn about Adele and then use some of her downfalls and put them in your life as advice not to do. I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Date Finished: 9/19/17

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Najjar

    A good book if you want an overview of Adele’s early life and career...but I wouldn’t trust all of the details. Quotes are taken from different interviews and articles, so accuracy and intention should be in question as you read. And you have to take all of the speculations of Adele’s emotions and feelings about events in her life with the consideration since they are not necessarily her thoughts and feelings. Overall it was well written.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This was okay, though I have to say the writing was special at times. I like Adele, I like what stands for a plus-sized woman with an amazing set of pipes, but this book essentially told me what I already knew from tabloids and media. In fact, the author spent way more time referencing OTHER interviews and it just seemed so awkwardly done. Furthermore, was this book proofed? Some of the typos and grammatical errors I found were really distracting. I guess a part of me is confused how there is al This was okay, though I have to say the writing was special at times. I like Adele, I like what stands for a plus-sized woman with an amazing set of pipes, but this book essentially told me what I already knew from tabloids and media. In fact, the author spent way more time referencing OTHER interviews and it just seemed so awkwardly done. Furthermore, was this book proofed? Some of the typos and grammatical errors I found were really distracting. I guess a part of me is confused how there is already a biography out for someone who is only 24 years old. That's still a baby in some ways! But even so, it's just frustrating to compile all this information that has already been in other sources without a lot of original work being done, especially in the research category, because I question if the author interviewed her or not just based on his constant citations from other sources. Also the last chapter was also recent tabloid stuff and just felt tacked on. My mum loved this and I can in some ways see why, but may be I'm a harsher critic because the way the research was done in this book made for an easy, but dull "I already know this" nonsense.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Danni Khan

    Adele!! I absolutely love Adele, i think she is amazing artist and she is beautiful, and talented.. Ive learned alot about her as an artist, even though i am not far into the book, ive learned alot so far and im anxious to get through the rest of the book and see what else she has in store for herself and her career.. im currently listening to one of her tracks as im writing this review, i find her music is about love, heart ache... at times ive dealt with both scenerios and i find her music hel Adele!! I absolutely love Adele, i think she is amazing artist and she is beautiful, and talented.. Ive learned alot about her as an artist, even though i am not far into the book, ive learned alot so far and im anxious to get through the rest of the book and see what else she has in store for herself and her career.. im currently listening to one of her tracks as im writing this review, i find her music is about love, heart ache... at times ive dealt with both scenerios and i find her music helps me get through any rough patch im having to deal with.. one of my favourite songs is "make you feel my love" it truly shows what someone would do for someone else, and what someone would do for love!! i really like this book so far and hope people read it and enjoy it xo

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Holloman

    I wish I would have read this book when it was released. I ruined the ending for myself, where there was none, because I am familiar with Adele's latest self-titled album and her baby. Yet, I did learn more about Adele than I did before including her relationship with one of my favorite singers Amos Lee. The most fascinating fact I learned is that they stations would not play "Chasing Pavements" because they thought the song was about gay guys. Boy, I know they felt like they loss out and I bet I wish I would have read this book when it was released. I ruined the ending for myself, where there was none, because I am familiar with Adele's latest self-titled album and her baby. Yet, I did learn more about Adele than I did before including her relationship with one of my favorite singers Amos Lee. The most fascinating fact I learned is that they stations would not play "Chasing Pavements" because they thought the song was about gay guys. Boy, I know they felt like they loss out and I bet they spin all of her songs into heavy rotation now. Overall, Adele's story is very interesting and she gets better with time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Avi

    I love Adele and will read/watch/listen to anything she is involved in, so when I heard there was a biography coming out about her(which I was kind of surprised considering she hasn't been around that long and isn't even that old to really need a biography) This ended up being a disappointment. It was full of stuff I already know. It basically felt like a series of magazine articles full of things about her added into one book. The author did a lousy job of research. I love Adele and will read/watch/listen to anything she is involved in, so when I heard there was a biography coming out about her(which I was kind of surprised considering she hasn't been around that long and isn't even that old to really need a biography) This ended up being a disappointment. It was full of stuff I already know. It basically felt like a series of magazine articles full of things about her added into one book. The author did a lousy job of research.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I was a little disappointed in this book. I had hoped to learn more about Adele, but the author based the entire book on quotes by Adele and her associates gleaned from magazines. He did not interview Adele herself or any of her friends and colleagues. Anyone interested in learning about her could have read the articles he used to compile the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Richardson

    I received this book for free from a giveaway at Heros & Heartbreakers. I am not much on biographies to start with but this one was OK. I have know of Adele but have never heard any of her music. (Yes it's true, I live under a rock!) The book tells her rags to riches story which is pretty cool. If you like her you should probably check this out. I received this book for free from a giveaway at Heros & Heartbreakers. I am not much on biographies to start with but this one was OK. I have know of Adele but have never heard any of her music. (Yes it's true, I live under a rock!) The book tells her rags to riches story which is pretty cool. If you like her you should probably check this out.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kumari Nihal Kaur

    Had to say it's quite informative. There are a lot of things I didn't know about her that were explained in this biography. However, throughout the chapters, it just got boring. I wish Marc would have done his own research instead of just collecting information from various sources. The story would have been more in depth if he had. Had to say it's quite informative. There are a lot of things I didn't know about her that were explained in this biography. However, throughout the chapters, it just got boring. I wish Marc would have done his own research instead of just collecting information from various sources. The story would have been more in depth if he had.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    I think it is amazing that this young woman has accomplished so much in her young years. Marc Shapiro does an admirable job of telling me about Adele's life (so far)with just the right amount of detail. I don't read many bios but this one held my attention and gave me the impression Adele is someone I would like to know as a person. Well done! I think it is amazing that this young woman has accomplished so much in her young years. Marc Shapiro does an admirable job of telling me about Adele's life (so far)with just the right amount of detail. I don't read many bios but this one held my attention and gave me the impression Adele is someone I would like to know as a person. Well done!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hana Kraf

    I think that this book is wonderful! It gives a lot of facts about Adele that you couldn't really find out on random websites! It shows her old photos and Gives out facts about her life and how her journey to music started. I also think that, it does teach you a lot about her emotions and what her problems were like her Father leaving her mother at a very young age. I think that this book is wonderful! It gives a lot of facts about Adele that you couldn't really find out on random websites! It shows her old photos and Gives out facts about her life and how her journey to music started. I also think that, it does teach you a lot about her emotions and what her problems were like her Father leaving her mother at a very young age.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Good read for a super-fan (like me). Focuses more on the production of her albums, songwriting and inspirations rather than her early life. Sometimes felt as if it was just loads of information without substance and depth, but it had its moments.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hoda Marmar

    This was an enjoyable read, with some really good moments. But it isn't a deep look into Adele's life. I enjoyed it nonetheless, and it was fun to read a light easy read in the midst of hectic academic season. This was an enjoyable read, with some really good moments. But it isn't a deep look into Adele's life. I enjoyed it nonetheless, and it was fun to read a light easy read in the midst of hectic academic season.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Love Adele, but was a very easy read and discussed much about the recordings and as one of the early comments mentioned not much about her life. In saying that, I'm happy to say the book doesn't shine her in a bad light, I would be very disappointed if it did. Love Adele, but was a very easy read and discussed much about the recordings and as one of the early comments mentioned not much about her life. In saying that, I'm happy to say the book doesn't shine her in a bad light, I would be very disappointed if it did.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I enjoyed reading this book and learning about Adele's life and music career. Raised by a single, teenage mother, this biography takes you beyond Adele's beautiful voice and introduces you to various themes throughout her life, including love, loss and her desire for children. I enjoyed reading this book and learning about Adele's life and music career. Raised by a single, teenage mother, this biography takes you beyond Adele's beautiful voice and introduces you to various themes throughout her life, including love, loss and her desire for children.

  18. 4 out of 5

    pianogal

    Pretty good read. Little light on the primary sources, but still well-documented.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    Content was interesting (as in, Adele is interesting!) but I thought it was badly written!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Amos

    Love her music but would really have loved to learn more about her PERSONALLY rather than all about her professional life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah H.

    I love Adele even more now.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Gunn

    I found this book boring and wished I had not bothered paying good money for it. Thought it would give more insight to Adele but alas just left me guessing about her life.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Abreu

    It was like reading a newspaper. Very weak.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The book was basically a collection of information you'd find in interviews and magazines. Not what I was expecting. The book was basically a collection of information you'd find in interviews and magazines. Not what I was expecting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aman

    it was good, a bit like i was reading the paper though :) i love Adele a little more after reading this

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pippa Gallagher

    I thought it was a good book. It explained her life as a young star and how she got there. I didn't know much about her and know i do. I thought it was a good book. It explained her life as a young star and how she got there. I didn't know much about her and know i do.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emma Pasnak

    This book was very interesting and I learned a lot about Adele's life. I was surprised by many things I read about, since Adele is such a celebrity now. This book was very interesting and I learned a lot about Adele's life. I was surprised by many things I read about, since Adele is such a celebrity now.

  28. 5 out of 5

    CINDI CAIN

    great book chronicling her vocal problems, record deals & personal relationships. For any Adele fan - easy enjoyable read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Lawson

    The book was very repetitious

  30. 4 out of 5

    Daydreamer1921

    I love Adele so much!! She's perfect! And this book is great one! Love it! Daydreamer forever! I love Adele so much!! She's perfect! And this book is great one! Love it! Daydreamer forever!

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