Soul Picnic

The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro

Michele Kort

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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Laura Nyro was a beloved and pioneering singer-songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s, whose songs were covered with great success by the Fifth Dimension; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Three Dog Night; and Barbra Streisand. This first biography uncovers previously never revealed details, including a love affair with Jackson Browne, and her relationship with painter Maria Desiderio.

Unappreciated in her time, Nyro’s legacy is currently experiencing a revival. With her groundbreakingly honest and passionate lyrics, her unusual and innovative rhythms and melody, Nyro’s influence is still felt by singers and songwriters today.

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"It was always my road to have high drama onstage-Laura Nyro gave me a map." --Rickie Lee Jones

"She wrote about the world I lived in but infused it with so much passion that ordinary things-the weather, the river, the streets, the kids-glowed with a spiritual energy. Though we were plain, ordinary, nasty kids, when she sang she made us beautiful." --Suzanne Vega

"Laura Nyro you can lump me in with, because Laura exerted an influence on me. I looked to her and took some direction from her." --Joni Mitchell

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Michele Kort

Michele Kort, Los Angeles-based writer and editor, has been a journalist for over twenty years. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Songwriter, Ms., Los Angeles Magazine, L.A. Reader, Redbook, InStyle, The Advocate, and L.A. Weekly, she has won numerous awards. She also coauthored the memoir The End of Innocence with Chastity Bono.

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Soul Picnic
The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro
Michele Kort

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312303181
ISBN10: 0312303181
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$20.99
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