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Carpenters - The Musical Legacy

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After becoming multimillion-selling, Grammy-winning superstars with their 1970 breakthrough hit (They Long to Be) Close to You, Richard and Karen Carpenter would win over millions of fans worldwide with a record-breaking string of hits including We've Only Just Begun, Top of the World, and Yesterday Once More.

By 1975, success was taking its toll. Years of jam-packed work schedules, including hundreds of concert engagements, proved to be just too much for the Carpenters to keep the hits coming--and, ultimately, to keep the music playing at all. However, Richard and Karen never took their adoring public, or each other, for granted.

In Carpenters: The Musical Legacy, Richard Carpenter tells his story for the first time. With candor, heart, and humor, he sheds new light on the Carpenters' trials and triumphs--work that remains the gold standard for melodic pop. This beautifully illustrated definitive biography, with exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photographs, is a must-have for any Carpenters fan.