Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage, a timely and passionate call to action for engaging with our current political moment and handling it with intelligence, grace, and integrity, from the Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum singer-songwriter and New York Times-bestselling author Tori Amos. The book is slated for a May 2020 release.
Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Amos has been one of the music industry’s most enduring and ingenious artists. From her unnerving depiction of sexual assault in ‘Me and A Gun’ to her post-9/11 album Scarlet’s Walk to her decidedly feminist stage musical The Light Princess, her work has never shied away from intermingling the personal with the political.
Her most recent studio album, Native Invader (2017), was formed out of her desire to prove that “we can out-create the destructiveness that is all around us,” and that same message becomes the foundation of Resistance – a potent antidote to our current (inter)national trauma.
Amos began playing piano as a teenager for the politically powerful at hotel bars in Washington, D.C., during the formative years of the post-Goldwater and then Koch-led Libertarian and Reaganite movements. The story continues to her time as a hungry artist in L.A. to the subsequent three decades of her formidable career as one of music’s most influential and courageous voices.
In Resistance, Amos explains to us how she managed to create meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structures – and how her proud declarations of feminism and her mission to fight for the marginalized always proved to be her guiding light. She teaches us to engage with intention in this tumultuous global climate and speaks directly to supporters of #MeToo and #TimesUp, as well as young people fighting for their rights and visibility in the world. Filled with compassionate guidance and actionable advice – and using some of the most powerful, political songs in Amos’s canon – this book is for readers determined to steer the world back in the right direction.
World English rights for Resistance were acquired by Rakesh Satyal, Senior Editor at Atria, and will be released in audiobook by Simon & Schuster Audio.
Tori Amos is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, pianist, composer, and, with Ann Powers, the New York Times bestselling author of Tori Amos: Piece by Piece. She has released fifteen studio albums, including her latest, Native Invader, in 2017.