Tori Amos released her fifteenth album, Native Invader, in 2017, and she’s following it with a different sort of release: a new memoir. Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage comes out on May 5, 2020, and here’s the description:
Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori 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-September 11 album, Scarlet’s Walk, to her latest album, Native Invader, her work has never shied away from intermingling the personal with the political.
Amos began playing piano as a teenager for the politically powerful at hotel bars in Washington, DC, 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 Los Angeles to the subsequent three decades of her formidable music career. Amos explains how she managed to create meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structures—and how her proud declarations of feminism and her 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 anyone determined to steer the world back in the right direction.
Tori’s last book, the autobiographical Piece by Piece, which she wrote with music journalist Ann Powers, came out in 2005.
Since Native Invader came out, Tori’s version of the 1939 standard “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” has soundtracked the end credits of the Amazon adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. Listen to that, and stream Native Invader, below.