Artist: Johnson, Jack
Author: Shapiro, Marc
So many rock biographies tell the same story, Natural Born Man is a true exception. Jack Johnson spent his youth carving out a reputation as a budding Pro-surfer on the legendary Hawaiian Pipeline break, joining a line-up that included future champion Kelly Slater and child prodigy Donovan Frankenreiter. After college, Jack shot groundbreaking surf movies like Thicker Than Water. But, music was a constant in his youth, jamming with punk bands and performing acoustic tunes at parties, and after soundtracking a subsequent surf flick, The September Sessions, with his own distinctive compositions, Jack gradually found his voice as a singer-songwriter.
Jack’s following grew with the distinctive laid-back surf-folk of debut CD Brushfire Fairytales, a word-of-mouth hit. Soon he was playing to sold-out crowds across the US, and follow-up record On And On hit the US top five, but it was his 2005 multi-platinum third album In Between Dreams that saw Jack really hit the big time. It made the #1 spot in the UK, where he was acclaimed as a ‘Dylan for the 21st Century’ and picked up a 2006 BRIT award for International Breakthrough Act, and it hit the #2 spot in the US. His latest long-player, a fun collection for younger listeners, Sing-A-Longs And Lullabies for the film Curious George, consolidated his achievements, reaching #1 in the US, Canada and Australia. And as Jack travelled the world to promote his CDs he brought a new environmental approach that chimed with his love of nature, insisting on eco-friendly tour merchandise, placing recycling sites at gigs and donating leftover food to homeless shelters.
Acclaimed George Harrison biographer Marc Shapiro documents the unique story of one of rock’s most original new stars. Natural Born Man is a true reflection on a man of simple passions and tastes, who has managed to marry his feelings about all the big and small moments in life to an infectious feel-good, acoustic beat. Jack Johnson is a man true to his visions and generous enough to invite us along for the ride. For all his success, Jack Johnson would rather be surfing. And at the end of the day, so would we all…
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