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From beloved indie musician Andrew McMahon comes a searingly honest and beautifully written memoir about the challenges and triumphs of his life and career, as seen through the lens of his personal connection to three pianos.

Andrew McMahon grew up in sunny Southern California as a child prodigy, learning to play piano and write songs at a very early age, stunning schoolmates and teachers alike with his gift for performing and his unique ability to emotionally connect with audiences. McMahon would go on to become the lead singer and songwriter for Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin, and to release his debut solo album, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, in 2014.

But behind this seemingly optimistic and quintessentially American story of big dreams come true lies a backdrop of overwhelming challenges that McMahon has faced - from a childhood defined by his father's struggle with addiction to his very public battle with leukemia in 2005 at the age of 23, as chronicled in the intensely personal documentary Dear Jack.

Overcoming those odds, McMahon has found solace and hope in the things that matter most, including family, the healing power of music and the one instrument he's always turned to: his piano. Three Pianos takes listeners on a beautifully rendered and bittersweet American journey, one filled with inspiration, heartbreak, and an unwavering commitment to shedding our past in order to create a better future.

©2021 Andrew McMahon (P)2021 Princeton Architectural Press

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  • Kaitlin Schmidt
  • 26-10-21

An utterly lovely memoir from a man who created the soundtrack to my life

You can feel the musician in every line. This memoir doubles as the world’s longest song. It’s lyrical and beautiful and heartbreaking and hopeful. It provides so much context to the autobiographical songs Andrew has wrote and sung spanning decades. He has spent his life documenting trauma, pain, hope and love. Three Pianos is a perfect companion piece to that discography. Every time Andrew McMahon puts pen to paper to make sense of his life and makes the decision to share it with us is a gift.

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  • Teri B. Grafton, MA
  • 17-12-21

Depressing and underwhelming

This book has so much potential however the way the author read the book was so depressing even when reading the good experiences he sounded like he was ready to commit suicide.

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  • Kathleen Turner
  • 26-10-21

Recommend for everyone, not just fans

Andrew has had an incredible journey, handling both fame and cancer at an early age. He’s chosen to express his journey through his professional choices (raising awareness, setting up an organization), personal choices (building a family), and musically. I’m glad he’s added author to his list, and I’d recommend this book to anyone, as even non-fans can appreciate what a journey he’s had.

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  • Jenna
  • 18-08-22

5/5

This was so beautifully written and read. No I’m not crying at the gym… you are…

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  • Al Brown
  • 17-08-22

Punk Rock Princess Approved!!!

I’ve been a huge fan of Andrew’s since middle school and have followed his journey for 20+ year! Hearing him read and play during this audiobook gaves me chills in the best kind of ways. Much like his music this memoir sheds light into his world and mindset. It brings me hope while I continue to struggle with my mental health and gives me strength, that I can pull myself out of the darkness and into the bright and colorful world. I honestly don’t think I would have made it to my 30s without your gift of music. Thank you for being so open and honest with us readers and fans. I’m forever thankful for this work of heART!

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  • jessica consilvio
  • 04-07-22

Amazing…

I have followed Andrew McMahon’s music career since I was 21 years old. His music has been a saving grace for me during my darkest times. To listen to Andrew speak so eloquently and candidly about all he has experienced has opened a further understanding into the music that has shaped my life. Andrew is a treasure and Three Pianos is further proof why he is and always will be, my favorite musician.

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  • Sebastian
  • 10-06-22

OUTSTANDING this is worth every credit

Honestly I really can’t recommend this book more.. it’s incredibly well written .. it solidified for me the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. I can honestly admit to getting very emotional at least four times and two of those times I literally cried. And it wasn’t always because something was sad. But just a great story with great storytelling..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-22

awesome

beautiful words spoken about a brilliant artist and his world surrounded by love and piano

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-03-22

Just wow!

Just when I didn’t think I could love him even more! I enjoyed hearing about his life, trials, and overcoming his demons in detail. I’ve always been a huge fan of his music, but this book helped me understand his lyrics more than I thought I did. It was so beautifully written and listening on audiobook it was wonderfully told. He speaks of his wife so reverently, it’s so touching. I can’t recommend Three Pianos enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-22

I was really moved by this book and loved every second of it. If you are a musician, you’ll feel the same.

The honesty, openness and passion that Andrew writes with is encapsulating. I felt connected to him and his story as the story unfolded. Highly recommended!