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Keyboardist and songwriter with the band Journey, Jonathan Cain writes this long-awaited memoir about his personal story of overcoming and faith, his career with one of the most successful musical groups in history, and the stories behind his greatest hits including "Don't Stop Believin'."
When Jonathan Cain and the iconic band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cain could say he had finally arrived. But Cain's journey wasn't always easy--and his true arrival in life had more to do with faith than fame.
As a child, Cain survived a horrific school fire that killed nearly 100 of his classmates. His experience formed a resilience that would carry him through both tragedy and success. Moving from Chicago to Sunset Boulevard, Cain never let go of his dreams, eventually getting his big break with Journey--and writing the songs that would become the soundtrack of a generation.
Don't Stop Believin' is an epic story of one man's dream that takes you from playing old-country songs at an Italian Deli in Chicago and his experiences with a warm, encouraging father who died too soon, to suddenly writing mega-bestselling songs with some of the most talented musicians and performers ever to take the stage of some of the world's largest arenas. He tells of the thrilling moments when the music came together and offers an inside look at why Steve Perry left and the extraordinary story of their gifted new vocalist, Arnel Pineda.
Through a wonderful retrospective of music that takes us right to the present, Jonathan Cain reminds us of the melodies and lyrics that serve as milestones for our biggest dreams as they call us to never stop believing.
In this engrossing memoir, Journey keyboardist and songwriter Cain gives readers a backstage pass to his musical, personal, and spiritual lives. He begins with his childhood in Chicago, when his for music became a source of solace after he survived a fire at his elementary school that killed 92 of his classmates. Cain was encouraged by his father to pursue music, and their relationship became the inspiration behind many of Journey's songs, including "Don't Stop Believin'." Song titles "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" and "Open Arms" double as chapter headings, and Cain's musical life is the focus of much of the book, but even readers who aren't rock aficionados will appreciate his life story. He divulges much of his personal life, including his difficult relationship with his mother, failed marriages, struggles with faith, and the complexities of collaborating with colleagues such as lead singer Steve Perry. Cain's life has been filled with bumps (notably Journey breaking up in 1987) but by the end of this electric, revealing memoir, readers will understand how Cain became emboldened by his belief that God has been a constant in his tumultuous life. Rock fans and Christian readers looking for a heartening story of perseverance through tragedy will find much to enjoy in Cain's candid memoir.