in conversation with Busy Philipps
discussing her book,
A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90012
$43 General Admission seating + Book
$53 Reserved Section seating + Book
$20 General Admission (on sale April 10, 10am)
* all books are pre-signed
Tori Amos is a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum 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.
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.
Busy Philipps is a New York Times Best-Selling author, actor and activist. She hosted the late-night talk show Busy Tonight, on E! for which she also served as Executive Producer alongside Tina Fey. In 2018, she released a collection of humorous autobiographical essays in her bookThis Will Only Hurt a Little. As an actress she is best known for roles in cult TV classics like Freaks and Geeks, Dawson’s Creek, Cougar Town, ER, and, most recently, HBO’s Vice Principals. She has appeared in fan-favorite films such as Made of Honor, I Don’t Know How She Does It, He’s Just Not That Into You, White Chicks, and The Gift. She also was one of the writers of the hit film Blades of Glory.As an advocate and activist, she testified before Congress on reproductive rights and launched the #youknowme campaign on social media, in which she implored other women to go public with their own stories. In 2019, Philipps joined the Advisory Board of SeeHer, the Association of National Advertisers’ leading movement for gender equality in advertising and media. SeeHer is a collective of marketers committed to creating and supporting content that portrays women and girls as they really are.