Pharrell Williams has redefined what it means to be cool. He’s known to use his music, fashion and design to create and express his individual style. Pharrell has done just about everything in the music business; he’s been a producer, a singer-songwriter, and even a rapper.
He formed the band The Neptunes with his schoolfriend Chad Hugo and two of their other friends. The Neptunes would go on to become a production company, receiving worldwide success for their work on I’m a Slave 4 U by Britney Spears.
Pharrell would continue to create his own music through his new band N*E*R*D, which also contained members of his old band The Neptunes. Pharrell would win two Grammies in 2004; one for “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical” and a “Best Pop Vocal Album” Grammy for his appearance on Justified by Justin Timberlake.
Williams continues to achieve success; his most notable recent achievements including being the composer to the soundtrack to the Despicable Me movies. He almost won an Academy Award for the song Happy from Despicable Me 2 but lost out to Let It Go from the movie Frozen.
Given everything that Pharrell Williams has done in his life, it’s fair to say he has a lot of stories to tell. Take a trip through the world of Pharrell Williams with his book Places and Spaces I’ve Been.
Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been
Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been takes an in-depth look at the musical career of Pharrell. It uses lavish photography to tell the story of all of his projects from his humble beginnings with The Neptunes, through to the creation of N*E*R*D and his time spent working with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and the other major players in the hip hop scene.
Pharrell also goes into detail on his other creative exploits. He’s far more than just a musician after all. He talks all about his clothing lines and the jewelry and accessories he designed for Louis Vitton, as well as the furniture and other products he helped design.
There’s a real intellectual curiosity to Pharrell that helps him find inspiration in the most unexpected and interesting of places. There’s no telling where his next great idea will come from.
The book includes plenty of interviews from collaborators and people that Pharrell has connected with in his life. From Anna Wintour to Jay-Z, Kanye West and even Buzz Aldrin.
Pharrell has met a lot of interesting people in his life and they all have some interesting things to say about him. These commentaries add to the visual imagery to create a presentation that explores not just his life and work but also how culture is constantly changing and what it all means.
The book taps into the life and career of Pharrell Williams and explores how he became one of the most innovative figures of the modern age. How he constantly feels the need to redefine himself and his art and how he redefined what it means to work in the music business and culture as a whole.