Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has a new book titled What Happened. The tell-all-style book was released on Tuesday (Sept. 12). In it, Clinton retraces nuances from her presidential campaign — yes, even the emails — and states in the Author’s Note that while “this isn’t a cohesive account of the 2016 race,” it is “my story of what happened. It’s the story of what I saw, felt, and thought during two of the most intense years I’ve ever experienced.”
Clinton goes into detail about former FBI director James Comey, the emails, sexism and more serious subject matter, but she also uses music as a tool to tell her story.
Before each chapter is a quote. Before the second chapter, “Showing Up,” reads the following: “‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger.’ — Friedrich Nietzsche (and Kelly Clarkson)”
While that is an abstract reference to Clarkson, Clinton does provide specific artist anecdotes like this one from page 185:
For the music at our rallies, we chose a lot of empowering women artists — Sara Bareilles, Andra Day, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, and Rachel Platten — as well as songs from Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, and John Legend and the Roots. We loved to see our crowds singing along to the music. To this day, I can’t hear “Fight Song,” “Roar,” or “Rise Up” without getting emotional.
On page 72, Clinton divulges what she did the Saturday after she’d shockingly lost the 2016 presidential election:
On the Saturday after the election, I turned on Saturday Night Live and watched Kate McKinnon open the show with her impression of me one more time. She sat at a grand piano and played, “Hallelujah,” the hauntingly beautiful song by Leonard Cohen, who had died a few days before. As she sang, it seemed like she was fighting back tears. Listening, so was I.
I did my best, it wasn’t much,
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I don’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah
At the end, Kate-as-Hillary turned to the camera and said, “I’m not giving up and neither should you.”
What Happened is now available in hardcover, eBook and audio.