Dusty Springfield made her name in the 1960s with a string of top ten hits and, despite a period in the wilderness during the 70s and 80s, she was back on top in the 90s until her death in 1999. Drawing on personal memories, this biography offers a revealing picture of Dusty's life. Paperback: ISBN 0340794410, $32.95.
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Penny Valentine was the most well-known music writer in the 60s. She appeared regularly on Juke Box Jury and Late Night Line-Up. Friends with most of the big rock stars, she knew Dusty well. She now works at the Guardian. Vicki Wickham was Dusty's long-time friend and manager. Assistant producer on Ready Steady Go! she then managed various acts including Marc Almond and Patti LaBelle. In 1999 she won the music industry's Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.From Publishers Weekly:
Arguably Britain's top pop singer, Dusty Springfield (1939-1999) possessed a voice that survived decades of abuse and, over four decades of recording, proved to be equally adept at lushly orchestrated pop tunes (You Don't Have to Say You Love Me), R & B (Son of a Preacher Man) and disco (What Have I Done to Deserve This?). The confidence she exuded on vinyl was a facade masking severe insecurities, addictions to drink and drugs, bouts of self-mutilation and fear of losing her career if exposed as a lesbian. With her towering blonde beehive hairdo, panda-eye black mascara and elaborate hand gestures, Springfield had a decade of international hits in the 1960s before moving to the U.S., where her career faltered and her demons crippled her career. By the late '70s, she was once again releasing critically acclaimed albums with lackluster sales. Her career resurrected in the late '80s when her duet with the Pet Shop Boys became a global hit. With most of her demons behind her, the singer battled cancer for the last five years of her life, dying just shy of her 60th birthday and weeks before being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Although one wonders just who authorized this, as Springfield didn't participate in the writing of the book, the two authors are knowledgeable insiders (Wickham was Dusty's manager for 13 years and Valentine was a close friend and music journalist). The unvarnished portrait of a troubled, volatile and gifted singer is told with equal parts compassion and sensation. Most of Springfield's more eyebrow-raising incidents were played out of the spotlight (fans will get a first look at what went on during the "missing years" of the '70s); with this fast-paced tell-all bringing them center stage, she may soon rival Judy Garland for tragic diva status. 16 pages b&w photos.
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Descripción Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 340766735
Descripción Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0340766735