Robin Eggar Shania Twain: The Biography

ISBN 13: 9780743497350

Shania Twain: The Biography

3,47 valoración promedio
( 30 valoraciones por Goodreads )
 
9780743497350: Shania Twain: The Biography

The Incredible Rags-to-Riches Story of One of the Bestselling Female Artists of All Time
Shania Twain has risen from humble beginnings in a dirt-poor mining town in Northern Canada to amazing heights of superstardom. At the age of eight her mother was taking her to sing in lumberjack bars; now she shares a Swiss mansion and an estate in New Zealand with her record-producer husband and is worth more than $100 million. Hits such as "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" and "That Don't Impress Me Much" ensured that her third album, Come On Over, became the bestselling album in country-music history and her astounding crossover to mainstream music swiftly followed. Her life, however, has remained the subject of speculation and controversy.
British music journalist Robin Eggar has talked to Shania's close friends, family, business associates -- and to Shania herself -- to build an insightful, rounded portrait of a woman whose Cinderella tale has become a fable for our times.

"Sinopsis" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.

About the Author:

Robin Eggar is a London-based writer who has profiled stars for publications such as The Sunday Times, Esquire, and The Daily Telegraph. He has written seven other books, including the British bestseller Tom Jones: The Biography.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

Chapter One: Titanic Blues (and Bootlegging Brawlers)

Accidents make history. Sometimes a missed connection is a vital one. Shania Twain might not exist if her great-grandfather Francis George Pearce had arrived at Southampton docks one day earlier. The twenty-four-year-old soldier had promised his wife and baby daughter that the voyage taking them to a new life in Canada would be on a brand new ship. Fortunately he arrived too late and all the third-class passages had sold out. The Titanic sailed without the Pearces. On April 14, 1912, the unsinkable ship hit an iceberg and sank with the loss of fifteen hundred lives, most of whom were traveling in steerage class.

The Pearces were a solid mixture of English and Irish stock (though they tried to deny their Irish blood for years). Frank, born in 1887, had joined the British army in his late teens and was serving in Norfolk, where he met Lottie Louise Reeves, one of eleven children. A few months younger, she was born in Weybourne, where the winds blow straight down from the Arctic over the North Sea. They were married in St. Michael's Church, Aldershot, on October 2, 1909, after which Frank was posted to keep the peace in Ireland. Their eldest daughter, Eileen, was born in Newbridge, County Kildare, on April 10, 1911. The following year they decided, along with most of her family, to try their luck in the Dominion of Canada.

Frank, Lottie Louise, and baby Eileen made the crossing safely on the next available boat and took the trains as far as Manitoba. Frank had been lured by the promise of a quarter-section farm, one hundred and sixty acres of land to call his own. Until his claim was registered, he worked on the railroads out of Winnipeg, thanks to the man his sister-in-law Mary had met on the boat over and subsequently married. Their second child, a son also named Frank, was born in Winnipeg, but when war broke out, Frank Sr., an army reservist, was immediately called up. He returned to Europe, leaving his wife, pregnant with Jack, sitting in their new homestead in the wild scrubland outside of Badger, six miles north of the US border.

Frank did not worry unduly about his wife. He knew the Reeves women had strength of character, spirit in spades. They knew how to look after themselves and their families. "Lottie and her sister Cyl didn't take a backseat," says Roger Pearce, Frank Jr.'s son. "If someone pissed them off, look out. There were three Irishmen, the Ryans, in town. They were raising hell, fighting all the time, but if they were where Lottie was she would give them a tune up and they would sit in the corner like little boys, wouldn't say 'boo.' They had respect for her because she wouldn't take no BS from anyone. When she and Cyl were older they loved to watch wrestling on TV, they'd get all wild over it."

Gunner F.G. Pearce (No. 37417) did not return home for five years. He served in the Royal Regiment of Field Artillery; his special affinity with horses proved essential for driving the guns and ammunition trailers through the mud behind the front line. Gunners did not have to live in the trenches, or go over the top into the machine guns of no man's land, though Frank regularly volunteered to carry extra ammunition supplies into the trenches. He returned home in 1919 sporting "Pip, Squeak & Wilfred," a full set of medals: the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

He was a quiet, well-mannered, dignified man who never spoke about his wartime experiences and just got on with providing for his family. Two more daughters, Grace and May, arrived and, in 1926, when May was two, the Pearces moved to a new farm just outside Piney. It was a family affair, for Lottie's father, Sidney Reeves, had the farm opposite. The land around Piney was all right but nowhere near as fertile as the Red River Valley where the Great Plains began thirty miles further west. It was mostly flat scrub and bush enlivened by a few hills and East Ridge, with its plunging ravines and towering red pines over one hundred feet tall. Frank ran a mixed farm supporting a few cattle, other livestock, and grain fields, enough to feed the family. The cash crops were oats and alfalfa, excellent cattle forage. Frank produced such high-quality alfalfa seed that he was contacted by the University of Manitoba, which wanted to know how he did it.

During the twenties, while life was tough and money short in rural Manitoba, the Pearces and the Reeveses survived well enough. Thanks to Mary's husband there was always work on the railroads -- every day Frank walked the two miles to the railhead in Piney -- and the farm provided all the food they needed. They entertained themselves playing cards, Frank Jr. and May loved to sing, Lottie's sister Cyl (Cecilia) had an excellent voice and was a very good piano player, and several times a year there was a let-your-hair-down hoedown. While the farm could feed a growing family, the adults had to find work outside.

Eileen started working in the kitchens and behind the bar of the Piney Hotel when she was eighteen. There she met Walter Fraser, a lad from a local town. They married in 1932 and decided to chance their luck in the mines of northern Ontario. He found work as a shaft sinker in the Hallnor mine in Timmins, where their son Don was born on August 7, 1933. The marriage foundered soon after, and Fraser left town, severing all contact with his family.

Eileen struggled to make ends meet. Money was so tight that when Don was ten, he was sent to live with his grandparents on the farm in Piney for the winter. Eileen scrimped and saved her waitressing tips to buy him a pair of ice skates for Christmas. Things looked up after she fell in love with George Morrison (born 1908), a professional saw filer who sharpened and hammered into shape the huge blades in a sawmill. "George," May recalls, "was very nice-looking. He was a big man, tall and very kind." He, too, was of mixed ancestry. His father, Bert, was Scottish and his mother, Mary, (née Brisbois) was, despite her French name, predominantly Irish with a little dash of Spanish. Their only child, Sharon, was born in Vita, Manitoba, on June 4, 1945, because Eileen wanted to be back with her parents. She returned to Timmins soon after the birth, to the family house on Poplar Street. Later they moved to a small three-bedroomed, wooden bungalow with white walls and a red roof out on Highway 101 between Matheson and Moose Creeks, fifteen miles east of South Porcupine. When Eileen's kids came out to visit on Sundays, the main entertainment was the short walk to the gas station in Hoyle where two brown bears, Yogi and Booboo, were kept in cages.

George made a good wage and the family was well provided for, but like most fathers of his generation he left the child rearing to his wife. Eileen was a gentle woman, happiest milking the cow and tending to her large garden. Her daughter, virtually an only child (Don married and left home when he was nineteen), was headstrong and willful. "As a child, Sharon was a real handful," says May Thompson, Eileen Morrison's youngest sister. "She wanted her way with everything. My brother Jack, who lived in Timmins too, couldn't get over how disciplined our kids were in comparison. Sharon had a nervous complaint of some kind and my sister always worried about her. She would raise heck every morning about going to school on the bus, there was an argument every day about something."

"She was a bright young girl, very enthused with life," remembers Don. "She went to school in Hoyle and then to Roland Michener High School in South Porcupine. She was very headstrong, but she was also high-strung, very high-strung, so she would go into depression fairly easily. She was always on the go, a very busy girl."

In the early 1960s, the Morrisons moved to Field, just outside Sudbury. In a few short years, everything went horribly wrong. George suffered a severe stroke that left him 90 percent paralyzed and unable to speak. Under the added pressure Eileen, who had a congenital heart condition, suffered the first of several minor heart attacks. That did nothing to help Sharon's mood swings, and without any male influence she started to look for a substitute. Sharon had always been interested in boys -- even at thirteen when she went to help out her mother's pregnant cousin Evelyn Struthers, who was staying up at Nellie Lake. "She was young, happy-go-lucky, a cute girl," recalls Evelyn. "She was very outgoing and there was a few younger guys in the island and she was certainly interested in them."

At seventeen, she was a pretty girl, tall, five foot seven and very slender -- perhaps too thin for some -- with blond hair turning to auburn. When she was happy she was wonderful company who loved to talk and talk and talk. When the moods were upon her she could be difficult company as she withdrew into herself. She got engaged to Gilles, a young Frenchman from Sturgeon Falls, whom both her mother and brother liked. Just before the wedding he was killed in a car crash. Sharon was already pregnant. Her daughter, called Jill after her father, was born on April 19, 1963.

Sharon, a once indulged child, found herself flooded by a fistful of adult responsibilities, a baby, an invalid father, a poorly mother, no money. She was not yet eighteen and she should have been out having fun. She found it hard to cope, she could not earn enough to support herself. In 1964, that was a man's job. She needed help. Jill was still a toddler when Sharon met a man who seemed to be the answer to all her problems: Clarence Edwards.

"Those times really hit us all hard, Sharon especially, as she had a little girl," says Don. "When she met Clarence she was still very upset. At that time I thought he was a real nice person."

Clarence Edwards was the eighth of Harold and Regina Edwards's nine children. The Edwardses are a sprawling, brawling clan who emigrated from Ireland in the nineteenth century and fetched up farming in the Ottawa Valley outside Renfrew on the Quebec border. Fed up with life in "Cowshit Valley," Harold's father moved to Chapleau...

"Sobre este título" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.

Los mejores resultados en AbeBooks

1.

EGGAR
Editorial: Simon and Schuster
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Cantidad: > 20
Librería
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Simon and Schuster. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 074349735X

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 10,91
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 2,95
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

2.

Robin Eggar
Editorial: SIMON SCHUSTER, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 10
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
The Book Depository US
(London, Reino Unido)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción SIMON SCHUSTER, United States, 2005. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. The Incredible Rags-to-Riches Story of One of the Bestselling Female Artists of All Time Shania Twain has risen from humble beginnings in a dirt-poor mining town in Northern Canada to amazing heights of superstardom. At the age of eight her mother was taking her to sing in lumberjack bars; now she shares a Swiss mansion and an estate in New Zealand with her record-producer husband and is worth more than $100 million. Hits such as Man! I Feel Like a Woman and That Don t Impress Me Much ensured that her third album, Come On Over, became the bestselling album in country-music history and her astounding crossover to mainstream music swiftly followed. Her life, however, has remained the subject of speculation and controversy. British music journalist Robin Eggar has talked to Shania s close friends, family, business associates -- and to Shania herself -- to build an insightful, rounded portrait of a woman whose Cinderella tale has become a fable for our times. Nº de ref. de la librería AAV9780743497350

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 17,39
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
De Reino Unido a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

3.

Robin Eggar
Editorial: SIMON SCHUSTER, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 10
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
The Book Depository
(London, Reino Unido)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción SIMON SCHUSTER, United States, 2005. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.The Incredible Rags-to-Riches Story of One of the Bestselling Female Artists of All Time Shania Twain has risen from humble beginnings in a dirt-poor mining town in Northern Canada to amazing heights of superstardom. At the age of eight her mother was taking her to sing in lumberjack bars; now she shares a Swiss mansion and an estate in New Zealand with her record-producer husband and is worth more than $100 million. Hits such as Man! I Feel Like a Woman and That Don t Impress Me Much ensured that her third album, Come On Over, became the bestselling album in country-music history and her astounding crossover to mainstream music swiftly followed. Her life, however, has remained the subject of speculation and controversy. British music journalist Robin Eggar has talked to Shania s close friends, family, business associates -- and to Shania herself -- to build an insightful, rounded portrait of a woman whose Cinderella tale has become a fable for our times. Nº de ref. de la librería AAV9780743497350

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 17,47
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
De Reino Unido a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

4.

Eggar, Robin
Editorial: Simon and Schuster (2005)
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Cantidad: > 20
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Simon and Schuster, 2005. PAP. Estado de conservación: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Nº de ref. de la librería IQ-9780743497350

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 14,29
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,37
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

5.

Robin Eggar
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Cantidad: > 20
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Estado de conservación: New. This item is Print on Demand - Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Nº de ref. de la librería POD_9780743497350

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 18,31
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

6.

Eggar, Robin
Editorial: Pocket Books 10/11/2005 (2005)
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Paperback or Softback Cantidad: 10
Librería
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Pocket Books 10/11/2005, 2005. Paperback or Softback. Estado de conservación: New. Shania Twain: The Biography. Book. Nº de ref. de la librería BBS-9780743497350

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 18,46
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

7.

Eggar, Robin
Editorial: Gallery Books (2017)
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: > 20
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Gallery Books, 2017. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Nº de ref. de la librería 074349735X

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 16,86
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 1,68
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

8.

Robin Eggar
Editorial: Gallery Books
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: > 20
Librería
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Gallery Books. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Paperback. 384 pages. Dimensions: 8.0in. x 5.2in. x 1.2in.The Incredible Rags-to-Riches Story of One of the Bestselling Female Artists of All Time Shania Twain has risen from humble beginnings in a dirt-poor mining town in Northern Canada to amazing heights of superstardom. At the age of eight her mother was taking her to sing in lumberjack bars; now she shares a Swiss mansion and an estate in New Zealand with her record-producer husband and is worth more than 100 million. Hits such as Man! I Feel Like a Woman and That Dont Impress Me Much ensured that her third album, Come On Over, became the bestselling album in country-music history and her astounding crossover to mainstream music swiftly followed. Her life, however, has remained the subject of speculation and controversy. British music journalist Robin Eggar has talked to Shanias close friends, family, business associates -- and to Shania herself -- to build an insightful, rounded portrait of a woman whose Cinderella tale has become a fable for our times. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Nº de ref. de la librería 9780743497350

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 16,90
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,33
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

9.

Eggar, Robin
Editorial: Pocket Books (2016)
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 1
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, Reino Unido)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Pocket Books, 2016. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Nº de ref. de la librería ria9780743497350_lsuk

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 18,76
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 4,40
De Reino Unido a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

10.

Robin Eggar
Editorial: Pocket Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 074349735X ISBN 13: 9780743497350
Nuevos Tapa blanda Cantidad: 1
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Pocket Books, 2005. Estado de conservación: New. This item is printed on demand for shipment within 3 working days. Nº de ref. de la librería GM9780743497350

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 21,06
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 2,99
De Alemania a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

Existen otras copia(s) de este libro

Ver todos los resultados de su búsqueda