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5.0 out of 5 stars
Very thorough, 21 July 2009
I completely disagree with Mozfan. The reason that this book works so well is because it does take the time to explain where Rufus came from and the situation with his family. It's impossible to really appreciate how Rufus's attitude and music came to be without knowing about his family. And when you discover just how competitive they all are it becomes an even more interesting story. I also liked the way that the author took the time to explain non-musical events such as the rise of AIDS in the 1980s when Rufus was in his teens and how it affected that generation of teenagers. I don't read many music biographies as I generally find them trivial but this book was well researched and entertainingly written and understood that it is important to put artists of any kind into context with their peers and predecessors. This book was obviously published before Rufus's new opera was performed and it would have been interesting to read about that.