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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brutally honest...brilliant!,
This review is from: The Truth is... (Paperback)Wow. I've just finished reading this book and it has left me in a kind of stupor. It may be one of the shorter biographies out there but the title says it all. What it is saying is `this is the truth, as I see it and saw it then, feel it now and felt it then.'
There are so many things about this book that I love firstly that it's so raw and pure that it has left me bewildered and yet full of emotion towards this woman who doesn't even know I exist. The tale is so simply told but it grabs you till you can almost feel what she feels...the pain, sorrow and happiness become yours.
There's quite a bit on where her music comes from. The real stories behind some of the lyrics that have become so famous, and you'll be amazed just how different they can be from general perception. One of my favourite is how she came to write `sleep', the presence of which had always seemed odd on her `Breakdown' album. The bittersweet origins have made this song a little more special to me as I had brushed it aside before.
A few unpublished lines she has penned creep in as do pictures of friends and family. Plus the one I read had an Afterword which was written a year after the book was finished and brings in a bit about Tammy and the new life.
This book takes the image of the perfect lives of the rich and famous and tears it apart to show a real human beneath it all.
A wonderful book that will add more meaning to the music and one I recommend with 10 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing...,
This review is from: The Truth is... (Paperback)I hate biographies. They usually contain too much completely boring information. This autobiography was more like sitting down over a coffee and listening to someone be completely open.
Melissa describes her life growing up in small-town America and reveals very personal parts of her life. She tells of her struggles with her relationships and with her family regarding her sexual orientation.
She's very frank about her relationships with people. She's also very passionate and fair in her descriptions of them... in many cases, she may be too fair to people who probably don't deserve it.
All in all, a pleasing (if quick) read. A candid and fascinating memoire by a passionate and enduring figure who deserves every ounce of respect she gets.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa writes honestly and with no apologies for her past and with passion about her lyrics.,
This review is from: The Truth is... (Paperback)When we boarded the ferry for a family holiday to France my friend Jacqui got out her book. She read a few pages and put it down. Big mistake. I picked it up and by the time we arrived at the caravan I had finished it.
It was the singer / songwriter Melissa Etheridge's autobiography. Seemingly it must have been called "The Truth Is... My Life in Love and Music" but to be honest I don't think I looked at the title!
Last year my other friend Maaike introduced me to loads of new artists I had never heard of before. Melissa was one of them. Later Jacqui and I surfed eBay and we added most of Etheridge's cds to our collection.
I knew a little about Melissa's life through general conversation but had wondered about how she had arrived where she is now. This book explained most everything, warts and all. It was incredibly easy to read and was also an ongoing explanation of the reasons behind the lyrics of her songs - some of which I absolutely love. The book proves that the lyrics are personal to her - not her just churning out songs to appease the record company.
Melissa writes honestly and with no apologies for her past and with passion about her lyrics. I enjoyed her explanations and find myself understanding the songs a little better now when I listen to them.
Should you? : If you know her music then yes - if you don't a lot of it will pass over your head. It isn't the longest book in the world so it wouldn't take forever to get through if you fancied it.
Did I? : Most definitely enjoyed this one yup. I think it could stand for a new edition soon as a couple of things have happened to Melissa since that edition.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!,
This review is from: The Truth is... (Paperback)The most truthful, honest, emotional, sensitive and factual auto biographies ever written. No holes barred, frank and straight to the point. A powerfully, condensed, raw book of feeling. A must for any Melissa Etheridge fan and anyone else fed up with flowered up, fancy life stories. Highly recommended, amazing book that will take you from misunderstanding, through intrigue to joy and tears then back again.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love and music,
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This review is from: The Truth is... (Hardcover)A must read for all fans of Melissa.A very pleasant and easy book to read, it contains all the ups and downs in her life and lets you into a few secrets.It covers all about her start in the music business and how she's coped with coming to terms with her sexuality.Once you start reading this book you won't put it down till it's finished, it also contains some brilliant photos.Even if you're not a fan it's still a very interesting book,and gives you an insight into the music industry.
5.0 out of 5 stars You only got to look inside it to know your gonna buy it,
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This review is from: The Truth is... (Paperback)I enjoyed this book (it delivered all as promised) it was raw and very truthful nothing was left out and if there ever was a follow up book number two I would devour that too.
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is....,
This review is from: The Truth is... (Paperback)A thoroughly enjoyable read. This incredibly frank autobiography confirms my suspicion that her albums are like diaries of where her life was at the time. Reading the book fills in the background to the songs and makes them even more poignant. This is a fascinating portrait of an artist whose strengths and frailties are explored openly and honestly through her music.
If you like the music this is well worth a read.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely honest and moving read,
This review is from: The Truth is... (Hardcover)WOW!! I read this book in 2 hours from cover to cover and was totally impressed by Melissa's honesty in sharing some truely personal and painful memories. A must for every Melissa fan. The kind of book you would want to read again and again
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The Truth is... by Laura Morton (Paperback - 7 Nov 2002)
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