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Christina Aguilera: A Star Is Made: The Unauthorized Biography Paperback – 1 Jun 2003
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It is the first analytical, serious and uncensored look at Christina's life and her rise to the pinnacle of the pop world. A controversial and elusive figure, Christina Aguilera has polarised and mesmerized audiences since the beginning. While fans praise her sultry, soulful voice, a growing contingent of detractors finds her whole persona tacky. Even other artists, including Eminem have openly proclaimed their dislike of her; and her idol, Mariah Carey, refused to talk to her. Love her or hate her, Christina's success is without precedent. Millions and millions of her albums sold worldwide. It seems that everything she touches turns platinum. Author Pier Dominguez traces the construction of a 21st century star and provides a shrewd, psychological portrait - the first analytical look at her life and rise to the pinnacle of the pop world.This biography reveals Christina Aguilera in a most intimate light, chronicling her early years, exploring her motivations and tracing the development of her career. It strips away the media hoopla and exposes the Real Christina."Christina Aguilera: A Star is Made" gives you all the details about how Christina fled her abusive father at age 5; cut out her first manager and later refused to give her credit; dropped her first boyfriend as her fame was reaching its most glorious crescendo; became the puppet of her record label, which attempted to downplay her ethnicity and helped her keep her romantic life secret and fired the manager who took her to the top of the charts. After an almost two-year hiatus, and after having her stardom carefully constructed by the RCA label, Christina has come back with an album "Stripped" that is almost entirely her own creation. The question Dominguez provocatively poses is, Will she shine as brightly on her own?
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The years are from Christina's early childhood all the way until her "Lady Marmalade" performance, awards, and video. The Stripped Album is only put in the very end in the Discography and implied toward the last chapter. The entire reading takes an approach that is objective, non-suggestive, and definitely marked by much facts, great analogies, and much insight. It was very apparent many people were interviewed, much research was done on her music, and a lot of passion was present by the author.
My most memorable readings would have to be when it's mentioned that Christina had many problems in school and lots of the kids were jealous of her. It was in that chapter that I realized that songs like "Beautiful" and "Fighter" may have inspired her down-the-line.
Also, quite impressive was her reaction to life's throwbacks. While many would crawl up and shrivel, Christina didn't. On one instance, it was mentioned that when her dad [as she was a child] would yell at her mom she would go to her room and sing. It was her escape from the negativity and turmoil. In the Star Search challenge she lost, in her school dilemmas, in her loss to Shakira in the Latin Awards, in her break-up to Santos, in Eminem's bashing, and the list goes on, Christina never looses her focus to put her music first, to learn from her losses, and to gain knowledge, experience, and spread it along through her writings and music.
When her first impression by the artist, Pink [Lady Marmalade time] was not good but later it changed to the point she was introduced to the song-writer that would create many smashing hits in her future albums it became obvious that Christina never gives up the challenge to win people by letting them get to know her as a person and not the first impression. Which to me made me see how more songs in the future had arisen from that. She puts messages in her music that are positive, inspiring, and gives hope by sharing her life experiences --which are totally revealed in this book to a certain degree.
All her albums were analyzed, talked about extensively and included sales ranks, chart positions, and awards. All relating to the beginning eras and not including Stripped. Her love life was very much scrutinized with Fred Durst, Jorge Santos, and a few others. There were no gossip stories or tabloid type writings. I enjoyed the comparisons with Britney, Mariah, Madonna, and others. There were many revelations not known to me like how Christina demands a certain amount of light bulb to her dressing rooms in tours, certain foods, and much more. It gave a clear cut picture on who Christina was as a child, as a young teenager, and as a young adult. The chapters are carefully crafted to have everything in chronological order by putting each album, single, and life event by year --making it much easier to understand and enjoy. There are black and white photos in the middle from her beginnings, Lady Marmalade, Ricky Martin and her, and Stripped Era.
Astonishingly, there were many facts on other artists [Mariah Carey] that were unbelievable. It has a compare and contrast approach I found very much insightful and extremely diverse as compared to other writers. There was much mentioning of how she planned to do her album Stripped with a much more personal style, less control by her producers, and changes. Although, the album name wasn't mentioned it was specifically talked about as a project that Christina was working on with hip-hop artists to give it a much more R&B edge. She did not want to have a pop type sound but more of a soulful, R&B, pop blend. It was definitely a great book and I highly recommend it for fans, book lovers, and just anybody interested in learning about the music business and how to go about it. The details on how Christina started and got into the music business and acting were analyzed, explained, and given much merit. Overall, if you want to buy an unauthorized biography that has the complete package with regards to music, personal, and professional information of Christina this is for you!
Its honest, insightful, lengthy and detailed so if you read just one pop biography make it this one, its worth the money.
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