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on 18 February 2006
I love this book. Before reading it, I really didn't know much at all about Etta James. Her name was familiar to me and I knew she sang 'At Last', but that was about it. I had no idea of the trials and tribulations that she went through in her life. The reason why I rate this book so highly is the fact that she is so brutally honest and upfront about everything she has done in her life whether it was wrong or right. From drug abuse, violence and criminal activity, she never sugar coats the bad things she has done. Etta is not afraid to paint herself in a bad light at certain times and this I can respect her for. The book was very, very entertaining, funny and sad at times but you feel quite uplifted by the end because she was able to get her life back on track. I would recommend this book for fans of Etta and also people who want to learn more about her, you wont be dissapointed.
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on 5 April 1999
not your typical black entertainer from the middle of the century tale of life on the stage and on the road, etta james' _rage to survive: the etta james story_ is as important as a historic account of society from the 1920s through present day as it is as a personal testiment to one woman's struggle to survive. unapologetic and non-judgemental, james relates the facts of her life in a no-nonsense way; she boldly tells the truth about those who have crossed and encouraged her with compassion and respect. moreover, james reveals her own personal struggle to survive as drug addiction and self-doubt threatened to destroy her. a true diva with the heart and soul of a real person, etta james takes on an emotional journey that all but lets us relive all her pain and glory. the next time hollywood is looking for a _what's love got to do with it_ biopic, they need no look no further than etta "peaches" james' tale.
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on 29 April 2002
Unlike the biographies of Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, James tells her story like it really was. She leaves nothing to the imagination. Her touching on other artist whose paths she crossed reveals tibits of info they should have included in their stories but didn't. It's an eye opener and one of the best I've ever read. Thanks Miss Peaches
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on 26 February 2014
This is a story of survival. It's a pity that most of her problems are self inflicted but you have to read this book to understand her situation. Bad choices in men seems to be her downfall and her mother Dorothy must share the blame. But whatever the lady's condition she gave her all when recording and performing live. Her music is her legacy to the world and her story needs to be told read.
I couldn't put it down and now have an almost complete collection of her recorded works and a better understanding of what it was like growing up fast in those troubled times of segregation. Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke and her soul sister Aretha come alive as they inter-weave through her life and although it is not a totally happy 'Suzy Creamcheese' (as she puts it) life it 's real and tough. One of the best autobigraphies I've read..
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on 24 October 2011
I found the book very interesting,it gave an honest history of Etta's life,warts and all
and an insight into the black music scene of the late 50's and 60's.If you have not listened
to Etta you are missing a great talent who can sing rock,rythem&blues,blues & jazz.
I recommend this book and any of her recordings.
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on 23 September 2009
I could hardly put this down , a facinating biography of a colourful life. Moving insightful emotional , brilliant
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on 6 September 2015
bought mainly to read about her place in the blues genre but frankly she came across as a wasteful cow, and it put me off so i merely reference the names of the other greats she name drops in the book. Strangely she's not mentioned in their books!
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on 28 January 2010
brilliant. well recommended I GOT THE INFP i needed regarding her style and life style
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on 12 May 2012
I really enjoyed this book ; I read it every lunch break and bedtime until I finished it. The photos were great too. It seemed like a very honest autobiography by the singer. Fantastic !
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on 3 November 2014
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! Her story is fascinating and this is really well written!
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