on 24 October 2010
It must be said that Motown is one of the most successful record labels in the history of popular music, because of the number of hopeful artists that entered its doors and came out contributing a vast catalogue of classic songs. Berry Gordy's vision became a reality through the structure of a well run company that trained and refined its artists to become the stars we know today. Whilst previous books have rightly highlighted this, it has been well documented that certain artists were shown preferential treatment, whilst others experienced a rough deal.Florence Ballard was one of those. Although Peter's book chronicles the rise and fame of Flo along with her fellow Supremes, he has thoroughly researched the years of heartache and decline before her untimely death.
It was when Peter was working as a journalist that he was approached to follow up a newspaper story about Florence Ballard living on state benefits. He tracked her down and was granted permission to interview and record her struggles. The interview forms the basis of the book and is further supported by those who knew her well. I won't say anymore so as not to spoil the read for anyone interested in buying this book. But I will say that Peter Benjaminson has written an honest and frank account of how Florence Ballard set out to get what was rightfully hers. I rate this book among the best I have ever read.
on 12 October 2009
Im 15 years old, i love motown, and have since i was 13, i got this book for my birthday, and haven't put it down!
poor old flo and the way she was cheated out of her millions, and as much as this pains me to say this, she did play apart to she road of poverty, but her part was very small, just mistakes, silly mistakes.
this book is very good, i recomend it.
on 18 December 2014
Florence Ballad book is the best book i have read about her so far ,i enjoyed reading this book .
Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard goes into ballad`s childhood her fight with racism ,her many brothers and sisters and her fight to get her group into the big time.
where this book shines is the legal and her legal fight with motown for the money she was cheated out of and her sad tragic decline into poverty.this book is little on the short side with only 178 pages the rest of the book is court documents and album list of ballad`s career.
Very short but informative book worth buying if you are interested in this tragic story....