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Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 29. Januar 2013

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper (29. Januar 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062238396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062238399
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,8 x 22,9 cm
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Disarming… In the emotionally tangled “Remembering Whitney,” the elder Houston - still clearly working out her grief - is a fiercely protective mama bear to the memory of her damaged cub, but she also refuses to lionize her. She paints a picture of her daughter’s life… that is both triumphant and anguished. (Boston Globe)


Honest and heartbreaking, a mother's story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all—her daughter, Whitney

On the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards, the world learned of a stunning tragedy: Whitney Houston, unquestionably one of the most remarkable and powerful voices in all of music, had been silenced forever. Over the weeks and months that followed, family, friends, and fans alike tried to understand how such a magnificent talent and beautiful soul could have been taken so early and so unexpectedly. Glamorous and approachable, captivating and sweet, Whitney had long ago won the hearts of America, but in recent years her tumultuous personal life had grabbed as many headlines as her soaring vocal talents. Her sudden death left behind not only a legacy of brilliance, but also painful questions with no easy answers.

Now, for the first time, the beloved superstar's mother, Cissy Houston—a gospel legend in her own right—relates the full, astonishing scope of the pop icon's life and career. From Whitney's earliest days singing in the church choir to her rapid ascent to the pinnacles of music stardom, from her string of number one hits to her topping the Hollywood box office, Cissy recounts her daughter's journey to becoming one of the most popular and successful artists of all time. Setting the record straight, Cissy also speaks candidly about Whitney's struggles in the limelight, revealing the truth about her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, her public attempts to regain her celebrated voice, and the battle with drugs that ultimately proved too much.

In this poignant and tender tribute to her "Nippy," Cissy summons all her strength to reveal not only Whitney the superstar, but also Whitney as a sweet girl, a bright-eyed young woman, and a deeply caring mother. Complete with never-before-seen family photographs, Remembering Whitney is an intimate, heartfelt portrait of one of our most revered artists, from the woman who cherished her most.

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Wolfgang Sch. am 25. Februar 2013
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Tolles Buch. Cissy Houston erzählt auch vieles aus ihrer eigenen Karriere und Erfahrungen mit Musikgrößen wie Elvis Presley und Aretha Franklin. Sie erzählt von der Kindheit des späteren Superstars. Beinahe ärgerlich sind aber ihre naiven Ausführungen hinsichtlich der späten Wahrnehmungen von Whitneys Drogenproblemen und den vielen vertanenen Möglichkeiten das Leben der Ausnahmekünstlerin zu retten. Die Schilderungen von den einzelnen Karriereschriten verbunden mit vielen persönlichen Eindrücken machen das Buch zu einem interssanten Lesevergnügen. Jedenfalls weiterzuempfehlen!
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von diafi am 8. Mai 2013
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Ich habe mir von dieser Biographie mehr Informationen erwartet. Im ersten Teil handelt es sich vorwiegend um eine Autobiographie von Cissy Houston. Ab dem zweiten Teil geht es dann auch mehr um Whitney. Ich fand sehr bedrückend, dass Cissy immer wieder beteuert, von all den schlimmen Problemen und Drogenkonsum nichts gewusst zu haben, obwohl es doch bereits überall durch die Medien ging. Kann ich nicht nachvollziehen, wie man so seine Augen vor einem offensichtlichen Problem verschießen kann und sich nachher mit so einem Buch das Gewissen rein schreiben möchte... Fazit: keine wirklichen Neuigkeiten für Fans, reine Gewissenserleichterung von Cissy Houston.
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"The Story of "The Voice" By The One Person Who Could Tell It: Her Mother" 29. Januar 2013
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Nearly one year to the day of Whitney Houston's untimely death (she died February 11th, 2012) comes this beautiful autobiography written by Whitney's mother Cissy Houston. There have been numerous books put out in the last year about the singing legend, but none match the sheer insight, love and honesty that "Remembering Whitney" has.

Cissy details Whitney's upbringing in New Jersey being one of three children (she has two brothers), singing in her Chuch's Choir at 13 and knowing that Whiney possessed a special talent that few in the world have: she had a way of touching people with her incredible presence and that voice that would endear her to millions across the globe was evident even when she was a teenager.

Whitney had a tragic accident when she was a child nearly losing her voice when an object was rammed accidentally down her throat, almost destroying her vocal cords. Luckily, no damage was done.

Cissy writes about Whitney's modelling career, her appearance on "The Merv Griffin Show" that brought her to the attention of Arista head Clive Davis (who became Whitney's mentor) and her signing a recording contract that led her to popular fame.

The hits Whitney had during the eighties, the awards, the conerts and the acclaim are discussed with loving affection by a mother who was definitely proud of her daughter's accomplishments. However, by the late eighties when people like Jennifer Holiday publicly stated that Whitney started using cocaine Cissy writes that hse heard her daughter was "using" but didn't want to know about that lifestyle that Whitney was partaking in. Perhaps in her heart she was hoping against hope that the rumors were unfounded.

By the '90's Whitney became a superstar with "The Bodyguard" and her stirring rendition of the Dolly Parton classic "I Will Always Love You" where the song would stay at #1 in the U.S. for 14 consequetive weeks, bringing Whitney worldwide acclaim. However, Cissy states that all this was wonderful but what Whitney was most happy with was finally being a mother (after a series of miscarriages) she gave birth to her baby daughter Bobbi. It's evident in these pages Whitney was a brilliant mom, but there was trouble brewing behind the smile and the accolades.

Marrying rap singer Bobby Brown led Whitney to major problems in her life. Cissy doesn't rip him to shreds in the book (something she could have done) probably because he is her granddaughter's father, but she openly discusses that by the time "The Bodyguard" hit Whitney was showing signs of severe drug addiction and that "Bobby Brown didn't help matters". By the beginning of the 2000's it was evident to all the problems Whitney was having in her persoanl life with her cocaine addiction, the marital and physical problems she had with her husband, the downslide of her career (the hits stopped coming) and she was even fired from doing an appearance on the Academy Awards by Houston family friend Burt Bacarach because Whitney showed showed signs that she was not herself.

Eventually Cissy gave her daughter an ultimatum: get help or she was taking her granddaughter and raising her by herself. Around this time Whitney's father sued her for many millions of dollars only adding to the stress that was already in her life.

Then came that terrible day when the world discovered that Whitney had died in a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the Grammy's. No one on the earth was more grieved than Cissy. Being the trooper she was she was intent on giving her daughter a funeral that was worthy of her, even allowing the public access via cameras (the funeral was only suppose to be three hours long, but lasted nearly six) and with Whiney's family the world grieved because not only did we loose one of the greatest singers God ever created, but we lost such a beautiful person.

Cissy does not attack her daughter because of her shortcomings, but tries to get the reader to understand Whitney had a health problem that is the same as anything like like diabetes, HIV, depression, etc. Drug addiction is one of the hardest addictions to overcome and Cissy writes that her daughter did seek treatment at multiple times in her later life, but that addiction was one thing Whitney could not overcome: it ultimately was a component to her death.

A wonderful and sad story, "Remembering Whitney" is not a tell-all book about some celebrity: it is the story of a mother's love for her child through the ups and downs in her life told by the person who gave birth to her and who loved her more than anyone in the world.

Thank you Cissy for your magnificent book and for sharing your words with the world.
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Mixed Emotions 2. Februar 2013
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It is very difficult to write a review/critique a book on somethng so devastingly personal. Everyone writes their own story on their own way. There were parts of this book that broke my heart, listening to a mother wondering if she did everything right, if her daughter actually loved her, the shock and devastation of that loss, the unyeildig love for an estranged daughter etc., Although I loved parts of the book, I was a little taken aback by some things.

First, I didn't realize that a good portion of the book would be devoted to Cissy Houston's childhood life, singing career, courtship and marriage, travels etc., Not to say it wasn't on some level interesting but based on the title of the book, I didn't expect it or expect as much of it as seemd to be present in the book. For example, at the very end of the book, she includes a section called "Discography" which lists all the songs she, Cissy Houston recorded. In a seperate chapter, following immediately thereafter, were songs recorded by Whitney Houston. I just thought that was odd in a book the purpose of which, given the title, was about the relatioship between mother/daughter and the loss of that daughter.

Second, I was somewhat troubled by the way she dealt with the Robyn Crawford situation. There were really no specifics (maybe for legal reasons) on why she didn't like her and felt she was a bad influence other than to say she was gay. It left the impression that it was the reason she didn't like her and felt she was a bad influence even though she denied it. However, each time she referenced Ms. Crawford, it was for a good thing. Interestingly enough, Ms. Crawford was the ONLY person who told her that her daughter was having problems with drugs VERY early on as she was apparently one of few in a position to know. Ms. Crawford went with Mr. Houston to look at rehab facilities for Whitney Houston, which made Cissy Houston angry as she wasn't informed or included. No, I don't know Ms. Crawford but based on what she did as described in the book, those were good things, things that were designed to help her daughter.

I do agree with another reviewer that Mrs Houston does seem, at times, to come off very judgemental, self righteous and arrogant. Although it does detract from the book just a bit and is somewhat off putting, the book is still a good read.Enjoy.......

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I remember the first time I heard Whitney's amazing voice on TV, and it's one cherished memory I will never forget as I silenced my home, and turned up the volume. I have been following her footsteps from the young inspiring Whitney, to America's icon in the music industry. She was my favorite female vocalist of all time, and millions of people loved, and deeply respected her. The inspiration, the voice, and her powerful music, have marked an incredible and historical place in history. A gospel legend and mother of Whitney Houston,Sissy Houston, chronicles the life and career of Whitney Houston, which will indeed bring tears to your eyes as a reminder of her sudden death that shocked America. This heartfelt portrait portrays Whitney as the young sweet child, to Whitney who sang in the church choir, to one of the most successful artists of all time. Whitney Houston's remarkable and powerful voice won the hearts of America, She was admired by millions as she became a superstar with her #1 hits on the charts. Sissy Houston also tells about her daughter's struggles, her battle with drugs, Whitney's marriage, and Whitney as a caring and loving mother. Sissy highlights the fact that Whitney loved to sing, but never enjoyed the demands of the music business. This colorful, stunning portrait of Whitney Houston's life, told from a person who cherished her, tugs at the heart page-after-page. The story is captivating, includes beautiful family photos, and will make you think, long after this book is closed. The unexpected tragedy of Whitney Houston will never be forgotten, and her music will forever live on. One of my favorite movies was The Bodyguard, which I've watched countless times, just to listen to her amazing voice, and my favorite song will always be, 'I will Always Love You!' The memories of this wonderful superstar will find a place in the heart of America as the burning candle of Whitney Houston will always continue to light up the world. We miss you Whitney!A special thank you to Cissy Houston for reminding us of an incredible legacy to be forever cherished. Thank you to Lisa Dickey, and a special thank you to Dionne Warwick, a superstar from my era, for such a touching and intimate Foreword. This book was delivered today, and I could not wait for its arrival, nor could I put it down. 'Remembering Whitney' will be treasured as a keepsake of an icon who lit up the world! Highly recommended!
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A great read 1. Februar 2013
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This book got my attention because I am a self-confessed star watcher and I knew it would give me deeper insight into the life of Whitney Houston. I found myself falling in love with the author, however, and not so much her subject, her daughter, Whitney Houston.

Cissy Houston is strong. Cissy herself appears to have been a star in hiding and I believe that Whitney simply became the star that Cissy would have been if not for her Christian faith and a determination to stay with the church. Obviously this woman can sing! Why I give the book 4 stars, though, is because it was obvious that once her career took off, Whitney was not as close to her mother. Cisssy candidly admits that Whitney did not confide in her or discuss her personal issues with her. You can tell because Cissy is very vague when giving her account of Whitney's relationships, marriage and drug use seeming not to know much about anything that was going on with her and just giving the reader her "take" on the different media stories about her daughter without seeming to have been involved or being able to give a first-hand account of anything. This I found a bit disappointing, but at least she was honest.

The book is very very sad in some parts especially when she describes how she got the news of Whitney's death and how Michael broke down at the funeral home. I was boo-hoo crying over those parts.

I'm sure this book is very healing for Cissy Houston, however, and again it left me with a strong appreciation for her as a person and paticularly as a mother. You cannot help but feel her love for her daughter in this book.

I would love to see the other family members write books as they were also close to Whitney. Nevertheless, a recommended read.
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Wondeful story! 1. Februar 2013
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All I can say is "Wow!". A moving account of a mother's love for a child that grows up to be a superstar. Mrs. Houston makes no excuses for Whitney or herself but she tells the story based on how she experienced it. Poignant and honest, you can feel the emotion she experienced after learning of Whitney's death, and the way she describes the funeral brought tears to my eyes. I felt anger towards Whitney for not calling and visiting her mother more, but I also felt empathy for her struggles. I'm glad she put an end to the Bobby blame game and placed the responsiblity for Whitney squarely on Whitney's shoulders. Continue to be blessed, Mrs. Houston.
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