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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (31. Juli 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0142180327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142180327
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,5 x 20,3 cm
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“From the jump, A Woman Like Me is riveting. Bettye LaVette's story grips you and, like her voice, doesn't let go.” —Paul Shaffer

“A dizzying, careening, nonstop roller coaster ride of an autobiography….An unflinching and uncompromising look at a life lived across the tracks from fame, where the brass ring was always within view but never within her grasp.” –Ben Edmonds, Detroit Free Press

“Bettye makes no apologies.” —Jon Bon Jovi

"Anyone who has ever heard Bettye LaVette's voice will recognize how absurd it is that she may have ever been unsung. This is her own story, in her own words. What else could you need to know?” —Elvis Costello

“Absolutely engrossing… a wild ride… [LaVette's] honesty is astonishing and if half of what she relates is true then her journey is no less painful than Billie Holiday’s or Bessie Smith’s…. Longtime residents of Harlem, Chicago, LA, and Detroit will relish those scenes so memorably evoked by LaVette as she recalls the clubs, incidents, and the gaggle of lovers and mentors…. A woman like Bettye LaVette is like no other.” —Herb Boyd, The Network Journal

“LaVette tells it like it is….[She] details the Detroit blues scene. There are beautiful cameo portraits of Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke and Little Esther Phillips along the way.” –Charles R. Cross, The Seattle Times

“Powerful.” –The Village Voice

“‘[LaVette] is a voice from the wilderness. How did we miss her for so long? A Woman Like Me goes some of the way to explain. Now she is here, an extraordinary discovery in a blues voice. We must hang on to her tightly.” —Pete Townshend

“The life story of this soul singer—a real survivor, now 66—is destined for the big screen…LaVette’s candid story is also a window into the early years of Motown and the Detroit music scene." –Billy Heller, New York Post

“Red hot.” –Steve Holsey, Michigan Chronicle

“LaVette’s autobiography reads like an R&B song only she could perform—soulful and honest….Her quest serves as one of the most authentic inside looks at the American music industry…LaVette’s tale is a treat.” –Publishers Weekly

“LaVette is a rhythm and blues survivor of the highest order, someone whose run of ‘buzzard luck’ as she calls it would have stomped down almost anyone else alive. To read her unrelenting story with every single nitty gritty detail included is to understand what long odds the music business has always been, and also see the high and low points in high-def detail like very few biographies have captured. LaVette is long past shame over some of her escapades, and lucky for us she and co-writer David Ritz capture the arduous journey dead-on, never pulling out the make-up and lip gloss to try and sugarcoat the truth.” –Bill Bentley, The Motion Report

“Besides being remarkably frank, A Woman Like Me is a very funny book, rife with one laugh after another.” –Lee Hildebrand, San Francisco Chronicle

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Bettye LaVette recorded her first song at sixteen. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Kevin Kiley, and their three cats, Otis, Smokey, and Jeremy. David Ritz has been described by the New York Times as "the first-call celebrity collaborator." He has worked with everyone from Ray Charles to Don Rickles.

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Ein Buch das sehr viele Einblicke in ihr Leben gewährt. Die schönen sowie auch die schmerzlichen Erfahrungen gibt sie unverblümt zu Papier. Ein sehr offenes und ehrliches Buch, dass auch dadurch interesant ist, weil Bettye durch ihre 40 Jahren im Musikgeschäft auch Geschichten der ganz Großen zu erzählen hat. Das Buch ist in Englisch, was für mich ein klarer Pluspunkt beim Kauf war.
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Couldn't put it down, not your typical musical bio... 8. Oktober 2012
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Being an avid music fan, I've read quite a few musical bio's in my day, some fascinating and some revealing but none had the drama and raw emotion I found in these pages. Bettye holds nothing back in this brutally honest story of a woman who's determination and strength just would not quit, even though it took her decades of hard work and unimaginable sacrifices to struggle to the top. Growing up on the tough streets of Detroit, she knew Diana Ross when everyone else knew her as Diane. David Ruffin slept in her home and she was no stranger to the likes of Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye yet success and that first album continued to elude her. I won't get into details but there's mob references, pimps, sex and just about anything else that would keep you turning the pages.
This is not your typical musical bio but a damn good book and one you'll be talking about long after you've turned the last page. The story might end there but Bettye sure doesn't. Check out any one of the many CD's she has out there! You've heard of Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin but Bettye's the best damn soul and blues singing lady that has ever drawn a breath and tragically, there are still a good many fans who haven't even heard her yet!
"Change is gonna come!"
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This Book made me love Bettye Lavette Even More! 18. Oktober 2012
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I just LOVE Bettye Lavette. I've seen her at least 7 times now and she always puts on a great, polished show that makes all the hairs on your arms and the back of your neck stand to attention, give everyone goosebumps the size of eggs. How could I love her any more?
This book does that impossible thing-makes me love Bettye even more. It is funny, salty, raw. Unlike most celebrity bios which skirt through the sex & drug crazed 1960s-1970s saying "I knew some people were doing that but not me, uh uh!" Bettye waves her own sordid past like a flag, wears it like a badge of honor. If you wondered where that exhilarating grit in her voice comes from, this is the life that gave it to her. "I've learned more from pimps that preachers" she says.
You may be too nice to read this unvarnished truth. I started last night, finished this morning before work. I'm just glad that I didn't wear my good panties!
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Not Always a Happy Story, but Always Honest 8. Mai 2013
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"A vicious pimp was precariously holding on to my right foot as he dangled me from the top of a twenty-story apartment building at Amsterdam and Seventy-eighth street," Bettye LaVette wrote.

That is just the opening sentence.

A Woman Like Me, by Bettye LaVette, is a raw, honest, often gritty autobiography about the life and career of one of America's most diverse singers. In her music, LaVette easily moves from R&B to rock to gospel. Even to country. Her albums, Scene of the Crime and The British Rock Songbook were both nominated for Grammys. It took her years to finally find sustainable success, and this book tells the entire story of how she found it.

A Woman Like Me is a clearly written, informal narrative about every phase of LaVette's life. From growing up in 1960's Detroit, (in a house that illegally sold alcohol), to her first hit single at 20 years old, to every step she took in the music business, to finally finding success and love today, LaVette pulls no punches as she explains what she's been through. It wasn't an easy life. Awful things happened here, but the story is an honest one.

"Independence was my goal," She writes. Which is ironic, because in the beginning she was anything but. Chasing men, sleeping with them, married or not, was life seemed to be for her. It was what she did to get money, it was what she did to get her voice heard. It didn't bother her that men slapped women around, it didn't bother her that she put up with it. It didn't bother her to go through so many boyfriends and lovers to chase her dream. She simply accepted it.

Yet, a recurring question throughout the first half of the journey was, "Why is my career going nowhere?" And every time I read something like that in the book, I just wanted to shake her by the shoulders and say, Bettye, what are you doing? You are going to wind up dead, not a singer!

Thankfully that isn't how things worked out. Eventually life, and the book, transitions from her "wild life to the respectable life." In her 60s now, she's finally getting the respect she craved and deserved. She's even found true love, finally, with her husband, Kevin Kiley. This book had me so on edge that I actually noticed myself exhaling in relief as she wrote about him.

There are so many quotes in the book that will stick with me, but me being the classic film fan that I am was surprised and happy to read this one near the end:

"My passion for old movies is stronger than ever. All I want to do is watch Bette Davis in Now, Voyager or Myrna Loy and William Powell in The Thin Man."

It made me smile. Projecting my own feelings about classic films, that statement made me feel like maybe she's finally found contentment. And after the life she's lived? That's a big relief.
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Disappointed 18. August 2013
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As much as I adore Bettye and her music, this memoir wasn't as incisive as I'd hoped. Goes on and on about why it took so long for her to hit it big, but many other topics in her life are alluded to very obliquely. I wish it had been more revealing, which is what i expect from a memoir.
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not a middle class life ! 15. Oktober 2012
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An excellent no holds barred bio of the life of a black woman growing up in Detroit in the Motown era. I never felt more like a skinny white middle class kid from Massachusetts. For me it was the unvarnished perspective of a black girl and a wild one too - growing up and pursuing her dreams of singing and amazingly - finally making it!
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