- 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
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 252.655 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 29. Januar 2013
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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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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What I did not like: Cissy consistently describes herself as strong, tough and Whitney as... well, basically the opposite. I didn't think that was fair. In fact, if I were Whitney reading this from heaven, that would really piss me off. Cissy talked about how Whitney didn't really go through anything as a kid. Yes, she did. She was bullied - actually quite badly and often! Cissy talks about Whitney's brothers stepping in when a group of kids were gathered outside their home waiting to beat Whitney up - one of Whitney's brothers basically said - "Whitney will fight any one of you, but if you win, I will kick your ass." Cissy talks about these displays of family support as coddling, enabling behaviors that didn't help Whitney grow strong. I don't know if she thinks the family should've ignored what Whitney was going through. Any way you look at it, the insight she has into the past is minimal.
The truth is Cissy didn't know how to be there for Whitney emotionally and she didn't know what healthy family support looked like. Whitney learned when she was being bullied not to go to her mom with her problems. Cissy's own upbringing never included anyone asking her how she felt...about her mother's stroke, and then her death, her dad's remarriage...quite probably every other event in the Huston family. Her saving grace was God's intervention on her life.
Whitney did not need her mom to die at a young age like Cissy's did to learn strength. You don't need to be poor growing up or have a unlikeable stepmom to learn how to be strong. No, Whitney needed to be taught how to talk about her pain. she needed to be taught how to handle pain and work through tough circumstances. Whitney did not die because she was coddled or didn't experience enough tragedy to become strong. The sad outcome may have been the same for Whitney even if her family knew how to support her. But If anything - her early death came as a result of denial and avoidance patterns in the family system.
Sadly, one of the biggest stressors Whitney experienced right before leaving home was her parents' constant shouting matches. From Cissy's own words, Whitney was very distressed about their fighting and ultimately, her dad moving out. Cissy and John put their marital strife in full display, but Cissy makes it clear she never talked about what was going on with Whitney because her marriage was "her business." So you can yell and fight in front of her, but you can't have an adult conversation with her about the tension and pain going on in the home... because THAT is private?! This is where Whitney learned her destructive emotional habits! When I read Cissy saying Whitney never went through anything hard, I say Cissy never knew Whitney then. Whitney's life tells a very different story.
Cissy's love for her daughter was the love of a mother - the unconditional kind. But she didn't know how to be there for Whitney and she never figured it out.
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.
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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