Rage to Survive

Rage to Survive

The Etta James Story

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
One of America's finest R&B singers shares her own turbulent life, in an anecdotal memoir that recalls her rise from poverty to the heights of musical fame and her struggle with addiction, obesity, loss, and broken love affairs. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Here is the intimate - and shockingly candid - story of one of the great women of American music. Considered among the finest soul singers of the rock-'n'-roll era, Etta James tells her mesmerizing tale in a voice uniquely her own - big, bold, and unrepentant. Without a trace of self-pity, the singer describes her chaotic childhood; gospel prodigy at age six, raucous rhythm-and-blues star at sixteen, she exudes a spirit of defiance and daring that has her breaking musical boundaries even as her life falls into disarray.
Along with uncensored war stories of early R & B and full-blown portraits of legends like Sam Cooke and Little Richard, Etta James paints a landscape that extends from Watts to Harlem, from South Side Chicago through the badlands of Texas. Her wild world is peopled with an all-star roster of musical geniuses, notorious pimps, and famed record executives. A former heroin addict, she is candid in detailing her dependency on high-priced drugs and wrong-headed men. Her insider's narration of the Golden Age of Soul, when her "Tell Mama" topped the charts, is unsparing.

Baker
& Taylor

The noted rhythm and blues singer shares her own turbulent life, in an anecdotal memoir that recalls her rise from poverty to the heights of musical fame and her struggle with addiction, obesity, loss, and broken love affairs

Publisher: New York : Villard Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9780679423287
0679423281
Branch Call Number: 920 JAMES, E.
Characteristics: xvi, 271 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ritz, David

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Aug 05, 2015

This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The story of her life should be made into a television movie series. It is unbelievable that she lived as long as she did with that amount of drug use and dangerous situations she put herself in. It is RAW to the core, Etta tells everything including what other well known musicians in the industry were doing at the time meaning drug use, sexual activities, criminal schemes and just about anything else. You Name It, It's in this book. If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes in the music industry, this is an eye-opener. Not only that, if you want to understand the thinking of a person who willing decides to stay on a road that leads to no good, this book is very educational because you get to see life from their viewpoint. The only downside of this book is all of the information about every song and how it came about and who worked on it..it got to the point where it was just WAY TOO MUCH so I ended up skipping those sections. Otherwise, Good Read and Great Book! Thanks Etta..May You Rest in Peace...

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