Beyond the public glitz, outrageous costumes, and well-known exploits with ex-husband and long-time musical partner Ike Turner, the songstress born Anna Mae Bullock has lived an extraordinary life. This revealing, detailed biography not only gives the full story of Turner's dazzling five-decade professional career, but also thoroughly explores her turbulent personal affairs. From her modest beginnings as a back-up singer for Ike and their debut single, "A Fool in Love," to her successful 1980s comeback and the conferring of her "rock goddess" status during the last decasde of the twentieth century, Tina Turner is the authoritative portrait of the flamboyant superstar with the unmistakable voice.
For more than twenty-five years, Yolana has used her remarkable gifts to give hope, guide the careers of celebrities and politicians, connect loved ones who have passed on, solve medical mysteries, and even crack some of New York’s most high-profile criminal cases. Here she finally reveals the facts behind those illuminating readings, divulges the truths of her experiences with ghosts and the beyond, and most importantly, inspires readers everywhere to trust in themselves and in their own intuitive and spiritual powers.
Whitney Houston! traces the life of this American icon. Here is her childhood in Newark, New Jersey, growing up in a family with a strong musical legacy. Her mother, Cissy, sang professionally with such stars as Aretha Franklin. Her cousin was Dionne Warwick. Share the joy as Whitney signs with Arista Records and the legendary Clive Davis and becomes an international star. Here superstar biographer Mark Bego offers a unique look at her family and immense talent, the secrets behind her years of erratic behavior, the truth about her tumultuous marriage to bad boy Bobby Brown, her mother’s desperate attempt to control her, her dynamic final film role in Sparkle (which will be released posthumously), and the events that led up to her tragic death.
Whitney Houston! will stand as a singular tribute to, and a revealing look at, one of the great superstars of our time.
This New York Times bestselling author’s detailed research includes in-person interviews with record producers Jerry Wexler, Clyde Otis, and Clive Davis, Aretha’s first husband, several of her singing star contemporaries, and a rare one-on-one session with Aretha herself. Every album, every accolade, and every heart-breaking personal drama is examined with clarity and neutrality, allowing Franklin’s colorful story to unfold on its own. With two teenage pregnancies and an abusive first marriage, drinking problems, battles with her weight, the murder of her father, and tabloid wars, Aretha’s life has been a roller coaster. This freshly updated and expanded biography will give readers a clear understanding of what made Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul.”
Including revealing information from exclusive new interviews, rare TV interviews, and several inside sources-Joni's friends, rivals and contemporaries-this book will fully examine this beloved performer from every angle, public and private. Mark Bego will also recount his own 1990s personal interview with the elusive Joni Mitchell herself. The book will include an examination of:
·Joni's sudden role as a mother, in her 50's, as her daughter Kileen successfully finds her after over 30 years
·The truth about her rumored love affairs with Crosby, Stills, Nash AND Young
·Her relationships with James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Judy Collins, and Georgia O'Keefe
·Joni's rich catalog of music, and her place in rock & roll history
In these pages, Randy Jones, the original cowboy in the band, takes us inside the time period, the discos, and the new musical style that was in many ways unprecedented in giving a voice to a previously closeted gay culture. Assisted by Mark Bego, one of the most popular and prolific pop culture authors working today, Jones shows how the fast-lane rise, fall, and rebirth of this novel band paralleled activities across the last 40 years within the gay culture and gay rights movement. The work concludes with a gayography -- a listing of openly gay musicians and performers in the United States before and since The Village People - along with a discography and filmography. This work will interest pop culture and music enthusiasts, in addition to scholars in gay studies.