Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life as a Fabulous Ronetteby Ronnie Spector, Vince Waldron
Pop legend Ronnie Spector reveals the story of her dreamlike rise from the streets of Harlem to the pinnacle of rock stardom as lead singer of the Ronettes, and her nightmarish descent into madness as the wife of Phil Spector, the pop hitmaker who kept her a virtual prisoner behind the locked doors of his darkened Beverly Hills mansion. Ronnie's escape from that… See more details below
Pop legend Ronnie Spector reveals the story of her dreamlike rise from the streets of Harlem to the pinnacle of rock stardom as lead singer of the Ronettes, and her nightmarish descent into madness as the wife of Phil Spector, the pop hitmaker who kept her a virtual prisoner behind the locked doors of his darkened Beverly Hills mansion. Ronnie's escape from that ordeal, and her subsequent struggle to regain her voice, her career, and her sanity, provide an emotional climax to this smart, funny, and inspiring autobiography, named by Rolling Stone as one of "The Top 25 Rock Memoirs of All Time."
Now available in this newly redesigned deluxe softcover edition, Be My Baby is a fan's dream come true. Featuring 75 stunning black and white and color photographs from Ronnie's personal collection-many appearing in print for the first time-this fully indexed volume also includes a thoroughly updated discography with the most complete survey of Ronnie's recording career ever published.
Ronnie Spector became an icon at the age of 19, when she rose to fame as lead singer of the Ronettes, the influential girl group responsible for a string of hits that included "Baby I Love You," "Walking in the Rain," and "Be My Baby," which Brian Wilson has called "the greatest record ever." The embodiment of the heart, soul and passion of rock and roll, Ronnie Spector was inducted, with the Ronettes, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007.
Critical Praise for Be My Baby:
"A lively, illuminating read... Spector's portrait of the energy of the early Sixties music scene is fascinating."
"An entertaining, gossipy, whirlwind ride through the 1960s..."
-Wendy Leigh, London Sunday Times
"Entertaining, often disturbing... well told and... quite moving. Be My Baby... marks the passage of Ronnie Spector from victim to survivor."
-Alan Light, Rolling Stone
"Funny and observant, consistently engaging... sprinkled with deadpan humor..."
-Mike Boehm, The Los Angeles Times
"Despite all the hard times, Ronnie comes across here as a survivor, and the book maintains a surprisingly jaunty tone." -Ilene Cooper, Booklist
"An enthralling and moving Dante-esque descent through the rock 'n' roll inferno. One of the three greatest rock 'n' roll memoirs."
-Jon Wilde, Blitz (London)
"Ronnie went through some tough times, but the important thing is she survived and she's still around to tell the tale. And that's what she does in this book. It's an amazing story. And one of a kind. Just like Ronnie."
-- From the Foreword byCher
- Crown Publishing Group
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