Rage To Survive

Rage To Survive

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by David Ritz, Etta James

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Here is the story of perhaps the finest soul singer of the rock era—Etta James.See more details below


Here is the story of perhaps the finest soul singer of the rock era—Etta James.

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Ray Charles
Etta tells it like it is. Couldn't put the thing down. Great book!
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Born to a 14-year-old mother and raised by surrogate parents, blues and R&B star James started singing gospel in church at five, was discovered at 14 and had a rapid rise to fame. Nevertheless, her story is a disturbing saga of drug addiction, jail sentences for writing bad checks and stealing prescription drugs, involvements with the wrong men and anger at a disruptive and unstable mother who has refused to reveal who her daughter's father is. It's easy to see why James says she has been ``raging through life.'' She claims it's the rage that keeps her going. Now, at the age of 56, she reports she has kicked the drug habit, reached an understanding with her mother and settled down with her husband and children, letting off steam by dirt biking. Ritz, who has written biographies of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, spent two years traveling with James and listening to her talk about her life. Here he captures the craziness and the pain.

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