Rage To Survive

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One of the great women of American music, equally at home singing blues and jazz, Etta regales us with tales of her chaotic childhood, the stars she has known, and her troubled trip to stardom in this mesmerizing autobiography.

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Overview

One of the great women of American music, equally at home singing blues and jazz, Etta regales us with tales of her chaotic childhood, the stars she has known, and her troubled trip to stardom in this mesmerizing autobiography.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306812620
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 316,159
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ritz is the author of Faith in Time: The Life of Jimmy Scott, Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye, and many other books with or about Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and B.B. King. He is a three-time winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    great book

    provides great insight to the life of american music legend. syntax is very understandable and takes you on ride down musical memory lane. filled with high points in musical history and the tumultuous road of drug addiction. A great book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    A Must Read!

    I just finished reading this book. David Ritz has a way of bringing putting one's soul on pages. Her life is one of pure survival. She truly LIVED life to the fullest. What I love most about Etta is that she learned from her mistakes, but most importantly owned up to them. Her raw honesty is refreshing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    One of the best books

    This is one of the best book that I ever read. This book tells the entire story of one of the best artis that ever lived.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    A Powerful, Honest Tome

    To be honest, I did not konw Etta James' stoey until her death earlier this year. I was curious about this artist, so I decided to read this autobiography. Miss James was honest about her life and told it like it was. One of the more interesting biographies I've read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Shocking Tale

    When I ordered this book I had no idea what I was in for. To say I was shocked by Etta James' story is an understatement. Etta's story is a sad one and quite shocking. I had never heard these things about Etta's life before so I was quite surprised. It really opened my eyes to the entertainment industry. It's a shame. This book is a page turner. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Good read!

    I really enjoyed reading and getting to know the the real Etta James.
    Adversity really describes her life. I have to admit that I did skip parts of the book that involved naming all the different musicians mainly because I didn't always know them. Other than that, the book was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    RIP

    Rest in peace etta james

    There will never be another etta james
    Lord have mercy

    It does not matter who sang at last before or after etta
    It matteres how she sang it

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