Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

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The definitive account of Whitney Houston’s astonishing life, ground-breaking career, and tragic death — complete with never-before-seen photographs — from the only one who truly knows the story behind the headlines: her mother, Cissy Houston.

Cissy has said little publicly about Whitney’s heart-breaking death. Now, for the first time, she opens up and shares the unbelievable story of her daughter’s life, as well as her own, and addresses ...

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Overview

The definitive account of Whitney Houston’s astonishing life, ground-breaking career, and tragic death — complete with never-before-seen photographs — from the only one who truly knows the story behind the headlines: her mother, Cissy Houston.

Cissy has said little publicly about Whitney’s heart-breaking death. Now, for the first time, she opens up and shares the unbelievable story of her daughter’s life, as well as her own, and addresses Whitney’s brightest and darkest moments.

A legendary Grammy Award–winning gospel singer in her own right, Cissy Houston shows how the lessons from her own musical journey helped to shape Whitney’s career — from teaching Whitney to use her voice, to keeping her level-headed throughout her meteoric rise to fame.

With candor and respect, she sets the record straight about Whitney, exploring both her turbulent marriage and her misunderstood struggles with drug abuse. Cissy goes behind the tabloid headlines to show fans around the world the true, human side of a strong, successful — yet flawed — musical icon who died much too young.

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Fans worldwide identified with the artistry of Whitney Houston and mourned her death, but none of them can claim the access or intimacy shared by "Cissy" Houston. Until now, the singer's mother has not written or spoken about the full story of her daughter's life, rise to fame, drug abuse, and tragic demise. Thus, her Remembering Whitney becomes both an Emmy winning-performer's heartfelt memoir about a beloved, world-famous daughter and a unique eyewitness view of an icon in rapid decline. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Library Journal
Whitney Houston may have belonged to the world, but “Nippy” belonged to her mother. Grammy Award?winning gospel singer Houston, with coauthor Dickey (Happy Accidents), writes of the joy of discovering and nurturing her daughter’s talents and the sorrow and anger accompanying her premature death. Starting with her own fascinating career, Houston discusses how she revolutionized the background singing industry working with Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, and others. Her life changed with Nippy’s birth, and when 12-year-old Whitney decided she wants to sing professionally, Houston helped guide her daughter’s career, which included modeling and acting. Houston talks about her efforts to warn her daughter of the dangers of the music industry and to keep her grounded, especially in faith, but this fiercely protective mother could only do so much. Whitney’s career is celebrated, and her close relationship with her family is on display, both in text and in accompanying photos.

Verdict Whitney Houston was a megastar and fans will appreciate this honest, dignified, yet emotional account of her life from her mother. Those looking for lurid details, especially about Whitney’s relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, will be disappointed by her mother’s high-road approach. With photos, an index, and a discography for mother and daughter, this book is highly recommended.—Terry Bosky, Madison, WI
(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Library Journal
Houston promises to discuss forthrightly the high points and low dives in her daughter's personal and professional lives while reminding us that when Whitney died, "the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable woman." With a one-day laydown on January 29; a 125,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
A talented, flawed artist, seen through the eyes of a loving, forgiving mother. Considering what her daughter put her through, most readers will be impressed by Cissy's patience and unconditional loyalty. Cissy, a well-respected yet underappreciated vocalist herself, relates Whitney's highest highs and lowest lows with honesty, but not much in the way of introspection or insight. The narrative proceeds in a this-happened-then-this-happened-then-this-happened fashion, readable and breezy but lacking depth. Cissy all but glosses over her own impressive career, which is unfortunate, since she recorded as a background vocalist for Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Gregg Allman, David Bowie, Diana Ross and many others. Still, there is plenty of material that Houston devotee's will find fascinating: Young Whitney's (aka Nippy) childhood thrall with music and her speedy ascension up the music-industry ladder; the insider view of the behind-the-scenes machinations that helped Whitney get to and remain at the top of the charts; and Whitney's true feelings about fame. Many readers will pick up the book hoping to learn the real deal about her tumultuous, toxic relationship with fellow singer Bobby Brown and her descent into substance-abuse–based madness. While Cissy details how she bent over backward to save her daughter, she offers precious little information about what happened in the Houston/Brown household. However, that sort of salacious material would be out of place in this mostly affectionate remembrance of an iconic singer whose whole story will likely never be told. Fans of the Houston ladies will laugh, cry and beg for more. The rest of us will shrug and move on.
Boston Globe
Disarming… In the emotionally tangled “Remembering Whitney,” the elder Houston - still clearly working out her grief - is a fiercely protective mama bear to the memory of her damaged cub, but she also refuses to lionize her. She paints a picture of her daughter’s life… that is both triumphant and anguished.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062238399
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 297
  • Sales rank: 237,991
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cissy Houston is a Grammy Award–winning soul and gospel singer and the mother of the late superstar Whitney Houston. She gained fame as part of the Drinkards, a family gospel group, and revolutionized the "Background Industry" as the founder and leader of the Sweet Inspirations, a well-respected vocal group who provided background vocals for such artists as Luther Vandross, Wishbone Ash, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, and Elvis Presley. She later enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. Cissy grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she raised her family and still lives in the area.

Lisa Dickey has been a freelance ghostwriter and book doctor since 1997. She has helped write and/or edit fourteen published nonfiction books, including six New York Times bestsellers.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Night the Music Stopped 3

Chapter 2 A Child of Newark 10

Chapter 3 The Gospel Truth 31

Chapter 4 Sweet Inspirations 51

Chapter 5 Life on Dodd Street 73

Chapter 6 Training the Voice 96

Chapter 7 Separation 110

Part 2

Chapter 8 Enter Clive Davis 127

Chapter 9 Fame 142

Chapter 10 Welcome Home Heroes 161

Chapter 11 The Bodyguard … and Bobby Brown 180

Chapter 12 "I Never Asked for this Madness" 195

Chapter 13 "I Know Him So Well" 213

Chapter 14 A Very Bad Year 232

Part 3

Chapter 15 Atlanta 253

Chapter 16 The Intervention 266

Chapter 17 The Comeback 279

Chapter 18 "I Look to You" 294

Chapter 19 Bringing My Daughter Home 308

Epilogue 318

Acknowledgments 325

Selected Cissy Houston Discography 335

Selected Whitney Houston Discography 340

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

    Thank you Cissy for sharing YOUR personal memories ( the good ti

    Thank you Cissy for sharing YOUR personal memories ( the good times, the bad, and the ugly). Your book has made me have an even greater respect for you and your daughter. God Bless

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Wonderful!

    I've always loved and respected Whitney, even when it seemed like most of the world forgot how wonderful she was! After reading this I feel like I knew her personally and love her even more than ever! Knowing that she is with our heavenly father should bring your heart such peace. Praying for your family daily! Thank you for sharing your baby girl with the world.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

    I loved this book.  It made me laugh, it made me cry and, most o

    I loved this book.  It made me laugh, it made me cry and, most of all, it made me appreciate 'Nippy'.  It is a heartwarming story written with love and honesty.  

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Candid, poignant and an excellent read! Before 'understanding N

    Candid, poignant and an excellent read! Before 'understanding Nippy' I saw Whitney as the world viewed her. Reading her mothers book has made me feel better about WHs life. Not personally knowing her, I often felt very grieved in my spirit over her death and I felt such turmoil. I now feel better about how she live, that a lot of her life was happy and that she is surely resting in peace.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Disappointed thought this book was about Whitney not her moms Cissy'S LIFE

    I am a huge Witney Huston fan and was looking forward to reading a story about her. Too bad it was all about her mom. The first 50+pages was about Cissy. The name of the book is deceiving. I wanted to read about Witney not her Mom's career.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Loved this book. Cissy told her story from the Heart of a mother

    Loved this book. Cissy told her story from the Heart of a mother. She keep it real telling the good times and the hard times. At the end of the day whatever the world thinks about Whitney after reading this book we sure know one thing that Whitney loved the Lord. God Bless the Houston family.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    WHAT A Tribute!

    MOTHER Houston, May God Bless and strengthen you! I am in awe of your strength and thank you for sharing your story! I know people whi have met your daughter and she was a wonderful human being who shared her gift and love for the Lord!

    KJM

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Gh

    Is this a biography

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    This was one of the most depressing books i have ever read.. cis

    This was one of the most depressing books i have ever read.. cissy spoke too much about herself. she also left out a lot of information that the public was aware of.. i do understand that parents don't always know what or how their children are doing but she was in complete denial until she went to Atlanta and saw the eyes on the wall.. She was a mother that lead with an iron hand and that is perfectly fine but it seemed as if none of children were happy under her roof and when left to find their own piece of happiness, they found it in drugs!.. apparenlty whitney was on drugs before she met bobby but seems as if cissy wants to blame him even though she mentioned whitney was grown and made her own decisions.. entering into the entertainment industry at such a young age apparently is rough on any child but whitney never belonged to whitney. she seemed to never have a moment or place to call her own.. i do admire cissy for writing about such a privat subject and it may have been theraputic for her but to me it was just depressing..

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Amazing book

    Cant tell you much the book is amazing and a great tell all i cant tell you alot but all i am saying is READ the BOOK it is perfect !!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Although the book does explain Cissy's views of her daughter, it

    Although the book does explain Cissy's views of her daughter, it leaves so much unsaid and explained. I think most telling is Cissy's distance to the drug use of her children. Let's be honest a mother who sees all three of her children become addicts should have shown more concern. It is obvious that Cissy was a distant mother to her children. I can only imagine the depth of Mrs. Houston's pain at the loss of her child and only daughter, but her revelations seem self-centered and for some reason masked. It seems that once fame and fortune hit, Cissy was at a loss for words regarding her daughter's obvious pain and excalating drug use, but the only thing Cissy can admit to is she "did not understand." She didn't not know. She did not want to say anything negative in fear of pushing Whitney further away. My question is why say anything now? This book coupled with the Oprah interview leaves more questions than answers but it brings to light the sad frustration of so called Christian living. It is okay to come between a man and his wife and child, shack up with that man and have two children BEFORE marriage as Cissy did with John Houston. On the other hand the thought that her daughter may have been gay or bisexual is unacceptable. Cissy was in an industry known for drug use and the loss of great performers to addiction, but Cissy claims to be in the dark about drugs. How? Cissy lost a niece DeeDee Warwick to herion addiction. This book comes off as an attempt to excuse and explain a mother's distance from her own children as well as an attempt to turn the tide of the negative impact of Whitney's death and last 20-years of her life on the icon's legacy. To sum up the book; Cissy Houston knew nothing about her daughter's pain, longings, hurts, depth of addictions, marriage, friends, rumored lesbian lover (other than she didn't like her for some strange reason), where "Nippy" was in the house at any given time. What Cissy does claim to know is that she taught Whitney Houston everything. Except of course, how to leave bad relationships, be true to herself, and survive drug-free.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

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    Pretty good book. Straight to the point

    Pretty good book. Straight to the point

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    The book is well written and is a great story from the Mothers p

    The book is well written and is a great story from the Mothers point of view. We look into the lives of the Houstons and can understand more about Nippy and perhaps why she did some of the things she did. We learned about some of her insecurities...because lets fact it; we all have them. Very Good Read. Will probably read it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    I was surprised how much hof the book was about Cissy and not Wh

    I was surprised how much hof the book was about Cissy and not Whitney. She didn't really even know what was going on in Whitney's life until it was extremely evident Whitney had a drug problem. I also didn't like how Cissy listed all of her own music at the end of the book, it seemed like this was promotional for Cissy more than Whitney.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    DON'T BUY IT

    This why you don't do drugs. Bad book

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Excellent read!!!

    Hats off to Ms. Houston for giving us some insight as to who NIPPPY was. I very much enjoyed reading and I will admit that I even shed a tear...or two...or three. A must read for all Whitney fans. Much respect to Ms. Cissy Houston.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    Amazing! Thank you Miss Cissy for helping us fans understand jus

    Amazing! Thank you Miss Cissy for helping us fans understand just how sweet Whitney was!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    Cissy, thank you for sharing such intimate moments of Whitney wi

    Cissy, thank you for sharing such intimate moments of Whitney with the world. I am still so saddened by her death and can only imagine how it has affected you and your family. I feel like I have a piece of Nippy in my life now. This book will sit on my mantle along w/ my family photos.

    Thank you again, Cissy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    :(

    Whitney is dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shocker

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Thank you Ciss

    Thank you for clearing up a few things about Whitney's tragic ending. I was a big fan of Whitney through the good and the bad. She was human and got caught up like some do. I understand her love for singing and music and how the pressures got to her. At one point, the world did not understand seemed she dealt with it in her own way. Thanks for sharing your side of the story! I know she wasn't a bad person. In fact, she changed the whole game so be very proud and tx for sharing her with us.

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