Soulful Divas: Personal Portraits of over a Dozen Divas, from Nina Simone, Aretha Fanklin and Diana Ross to Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker and Natalie Cole

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In The Soulful Divas, David Nathan profiles the greatest female rhythm and blues vocalists of the past three decades as never before. He celebrates these outstanding artists in fascinating, unsanitized, behind-the-scenes portraits. All of the profiles are based on the author's long-standing, personal relationships with the women featured, and are an outgrowth of both his in-person interview sessions and informal chats. The result is an entertaining, candid look at the ups and downs of each performer's career, as ...
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Overview

In The Soulful Divas, David Nathan profiles the greatest female rhythm and blues vocalists of the past three decades as never before. He celebrates these outstanding artists in fascinating, unsanitized, behind-the-scenes portraits. All of the profiles are based on the author's long-standing, personal relationships with the women featured, and are an outgrowth of both his in-person interview sessions and informal chats. The result is an entertaining, candid look at the ups and downs of each performer's career, as well as how these African-American women have wielded power in a basically white, male-dominated industry.
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...[A] valuable history of soul ficionados.
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From Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone to Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson, journalist presents profiles of 17 female rhythm `n' blues and soul stars. The work includes both personal and professional details of the artists' lives and careers and recounts the author's own experiences with the singers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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...[A] valuable history of soul ficionados.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823084258
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
Ch. 1 Dionne Warwick: Black Pearl 14
Ch. 2 Nina Simone: The High Priestess 42
Ch. 3 Aretha Franklin: Her Majesty the Queen 66
Ch. 4 Esther Phillips: Better Beware! 98
Ch. 5 Doris Troy: Just One Look...It's Mama Soul! 120
Ch. 6 Diana Ross: The Boss..."Just Call Me Diana!" 144
Ch. 7 Gladys Knight: The Real Nitty-Gritty 168
Ch. 8 Chaka Khan: A Woman, A Backbone...Through the Fire 192
Ch. 9 Patti Labelle: Go Sister, Soul Sister! 222
Ch. 10 Millie Jackson: Ms. Jackson if you Please and **** if you Don't 246
Ch. 11 Natalie Cole: A Soul Recovered 272
Ch. 12 Phyllis Hyman: Old Friend 292
Ch. 13 Roberta Flack: Quiet Fire 316
Ch. 14 Anita Baker: Good Love, Sweet Love 342
Ch. 15 Whitney, Janet, and Toni: The Young Divas 368
Index 398
Recommended Listening List 400
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