The Judds: A Biography

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Wynonna Judd has a smile like Elvis Presley’s, a voice comparable to Patsy Cline’s, and a vocal style that’s (almost) all her own. Onstage, she shares the music and the limelight with her Kentucky-born mother Naomi. Together, the Judds have become the hottest country-western duo singing today. They’ve brought country back to its roots with a rockabilly beat and helped bring Nashville renewed success as a music capital.
   Author Bob Millard traces the colorful ...
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Overview

Wynonna Judd has a smile like Elvis Presley’s, a voice comparable to Patsy Cline’s, and a vocal style that’s (almost) all her own. Onstage, she shares the music and the limelight with her Kentucky-born mother Naomi. Together, the Judds have become the hottest country-western duo singing today. They’ve brought country back to its roots with a rockabilly beat and helped bring Nashville renewed success as a music capital.
   Author Bob Millard traces the colorful lives of mother and daughter, from Naomi’s tragic loss of her brother in childhood, to her escape into early marriage, through the “U-Haul years” when Wynonna and her sister Ashley were toted through countless cities in search of their mother’s dream. Theirs is a wild, inspiring story of love and devotion, fights, reconciliations, and bald ambition. But most of all, it’s a story of finding harmonies—in music and in the women themselves.

Millard presents a fascinating, honest, and in-depth look at Naomi and Wynonna Judd--country music's most beloved mother and daughter duo--which tells of their early years of struggle, their seven-year musical career, and the heart-rending tragedy which forced Naomi to retire. Exclusive update on Naomi's illness and the pair's phenomenal farewell tour. 8 pages of photographs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Judds first hit the top 20 of Billboard magazine's country music charts in 1984, and their career does not yet have the requisite depth and richness for a biography. Although lean and not comprehensive, this is, nonetheless, an unauthorized, intriguing peek at the mother-daughter singing duo. Millard (Amy Grant), Nashville correspondent for Variety, commences with the birth of Naomi (nee Diana Ellen Judd) in 1946 and chronicles her family tragedies and troubles: the suicide of her grandfather who ``bought heaven with a pull of the trigger''; the slow death from cancer of her brother Brian; Naomi's pregnancy followed by elopement with Mike Ciminella at 17; the sundering of her marriage at age 26; the restless years when Naomi hauled her two daughters, Christina (later to become her partner Wynonna Judd) and Ashley, back and forth across the country; and her estrangement from her mother Polly. But the book only begins to sing when Wynonna's turn to music at age 11 sparks her mother's raw, brashly innocent ambition. The account of the mother-daughters relationship (Naomi's obsession with Wynonna and her painful exclusion of Ashley) will make readers yearn for a more thorough discussion of the intertwining personalities of the three women. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385244411
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,371,913
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Millard is a former Nashville correspondent for Variety. He is the author of Amy Grant and a contributor to the Country Music Book.
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