Pop legend Ronnie Spector reveals the story of her dreamlike rise from the streets of Harlem to the pinnacle of rock stardom as lead singer of the Ronettes, and her nightmarish descent into madness as the wife of Phil Spector, the pop hitmaker who kept her a virtual prisoner behind the locked doors of his darkened Beverly Hills mansion. Ronnie's escape from that ordeal, and her subsequent struggle to regain her voice, her career, and her sanity, provide an emotional climax to this smart, funny, and inspiring autobiography, named by Rolling Stone as one of "The Top 25 Rock Memoirs of All Time."
Now available in this newly redesigned deluxe softcover edition, Be My Baby is a fan's dream come true. Featuring 75 stunning black and white and color photographs from Ronnie's personal collection-many appearing in print for the first time-this fully indexed volume also includes a thoroughly updated discography with the most complete survey of Ronnie's recording career ever published.
Ronnie Spector became an icon at the age of 19, when she rose to fame as lead singer of the Ronettes, the influential girl group responsible for a string of hits that included "Baby I Love You," "Walking in the Rain," and "Be My Baby," which Brian Wilson has called "the greatest record ever." The embodiment of the heart, soul and passion of rock and roll, Ronnie Spector was inducted, with the Ronettes, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007.
Critical Praise for Be My Baby:
"A lively, illuminating read... Spector's portrait of the energy of the early Sixties music scene is fascinating."
"An entertaining, gossipy, whirlwind ride through the 1960s..."
-Wendy Leigh, London Sunday Times
"Entertaining, often disturbing... well told and... quite moving. Be My Baby... marks the passage of Ronnie Spector from victim to survivor."
-Alan Light, Rolling Stone
"Funny and observant, consistently engaging... sprinkled with deadpan humor..."
-Mike Boehm, The Los Angeles Times
"Despite all the hard times, Ronnie comes across here as a survivor, and the book maintains a surprisingly jaunty tone." -Ilene Cooper, Booklist
"An enthralling and moving Dante-esque descent through the rock 'n' roll inferno. One of the three greatest rock 'n' roll memoirs."
-Jon Wilde, Blitz (London)
"Ronnie went through some tough times, but the important thing is she survived and she's still around to tell the tale. And that's what she does in this book. It's an amazing story. And one of a kind. Just like Ronnie."
-- From the Foreword byCher
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For many people in their 40¿s and 50¿s, like me, The Ronettes were, and still are, the best girl group ever. Some consider ¿Be My Baby¿ the best 45 of all time, but ¿Walking In The Rain¿ is still my favorite. Ronnie Spector has shared an amazing, fascinating, and touching story. This tape is, unfortunately, abridged and the book is out of print. Ronnie Spector is a far better singer than a reader. What you get here, however, is the person who lived this story, reading it. Reading the tragic and emotional parts, you can hear her voice crack, and you know there are tears running down her face. If read by a professional reader or actor, this emotion would be lost. The tradeoff is well worth it. To write this book and then read it herself, seems rather courageous. You won¿t soon forget this story, or the tears in her voice. Ronnie Spector is a whole lot more than eyeliner and big hair.
Ronnie's story is one of the most waited-for by music-biz aficionados and show-biz acholars alike, and is told strikingly well, with immense attention to detail, and with riveting and emotional narrative in the chronicle of a painful odyssey. And to top it all off, in the coda of the book's reissue, Mrs. Spector, in her overview of Phil's recent murder charge makes a plea for his innocence! Who knows...maybe they'll even reunite one day....haven't stranger things happened?
As a fan of the Ronettes AND all the girl-groups of the 1960's, this book was a must-read for me. Ronnie Spector would have achieved tremendous success had it not been for that lunatic she was married to. He may have been a genious with music, but his personal life bordered on madness. Ronnie should have been a much bigger star back then, but her husband Phil conspired to put a stop to that. Probably because he was jealous of her talent. That's okay though, because she has now achieved 'legendary' status and has received the recognition that alluded her for so long. This book is a tremendous look at the inner workings of show business and how Ronnie really did survive! A GREAT BOOK! Charles Gregory Blythe, California