You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore

You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore

by Trevor Tolliver


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ISBN-13: 9781495024412
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 209
Sales rank: 1,317,567
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Stormsurger More than 1 year ago
I've been a Lesley Gore fan since 1963. I mean fan club, purchased every available release from It's My Party to Pull Your Pants Up and was glad to see this finally happening. If you're a fan this book is not for you. It's mostly a rehash of decades old interviews by other writers, analysis of the song lyrics and an overall lack of appreciation for Lesley's hits and her fans. While he did interview Lesley's mother it's just poorly focused. I wanted to know about her life from day one to the end. There are dozens of good stories I've heard over the years about her hit years and those are all missing. Tolliver wasn't born until 1970 so he has no clue what life was like when she hit in 1963. There are several factual errors in the prologue that made me worry. By the time I finished I was totally deflated. He would have you believing she hated the hits and she started the feminist movement with You Don't Own Me which, according to Lesley, was never about any cause when that was recorded and released. That all came many years later. Her life didn't revolve around her sexuality but Tolliver made it seem so. Frankly, the fact she was a lesbian never mattered to me as a fan. I saw her (and worked with her) many times over the years and he completely missed the essence of her life. My advice, don't waste your money. Lesley was working on an autobiography at the time of her death. I'd love to see that completed by someone who knows how to write a biography that captures the spirit of the subject. Until then, keep waiting. This isn't the book you want.