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by Bettye LaVette

Acclaimed R&B singer Bettye LaVette celebrates her storied career in show business with her stunning memoir, A Woman Like Me, and her new album, Thankful N' Thoughtful. As a teenager in Detroit, Bettye LaVette had a hit single with “My Man—He’s a Lovin’ Man.” By the time she was twenty, she had faded back into obscurity and was barely surviving in New York City. For the next forty years, despite being associated with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown, she remained relatively unknown outside a circle of devoted fans. Every time it seemed that her dream of stepping into the spotlight was finally coming true, bad luck smashed her hopes, again and again. Then, after a lifetime of singing in clubs and lounges, her unforgettable televised performances at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors and at President Obama’s pre-Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009 won her the recognition she had sought for her entire life.Bettye LaVette’s career has been a one-of-a-kind roller-coaster ride through the world of music; it has taken her from the peaks to the pits and back. In this unflinchingly honest memoir, she boldly recounts her freewheeling childhood—her parents ran an illegal liquor business out of their living room, which was frequented by some of the top acts of the forties and fifties—her short-lived conquest of the R&B world in the 1960s, her decline into poverty and despair, and her recent comeback and career revival, with two Grammy-nominated CDs and numerous appearances on major television talk shows. Poignant, brazen, and fearless, A Woman Like Me is a tour de force from one of the most outspoken female performers singing today—and she’s a force to be reckoned with.
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ISBN: 039915938X
ISBN13: 978-0399159381
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Bettye LaVette
Language: English
Publisher: Blue Rider Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2012)
Pages: 272 pages
ePUB size: 1439 kb
FB2 size: 1781 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 448
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....that is what I did. I made the mistake of starting this book, late last night - and literally could NOT put it down. I never thought I would find a book that was more fire than Raymona Gordy Singleton's, or more candid than Bobby Womack's....but mannn...I FOUND one. This one. All I can say - for those who are considering this book - GET IT, and buckle UP!! This book is a awesome ride of brushes with fame, missed opportunities, and at last, vindication....with some MAJOR dime dropping thoughout. I loved every minute of this book, and I thank Ms. Lavette for gifting us with her story, no holds barred.
It took me Bettye's 2018 album Things have changed for me to dig deeper and learn more about this most authentic soul singer, simply honest and straightforward. I loved Bettye 's version of Joy by Lucinda Williams and it kind of just stayed with that, I have since built my Betty e Lavette catalog to include both past and present. I recommend this book, period, light one up, grab a cup of whatever and accompany Betty e on her journey.
This was a good, fast read. I'd read and heard alot about Bettye LaVette, but regretably I am not yet familiar with her music. You can be sure after reading her story, I will make it my business to listen to her music. I am still flabbergasted that so many big name people in the music business made her so many promises and never actually came through. There are(and were)so many people with less talent that made it to the top. I am glad that after so many years that Bettye's career has taken off and she has found happiness at last. A must read for anyone who loves music.
This book took you on her trip from the first line. I really did love it as it brought back so many memories for me of the 50's and 60's. Great writing, took you everywhere and the fun in those crazy days with the best music, oh it was all wonderful to me.

Makes it even better when you just happen to know some of the artists she is talking about and playing with.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes music and was enjoying those years. I will probably read it again,

Thankyou for listening

Marlyn Gibson
Betty's story was an interesting detailed her long journey of coping with a troublesome life while waiting for her star to shine. Because she was SO gifted as a singer, the wait became awfully painful and devastating...finally, she managed to realize her life's goal...she is now blessed with the recognition, success and happiness that she had been denied earlier.

What I did find to be especially entertaining was the candid statements (and encounters) that she often shared about all of the famous people she befriended and crossed-paths with. Betty's account about many well-known people in the music business was so
painful at times...these adversities did not seem to deter her spirit and dream to keep striving.

Even though her life was often troubled and mixed with considerable disappointments and complexities, Betty was brutally honest about her experiences...the best and the worst ones. I'm glad that she didn't know some of my friends...or me. However, I am a believer of the old saying "all is well that ends well." Fortunately for her, she has finally realized many of those life goals and achievements...presently, she is a very successful, sought-after singer.
As much as I adore Bettye and her music, this memoir wasn't as incisive as I'd hoped. Goes on and on about why it took so long for her to hit it big, but many other topics in her life are alluded to very obliquely. I wish it had been more revealing, which is what i expect from a memoir.
What a life she has led! Well written and truly an insight I had not appreciated.
Purchase as a gift for my MaMa. She love it.