The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter bares her heart and soul in this intimate memoir, a story of music, stardom, love, family, heritage, and resilience.
She inspired songs - Leon Russell wrote "A Song for You" and "Delta Lady" for her; Stephen Stills wrote "Cherokee". She cowrote songs - "Superstar" and the piano coda to "Layla", uncredited. She sang backup for Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Stills before finding fame as a solo artist with such hits as "We're All Alone" and "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher".
Following her story from Lafayette, Tennessee, to becoming one of the most sought-after rock vocalists in LA in the 1970s, Delta Lady chronicles Rita Coolidge's fascinating journey throughout the '60s-'70s pop/rock universe. A muse to some of the 20th century's most influential rock musicians, she broke hearts and broke up bands. Her relationship with drummer Jim Gordon took a violent turn during the legendary 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour; David Crosby maintained that her triangle with Stills and Graham Nash was the last straw for the group. Her volatile six-year marriage to Kris Kristofferson yielded two Grammys, a daughter, and one of the baby boom generation's epic love stories. Throughout it all, her strength, resilience, and inner and outer beauty - along with her strong sense of heritage and devotion to her family - helped her to not only survive but thrive.
Cowritten with best-selling author Michael Walker, Delta Lady is a rich, deeply personal memoir that offers a front-row seat to an iconic era and illuminates the life of an artist whose career has helped shape modern American culture.
©2016 Rita Coolidge (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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So happy Rita Coolidge has come out with her story. Perfect to listen to,with her voice reminding me of all the great music she was a part of. This is a must read for anyone who loved music in the 1960-70's. Thank you Rita.
"Good for Fans"
I think you will enjoy this story if you are fans of Rita and Kris and CS&N. Touches the heart. And, who knew that she went to Florida State!
"Not well produced at all"
There is no hint of music in it. She even claims to have created the key riff in Layla, and she doesn't even hum it. The Carly Simon book, for instance, gives hints of her songs. There is nothing here. The producers really let this woman down. And she let herself down, too.
PEOPLE WHO CAN STAND DROONING.
THERE WAS NO * INSITE/INSIDER STUFF
NOT A PROPER NARRATOR
WE GET YOU IDENTIFY AS AN INDIAN (TRUE OR NOT), BUT ALSO RELATED TO *MARY QUEEN OF SCOTTS*??????.....CMON.
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