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Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend [Format Kindle]

Karen Bartlett

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Dusty Springfield was one of the biggest and brightest musical stars of the twentieth century. From the launch of her solo career in 1963, she exuded beauty and glamour with a distinctively unique voice that propelled her into the charts time and again. Never shy of the spotlight, Dusty was deported from apartheid South Africa in 1964 for refusing to play to segregated audiences, and broke the mould as the first female entertainer to admit she was bisexual. Streets ahead of her time, with an unrivalled musical ear, she was heavily influenced by Motown and was the first British artist to appreciate its impact, successfully introducing her contemporaries Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder to audiences through her TV shows. Not just a fad of the Swinging Sixties, Dusty’s musical legacy as one of the greatest British singers of all time has endured, her distinctive style now influencing a new generation of artists including Amy Winehouse and Adele. Using brand-new material, meticulous research and frank interviews with childhood friends, lovers, employees and confidants of the star, Karen Bartlett reveals sensational new details about Dusty’s childhood, her relationships, her addictions and her lifelong struggle to come to terms with her sexuality. An intimate portrait of an immensely complicated and talented woman, this is the definitive biography of Dusty Springfield.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 We Still Have To Say We Love You, Dusty! 10 juillet 2014
Par Sylviastel - Publié sur
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I can't believe it has been fifteen years since Dusty Springfield OBE has died of cancer at her English home. This biography is the definitive version of the singing legend's life.

Dusty never reached 60 years old nor did she want too. Dusty was a complicated woman. Her childhood was far from ideal. As she became famous, she hid her sexual orientation or tried too from the world.

This biography covers her love affairs with Norma Tanega, Sue Cameron, and others. Dusty was a tormented soul with her demons like alcoholism and drug addiction. She was tempestuous and self destructive while she could be vulnerable, childlike, loving, and generous.

When Dusty was good, she was brilliant onstage and offstage. When Dusty was bad, she was impossible and difficult to work with in the studios.

I knew Dusty from her duet with the Pet Shop Boys. When she died, I bought and listened to her CDs. I fell in love with her vocal range and music. Dusty had a style and range still unique to this day.

There is still talk of a biographical film but I don't want somebody to play Dusty. This book has answered a lot of my questions. The book is objective and fair but her brother's voice is missing from it.

If there was one more accolade, Dusty should be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording post-humously. It can still happen but I don't have $30,000 to sponsor her. If I could, I would in a heartbeat. If Dusty had lived today, she would have been awarded Damehood. Just call her, Dame Dusty or Dame Mary O'Brien. I still miss her voice and her sound.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Karen Bartlett manages to write dull portrait of a thrilling artist 21 juillet 2014
Par Hallauthor - Publié sur
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While fairly thorough in establishing a timeline of the life of this remarkable singer, Karen Bartlett manages to write dull portrait of a thrilling artist. The lows of her life are written in the same rhythm as the highs, and the author fails to capture any real drama because her sentence structure and descriptions are bland in the extreme. It is disturbing that the author, who clearly put tons of time into the project, managed to write 300 plus pages without capturing the essence of Ms. Springfield's art.

Factually, I did one double take that also compromised the veracity of the book. The author maintains that Son of a Preacher Man was not a major hit in the US. Um, really?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 There are funny parts and quite a few sad moments thru out ... 18 septembre 2014
Par james l pritt - Publié sur
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I cannot expound on the accuracy and authorization of this bio, as that is outside of my expertise. Dusty Springfield had an outstanding voice and genius for music. Sadly she did have her problems, and you can't run from the truth. She led a troubled life
indeed, but these was her own private affair. Her fans truly embraced her anyway. The book follow along the lines of her life and
career closely and succeeds remarkably in this respect. There are funny parts and quite a few sad moments thru out the book.
Much is learned behind the scenes, it gives you an ideal what she was going thru.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 How should we remember Dusty? 5 novembre 2014
Par RB - Publié sur
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For some reason we are still intrigued by this beautiful, intelligent and capable woman who believed she was none of those things and punished herself severely for it.

This chronicle of self-loathing is not terribly well written. It's just okay in that regard. The author fails to make links that are fairly obvious. And she doesn’t really call individuals to task for their deplorable behavior or even ask why these things happened. It’s really just a chronicle without any significance drawn out of it.

The question isn’t: why didn’t somebody do anything to stop this? No one could have done a thing except Dusty Springfield. The question is: why would anyone agree to such a life. Perhaps it all came down to mental illness and nothing else. But the author barely touches on that. There is no attempt to understand Dusty Springfield in the context of that place or that era, or even how this woman viewed the world and her place in it.

Dusty was not kind to herself, and in turn, was probably not very kind to the world around her. I have no idea after reading this book whether or not she had any respect for anything at all. I have no idea what, if anything, she valued.

It’s hard to imagine what being gay was like for someone who grew up Irish Catholic in post-war England. The book really doesn’t touch on that. Dusty Springfield lived as though coming out as a homosexual and taking the flak for it in an intolerant society was far worse to her than frying her brain with drink and drugs, destroying her talent, and putting herself at the mercy of some very bad people.

This book really doesn’t make an attempt to ask why. The fact that coming out would have been career suicide isn’t enough. For all practical purposes she seems to have been “out” as a lesbian. It probably wouldn’t have taken a genius to make the most fleeting observation of her life and figure that out. But she never owned it. And she paid with far more than her career.

This story is horrible and gut wrenching—and so very sad. Honestly, after reading it, I don’t have any idea how Dusty Springfield should be remembered. But I still have this inchoate sort of feeling that she should be. I just can’t really put my finger on why.

A warning: After I got about three quarters of the way through this book, I can no longer listen to Dusty Springfield’s music. It’ll be awhile before I can hear that incredible voice without cringing.

This book also would have been far more profitable to the author and publisher had it been given away for free and ads for antidepressants sold to appear on every other page. But, given that it’s not free, it’s a terrific gift idea for anyone you may know who plans to live in the closet with a case of vodka and a box of razorblades. Just open the door, toss this book inside with a flashlight—and stand back. Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend should launch anyone with the least shred of reason and self-preservation out of the closet like a cannonball.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I kind of loved this book 12 août 2014
Par L. Agee - Publié sur
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I kind of loved this book. The vocal pyrotechnics and melismatic bulls*** of the current day women singers pales in comparison to the voice of this beloved British treasure. The substandard writing puts a human spin on a complex woman; the most soul-stirring singer ever to grace the planet.
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