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From former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance, with the music of the ’80s, ’90s, and today as his soundtrack Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy son in the sporty family. At his all-boys high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity—you know, almost.
May 1969. As a sixteen-year-old, Gail Renard joined John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their week-long bed-in for peace in a hotel in Montreal, Canada. She looked after Yoko’s five-year-old daughter, helped to find tambourines and joined in the first recording of "Give Peace a Chance" with Timothy Leary, the Smothers Brothers and various other celebs. John looked after her – sending her home every night to her mother who had spoken to him on the phone and insisted that there were to be no drugs or sex while her daughter was around.
This passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last fifty years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society. In a fast-paced narrative, Nelson George s book chronicles the rise and fall of race music and its transformation into the R&B that eventually dominated the airwaves only to find itself diluted and submerged as crossover music."
Honest and open, Daring to Dream will be the first detailed insight into Sam s life and how she was inspired to apply for the X Factor and thrust herself into the world of show business. In this fantastic book Sam will reveal all about what has brought her to this stage in her life and what she hopes for the future. She will talk about her background, her childhood ambitions and experiences, and what made singing so important to her; she will also reveal how she went from working a cruise ship to becoming a prison officer an unconventional combination! A Leicester City FC fan, Sam is a relaxed and down-to-earth woman with an amazing singing voice and the courage to follow her dream.
Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar.Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970s, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen’s heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; her love for playing drums and her frustrated quest for solo stardom; and the ups and downs of her treatment for anorexia nervosa.
This work details the formation of the Walker Brothers in the 1960s only for the group to split at the height of their fame, allowing Scott Walker to launch himself as a solo artist.
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