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Delta Lady : A Memoir
by Rita Coolidge and Michael Walker


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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 co-wrote 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 twentieth 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. Co-written 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."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062372048
  • ISBN-10: 0062372041
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publish Date: April 2016
  • Page Count: 240


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Composers & Musicians - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

In the golden years of pop-rock music of the 1960s and ’70s, there were very few singers like the Grammy-winning Coolidge, whose memoir reads like a polite, lyrical confessional. She exhibits a deep understanding of human nature as she writes candidly of her loving family, especially her older singing sister, Priscilla, in the Jim Crow state of Tennessee. Upon graduating from Florida State in 1967, she moved to Memphis with Priscilla, who was starting her singing career in a racially mixed music scene with “a more driving Southern feel tinged with jazz and traditional R&B.” The Klan burned a cross on their lawn following Priscilla’s interracial marriage, and the 1968 killing of Martin Luther King Jr. shattered the Memphis scene; Coolidge fled to California. Once in L.A., she plunged into the music business, singing backup for Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Stephen Stills and striking gold with such hits as “We’re All Alone” and “Higher and Higher.” Coolidge’s backstage stories of her sessions with Clapton and Cocker, the drug-fueled orgies of the infamous Mad Dog and Englishmen tour, and her romances with Graham Nash and Kris Kristofferson are authentic and intimate. Agent: Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Literary. (Apr.)

 
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