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Diana Ross: Going Back Hardcover – December 6, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (December 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789307979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789307972
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Ross invites fans to tag along on her non-chronological photo journey through four decades of self-love. This 8" 11.5" coffee-table book (edited by Roseanne Shelnutt) offers more than 200 photographs of the diva, who supplies almost as many words. The main lure here is page after page of stunning photos from such master craftsmen as Herb Ritts, Harry Langdon, Richard Avedon, George Hurrell, Greg Gorman, Francesco Scavullo, Douglas Kirkland and Marc Baptiste. Ross's periodic comments alternately strive for introspection ("I am a very private person living a very public life"), display false-modesty ("My kids say, `Mom... you were hot!' That really tickles me"), offer philosophies ("I don't borrow trouble. I have fun!") and faux self-revelations ("I must say, I LOVE BIG HAIR-always have"). Her blather seldom distracts from the glorious still photographs of the seemingly ageless former Supreme. The occasional "narrative" by Tonya Bolden starts off by summing up Ross's first 20 years in one paragraph; her three other appearances do little but fan the flame of devotion to La Ross. The book ends with a very selective chronology of her career and a more complete discography. Longtime fans will find the photos Diana-mite.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Rosanne Shelnutt is a longtime associate of Diana Ross.

Customer Reviews

This is an excellent book featuring the first boss, Ms. Diana Ross.
James Thompson
Full of new, rare and even unpublished photos, Going Back is a wonderful reflection into the life of Diana Ross!
D. Slaughter
Her die-hard fans and anyone appreciative of style, fashion and beauty will love this book.
K. Lau

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Todd J. Brandt on November 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Once again, in their zeal to demonize Diana Ross, critics of this book have missed the point. If one READS the foreword and text, this book is NOT a career retrospective, per se. It is an exploration of Diana Ross as a FASHION ICON. This is why the book is separated by FASHION PHOTOGRAPHERS, and not done in a chronological manner.
Also, the majority of photos were culled from Ross' own personal collection and her Image Equity firm, which controls any photographic image of her post-1981. The early Supremes photos are, by and large, from the Motown archives--and since Diana Ross is no longer with that label, one could reasonably expect that she would not be looking for any favors from them.
In any event, the images presented here make a fair case for the argument that Diana Ross, had she not become a superstar entertainer, could very well have become a fashion model. Her lithe frame, expressive eyes and distinctively different "look" make her the ideal photographic subject. As legendary costumier Bob Mackie puts it in his charming foreword: "I always wondered where goddesses came from. I guess it must be Detroit."
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Before going any further I have to say that this is not a Supremes book and it was not intended to be. Going Back is a photographic journey of Diana Ross and her style. The images in the book are photographs that Diana Ross has the rights to (not Motown) and this is one of the reasons why the Supremes aren't featured and most of the picutres are post 80's. In addition, for fans that want Supreme images, wait for Mary Wilson's coffee table book...I am sure that those will contain Supreme images galore. Now on to the book.....
This remarkable book shows how versatile Diana Ross is in front of the camera. Beautiful photographs from the Josephine Baker sessions, Vouge and numerous other sessions. For the person who loves photography and especially fashion, this is a must have. I highly recommend this book to any fan of Diana Ross, the entertainer or the fashion icon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Don Turner on September 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Of all the divas, Diana's life is the one that fits into pictures best. The visual mechanics that make up Diana, the subject, are at once individual and cummulative. From the mouth, to the neck, to the arms, to the eyes (wow- those eyes), Diana's feaures are custom made. However, the embodiment of those creations is equally stunning. Takes your breath away and stops the heart. Between Diana's voice, eyes, mouth, style, drive, color and moves, she is extradordinary indeed.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Adrahtas on November 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this colection of photos tells the complete story of why Diana Ross wil always reign supreme amongst her legion of fans. Capturing her career from the 70's through the turn of the century, Diana gives us a coffee-table book of well-known poses and treats us to never-before-seen shots from photo shoots of some of the greatest fashion photographers of our time. This book details Miss Ross's remarkable, ever-evolving beauty and sense of style, and the underlying confidence that has served her well as a role model to her family, generations of women, and aspiring entertainers.
Goin Back is a 'must have' for every die hard Ross fan, perhaps especially now at a time when we do well to be reminded why it was we were so enraptured by her essence in the first place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By saint james on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
How befitting that a music and fashion icon such as the Supreme One have her own coffee table book. That is exactly what it is.

This photo journal though somewhat limited in its scope of her career is interesting to view and lucious in its photography. If you are a fan then its a must have. If you like fine quality coffee table books you should consider it. If you are looking for a photo journal of La Ross' career then you will be disappointed.

I made a very grateful and ardent fan of Diana Ross very pleased with a gift of my copy. It was worth the money. I replaced it soon after. It is worth the investment to see the Lady in so many poses and genres that differ from the typical way in which we often see her.

Worth the money (If your'e a fan).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Thorn on April 20, 2013
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Stunning photo collection that highlight a career of a legendary talent. Diana has always been a top fashion icon, the camera truly loves her!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harrold Jones on April 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Diana Ross is such a visual performer that a book of photographs spanning her career is a very natural collection for her to put together. With the exception of Cher, I've never seen a performer who can look so beautiful and so different seemingly at will. Each photo gives the photographer credit and it reads like a who's who with most of the great photo journalist's taking their turn at capturing a unique quality of Diana's timeless beauty. I never get tired of looking through this beautifully done coffee table pictorical memoir. As the title suggests, this book is all about Diana Ross and is scattered with antidote's and notes from Diana herself. If you're not a Diana Ross devotee then this book probably isn't going to do a thing for you and in that case you'd be better off sticking with her music.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Let me just say that I have been anticipating this book ever since word leaked out about its existence. For Diana Ross fans, this is the ultimate tour book. Wonderful photos (many never before seen) show the versatility that has placed Diana among the top icons of our time. The book does lose a few points because there are very few photos from before 1976, which totally ignores the Supremes years, an almost unforgiveable sin. There are also no onstage photos (except for Central Park) or shots of Diana with other celebrities. Not to mention very few family photos. A title such as GOING BACK would lead one to expect photos from Diana' entire life and career. However, this is not the case with this book. For the die-hards, it probably won't matter.
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