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Dusty Springfield Paperback – March 10, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0330393430 ISBN-10: 033039343X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books Ltd; 2nd edition (March 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033039343X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330393430
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By markus king on June 29, 2010
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Originally published in the UK in 1988 (revised, updated and reissued after Dusty's death in 1999), Lucy O'Brien's DUSTY is one of, if not THE first biography about the late music icon. It also stands as perhaps the most definitive.

Several other books have been published since. Some are worthy reads, but not necessarily a traditional bio (fans looking to dig deeper on a more academic level will enjoy QUEEN OF THE POSTMODS by Annie Randall), while others have been exploitive trash (David Bret's new bio being the latest- I haven't read it yet, but there are factual errors ON THE BACK COVER, not to mention his books are usually sensationalistic, derivative garbage). The most notorious of the latter is the 2000 book DANCING WITH DEMONS. Allegedly "authorised", in this book Dusty is reduced to an uncaring/unbalanced/insecure/lesbian/alcoholic/neurotic/drug-addicted mess, fast and loose with chronology and details, lacking in research (with a noticeable void of interviews with almost ANY of Dusty's contemporaries or collaborators in the music field) with only token print given to why Dusty Springfield was (and is) so revered in the first place. (And this was authored by two "friends"!)

O'Brien's book is MUCH more balanced. She has done her homework, with extensive interviews, thorough coverage of events in both Dusty's life and her career. A BRAND NEW ME, one of Dusty's watershed recording moments (working with Philly giants Gamble & Huff and Thom Bell), is basically given the brushoff in DANCING WITH DEMONS, but gets adequate recognition here. This is true in several instances- O'Brien has worked to create a cohesive portrait, not only of the woman, but also of her noteworthy accomplishments.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael V. Rivas on August 19, 2009
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Great book for the collector....much is learned "behind the scenes"....glad I bought this book. - Mike R.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela Kugust on January 31, 2013
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It was very informative, without going into detail of her downfall in the 70's, it still gave an idea what she was going thru.
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