From Publishers Weekly
Turner, who met the late Florence Ballard when he was 12, became a combination mascot and confidant to the Supremes and their entourage during the glory years of Motown. PW called this "a sometimes appealing, occasionally tedious story" unfortunately flawed by "gratuitously mean-spirited" Diana Ross bashing. Photos.
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From Library Journal
Befriended at age 12 by Supremes member Florence Ballard, Turner embarked on an odyssey that took him from his Harlem neighborhood into the jet-setting glamour world of one of the most popular black singing groups of all time. In colloquial, gossipy style, he relates numerous tales of his life as an unofficial aide-de-camp to the group, but especially to the talented but ill-starred Ballard. And a sad, depressing story it is. Turner's young eyes and ears took in all the bitter, behind-the-scenes machinations, especially those that brought about the end of Ballard's participation in the group, her plunge into poverty, and her untimely death. Motown mogul Berry Gordy, superstar Diana Ross, and third original member Mary Wilson are covered by anything but glory in this book which, despite a sometimes awkward writing style, will merit consideration by public libraries and comprehensive music collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, 6/1/90; see also Ben Fong-Torres and Dave Marsh's The Motown Album , reviewed in this issue, p. 90.--Ed.- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston
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