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She's not in Kansas anymore! Melissa Etheridge, the gutsy Midwest girl who grew up to be the heartland's gift to rock & roll (and a major gay spokeswoman) tells all in her memoir, The Truth Is.... With a little help from Laura Morton, the bestselling collaborator of Marilu Henner and Joan Lunden, Etheridge sets the record straight about her life on and off the stage, her coming-out drama, and the stories behind her songs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Personal news from a hot rock guitarist.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375760261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375760266
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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118 of 125 people found the following review helpful By S. Stinson VINE VOICE on July 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"The Truth Is..." a new autobiography by rock-and-roll singer, Melissa Etheridge, is a rare, poignant look into the life of someone who has actually lived the words they sing. Delving into extremely personal, and sometimes painful, topics that most would choose to pretend never happened, Melissa charges ahead and lays bare her soul. Sharing written entries from her personal diary as a child, one gets a glimpse of an extremely sad child, desperately in need of love and nurturance, neither of which she received. Later entries take the form of songwriting, and still the sadness lingers.
This written journey into her soul shows the path Melissa has taken over the past 40 years in her career, loves and relationships, births of her two children, and eventual happiness with the person she has become.
Melissa takes us back to her roots in Leavenworth, Kansas, circa 1961, and her birth into an extremely dysfunctional family that never shared their emotions. Born on her older sister's birthday, that event seemed to set-off a deep-set resentment in Jennifer, culminating in manipulation, physical, and sexual abuse that lasted for many years. As do many victims of sexual abuse, Melissa escaped into a fantasy world that gave her comfort -- the world of movies, food, and later, music. For two hours in the make-believe world of Hollywood, she could escape the reality of her life, and find safety in her dreams for the future.
In 1964, she heard the Beatles for the very first time, and from that moment on, music became her saving grace. With music in her life, Melissa found a sanctuary, and would daily recreate songs with the neighborhood kids, always in the lead guitarist role of their make-believe band.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Denise Bentley on September 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Melissa Etheridge has always been one to pour her love and sadness out in the raw, pulsing drive of her music, or the crystalline acoustics that so clearly define the despondency she felt as her life unraveled. In this book she explains the emotions behind the lyrics, as she climbs to the top, becoming one of the most respected female artists on the music scene today. The book also covers the life she spent with her partner Julie Cypher and their two children.
The many photos delighted me, both professional and candid home shots, interspersed among the chapters. She tells how together, with the help of long time friend David Crosby, she and Julie were able to create an alternative family. Unfortunately things have fallen apart, but Melissa and Julie have back-to-back homes so the children can have some semblance of unity in their lives, even though their mothers have parted. I was touched by her words on page 208, when she talks about the dismantling of their home and life, after their break-up. A hot water tank in the attic broke, and the water just poured down from the ceilings. She writes: "We were moving and our house was crying."
I have to admit it was an odd read, and not like any other book I have ever read but it was interesting and Melissa's honesty was enjoyable. I have to give her credit for following her heart and being strong enough to deal with the repercussions as the world looks on. The best in love and life to you Melissa, you are an incredible individual. Kelsana 9/14/01
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book and couldn't put it down. This book touched me inside. Our childhood's paralleled each others. I found myself shaking my head in understanding as I read. I grew up also in a family devoid of feelings. It amazes me that she and I are the same age and yet followed two different paths. I loved her drive as she was not going to let anything stop her. She knew what she wanted and she was bound and determined to get it. At times I found myself envying Melissa's journey into self. Wishing I had had the same fortitude she had. She is a strong independent womyn. Recently I went to my first lesbian meeting. I sat in that parking lot, frozen...not able to move. Then I remembered something I had just read in Melissa's book. She wrote that when she went to Los Angeles. She knew no one, she would go to the lesbian bars alone. I used her strength to find my own. I went to that meeting and no longer felt alone. Her story affected me and that is what a good book does.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I start out by saying that I have been a Melissa Etheridge fan for some time. This book, while informative as to where the songs come from, leaves me at a loss for something. Her music and lyrics are powerful and you see where that power eminates from. But the book also seemed vindictive, not just to former lovers, but everyone in her life. I also thought the book was sketchy at times, vague in areas where establishing a background would have helped better understand her personal feelings towards those around her. I also struggle with the fact that she decided to have children while her relationship, never minding whether hetero or homosexual, was on very rocky ground. But hey, that seems to be todays world. Definately a read for a fan, but maybe the book could have used more truth and reflection and less tabloid reporting of promiscuity.
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