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Not very accurate...and defintely not "authorized".
, October 24, 2001
This review is from: Dancing with Demons: The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield (Hardcover)
This so called "authorized" biography reads more like the musings of 2 friends and not as a serious biography of this woman, perhaps the greatest female pop vocalist of the 20th century.
First of all, to this day it is unclear who exactly "authorized" this biography. Records show that Springfield left nothing in her will to indicate that Wickham and Valentine were in any way legally authorized to write it.
Secondly, those who knew Dusty best, including her long time friend and back up singer Simon Bell (who was with her during her final moments) and her faithful lighting designer, Fred Perry, have argued the merits of this book and have pointed out several mistakes and inconsistencies. (Perry listed over 10 pages worth of mistakes with corrections in a recent issue of the fanzine, "Dusty Springfield Bulletin" put out by Paul Howes in England.)
But you don't have to be a member of Springfield's intimate circle or even a longtime fan to spot the many glaring errors. Several songs are credited to the wrong albums and several pictures have the wrong captions. Events and names are created that never happened or existed and dates are all mixed up.
This is shoddy work and no serious fan of Springfield's would be able to recommend it as anything more than just the vague recollections of 2 friends of the great singer.
Perhaps the biggest diservice the book pays to Springfield is that it focuses on her personal life (which was certainly ripe for tabloid fodder) and misses out on accurately and seriously cataloguing her extensive contributions to the world of pop music as both a producer and performer.
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