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Behind The Rainbow: The Tragic Life of Eva Cassidy Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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Johan Bakker is a music and arts freelance journalist. He has also published plays, short stories and song lyrics. He lives in Rotterdam.
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It is an interesting read and one about a perfectionist who did not complete all her work resulting in songs on albums that are not complete and she probably would not have wanted made public. As the author says, no one can say the work is not good enough if it is unfinished. She may have been a handfull to deal with, she had her own way of doing things and this probably held her back from fame while she was alive.
I learned a lot about Eva Cassidy and probably more about the squabbles after she died. I also learned to check any moles on my body too as 33 was too young an age to die. There is a lesson here about melanoma and not ignoring things.
The author goes into detail with her albums and what the songs are about, maybe a little too much, including the only song she had a hand in writing (Somewhere).
It seems like getting information from a private family was not easy however the end result is a book where I came away knowing more than I started and it caused me to delve into Eva Cassidy albums that I didn't know about and appreciated her unique place in musical history more than before. In 2005 she was the fifth best selling artist of all time on Amazon. Behind only The Beatles, U2, Norah Jones and Diana Krall. I remember the first time I heard her music was a Saturday morning while driving and listening to community radio. The presenter played Over The Rainbow and I had to stop the car before I ran out of reception. She was that good.