“Unusually frank and compelling.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
“DELTA LADY is so intimate, you feel you are in a room with Rita Coolidge as she confides her experiences as backup singer, songwriter, star — and muse to some of rock’s greatest talents. An extraordinary, moving, and insightful journey through the minefields of musical talent, ego and glamour.” (Sheila Weller, author of GIRLS LIKE US: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation)
“Lyrical…. Exhibits a deep understanding of human nature…. Authentic and intimate.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Surprisingly rich… in a manner that rarely seems gossipy and never salacious, the author presents her perspective on the sea changes that rock underwent in the early 1970s, an era in which she played a key role…. This illuminating autobiography exceeds expectations.” (Kirkus)
“It’s funny how one person’s memory can wake yours up, transporting you instantly to that particular time in your life. The life story of this beautiful, strong, elegant woman takes me back to a happier place in my past and I hope others get the same feeling reading Rita’s story, the story of a life well worth living.” (Graham Nash)
“The personal saga of a young woman who was driven to sing and the account of a time in which pop music itself was finding a new version of itself…. A positive, uplifting life story…. For Coolidge’s legion of fans, this is a must-read.” (Booklist)
From the Back Cover
She inspired songs—Leon Russell wrote “A Song for You” and “Delta Lady” for her; Stephen Stills wrote “Cherokee.” She co-wrote songs—“Superstar” and, uncredited, the piano coda to “Layla.” She sang backup for Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Stephen Stills before finding fame as a solo artist with such hits as “We’re All Alone” and “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher.”
A muse to some of the twentieth century’s most influential rock musicians, Rita Coolidge broke hearts and broke up bands. Her relationship with drummer Jim Gordon took a violent turn during Cocker’s legendary 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour; David Crosby maintained that her love triangle with Stills and Graham Nash was the last straw for the group; and her volatile six-year marriage to Kris Kristofferson yielded two Grammys, a daughter, and one of the baby boom generation’s epic love stories.
Through it all, her strength, resilience, and inner and outer beauty helped her to not only survive but also to thrive. Delta Lady offers a front-row seat to an iconic era and illuminates the life of an artist whose career has helped shape modern American culture.