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Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend Paperback – May 16, 2017
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indeed, but these was her own private affair. Her fans truly embraced her anyway. The book follow along the lines of her life and
career closely and succeeds remarkably in this respect. There are funny parts and quite a few sad moments thru out the book.
Much is learned behind the scenes, it gives you an ideal what she was going thru.
This chronicle of self-loathing is not terribly well written. It's just okay in that regard. The author fails to make links that are fairly obvious. And she doesn’t really call individuals to task for their deplorable behavior or even ask why these things happened. It’s really just a chronicle without any significance drawn out of it.
The question isn’t: why didn’t somebody do anything to stop this? No one could have done a thing except Dusty Springfield. The question is: why would anyone agree to such a life. Perhaps it all came down to mental illness and nothing else. But the author barely touches on that. There is no attempt to understand Dusty Springfield in the context of that place or that era, or even how this woman viewed the world and her place in it.
Dusty was not kind to herself, and in turn, was probably not very kind to the world around her. I have no idea after reading this book whether or not she had any respect for anything at all. I have no idea what, if anything, she valued.
It’s hard to imagine what being gay was like for someone who grew up Irish Catholic in post-war England. The book really doesn’t touch on that. Dusty Springfield lived as though coming out as a homosexual and taking the flak for it in an intolerant society was far worse to her than frying her brain with drink and drugs, destroying her talent, and putting herself at the mercy of some very bad people.
This book really doesn’t make an attempt to ask why. The fact that coming out would have been career suicide isn’t enough. For all practical purposes she seems to have been “out” as a lesbian. It probably wouldn’t have taken a genius to make the most fleeting observation of her life and figure that out. But she never owned it. And she paid with far more than her career.
This story is horrible and gut wrenching—and so very sad. Honestly, after reading it, I don’t have any idea how Dusty Springfield should be remembered. But I still have this inchoate sort of feeling that she should be. I just can’t really put my finger on why.
A warning: After I got about three quarters of the way through this book, I can no longer listen to Dusty Springfield’s music. It’ll be awhile before I can hear that incredible voice without cringing.
This book also would have been far more profitable to the author and publisher had it been given away for free and ads for antidepressants sold to appear on every other page. But, given that it’s not free, it’s a terrific gift idea for anyone you may know who plans to live in the closet with a case of vodka and a box of razorblades. Just open the door, toss this book inside with a flashlight—and stand back. Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend should launch anyone with the least shred of reason and self-preservation out of the closet like a cannonball.
We finally see lovely personal photos, provided by the "secret"
Sue Cameron (forget about "faye harris"),
This is a beautiful, honest and moving tribute by
a an inspirational young author.
Factually, I did one double take that also compromised the veracity of the book. The author maintains that Son of a Preacher Man was not a major hit in the US. Um, really?