- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Not for Online edition (September 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476765073
- ISBN-13: 978-1476765075
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Grace] Jones reflects on a high flying life of celebrity exuberance...In her candid reflections, Jones writes about her lovers...her constant quest for new experiences and willingness to try new things, and the free-flowing social circles of fashionistas, artists, and musicians... [Her] recollections are a passionate reminder of the fabulous, decadent, and manic coupling of life and art." (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Performer, actress, and musician Grace Jones has been making a name for herself since she left Jamaica as a twelve-year-old in the 1960s. First finding fame as a fashion model in the early 1970s, then as a sensational disco queen during the Studio 54 years, she is as much surrealist as showgirl, as much performance artist as party animal. She has been Bond villain and Warhol confidante, post-modern icon and avant-garde pop star. I’ll Never Write My Memoirs is her first book.
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Several places through this book caught me by surprise and had me laughing, there's a bit of wit here and there that's a joy to read. There are some things you may not want to read, such as Grace's sulky reaction to Duran Duran winning an award over her filmed show, and then not being invited to the after awards party. Why would either of those matter, if she is truly as above-it-all and blase as her persona suggests? But that's part of the charm of this book which is Jones as she is, without worries over whether she will offend this reader or that celebrity. She learned an important lesson in signing autographs from Andy Warhol, and I think that's a good summary of the book with the life that one should live.
Most of us spend our whole lives trying not to offend anyone, to conform to not be noticed, and to finish our lives not having made any impact or mark at all. Read this memoir and discover that there is another way to view life, as a delight to surprise yourself and others. Grace Jones could have spent her life in a small village in Jamaica. She followed her bliss and the world is better for it.
Unfortunately, she spends a lot of time telling us this and it gets really tiresome.
I wanted to like this book because I have a lot of respect for her but honestly, I had to force myself to finish it.
She spends a lot of time telling the audience how she fought to stay true to herself and she wasn't going to allow herself to sacrifice her artistic integrity and so on. OK, I get that, I understood it the first ten times she said it. When she goes on about this for pages and pages over and over again the book becomes dull.
It's also hard to keep track of all the people mentioned. It probably could have been edited better.
Also, the copy of a contract at the end of the book specifying the amount and type of champagne that must be provided, the amount of sushi and sashimi to be served etc. before she will perform somewhere... I wasn't exactly expecting her to be a socialist but, come on. I suppose this is typical for stars.
There are parts of it that are interesting, especially about her childhood, but I found it hard to follow and keep interest.
I love Grace Jones as a performer and she has such a charming personality on camera but, sorry this was a let-down. Hope she doesn't read this. I just have to be honest here.
I gave it three stars because Grace Jones is still fabulous, no matter what.