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My Life, as I See It: An Autobiography Paperback – November 22, 2011
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Dionne Warwick has one of the true signature voices in all of music. As her voice has enchanted us for 50 years, so will her fascinating life story. -- DICK CLARK
“Thoughtful, classy, and unrepentant, Warwick has led acolorful life as a musical icon with numerous stories to tell and lots ofadvice for her admirers.”
—Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Dionne Warwick was born in East Orange, New Jersey, in 1940. Her reputation as hit maker has been firmly etched into the public consciousness, thanks to nearly sixty charted hits, many of which have become pop music classics. As a performer and five-time Grammy Award winner, Dionne has charmed and entertained audiences worldwide.
David Freeman Wooley is an adjunct professor at Wilmington University. He is the co-author of "Say A Little Prayer," nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He is also a veteran entrepreneur in the sports and entertainment fields. He lives in Delaware with his two daughters.
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I must say that her book does not disappoint! What a career! Reading her book makes me wonder if the era of 50 plus year careers in the entertainment field is a dying art form. (Not too many Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dolly Parton, Barry Manilow, etc. are on the horizon.) Sure, today we have Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and other "flavors of the minute", burning up the music charts, but do you really think that in 2060, they will be writing a career filled book about their adventures in the musical field of Entertainment? Only time will tell I suppose...
What I really enjoyed about this book is the warmth and honesty as told by Ms. Warwick. I found myself laughing out loud at times (I love what she says would happen if PETA ever decided to throw some "liquid" at her while she is wearing one of her furs!) and at other times feeling her sadness for losses of family members and entertainment friends (of which the musical field, especially R&B, has loss way too many way too soon... Luther Vandross, Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass, Michael Jackson, Dee Dee Warwick, Isaac Hayes, Gerald Levert, etc.).
It was nice reading thru her words about the music she recorded and the stories behind some of her biggest hits. She may not have cared for her 1993 CD "Friends Can Be Lovers" but it's one of my personal favorites! I was so excited to hear her sing "Fragile" from this CD the last time I saw her in concert in Dallas in 2009. That was the highlight of that concert for me.
To sum it up, you can't go wrong buying and reading this book if you are a fan or even not a fan of her music. Many life lessons can be learned from this book. Dionne Warwick epitomizes style, sophistication, longevity, sincerity & great vocals and I'm glad I got to know her even more courtesy of her autobiography.
Here's to the next 50 years Dionne. Thanks for sharing your many gifts!