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Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown's First Superstar Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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"In the end, Wells' story is the stuff of great art. Operas like "La Traviata" and "La Bohème" are centered on such characters; Edgar Allan Poe said that the death of a beautiful woman is the most poetical topic in the world. When you finish this book, you will mourn Mary Wells, sure, and be grateful for the music she left. But don't be surprised if you find that, like John, Paul, George and Ringo, you are more than a little in love with her as well."
-Wall Street Journal
"I thought I knew all there was to know about Mary Wells. I was wrong. Here, Peter Benjaminson tells Mary's story with great love and compassion in a way that informs even the so-called experts. I love Peter's work, and am happy to see Mary Wells finally be given the recognition she so deserves." —J. Randy Taraborrelli, author, Michael Jackson, After Camelot, and The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
"Peter Benjaminson does an admirable job with Mary Wells, presenting thoroughly researched scholarship, but always going back to reminding the reader of the soaring voice, and wide heart, of Motown's first superstar." —Charles R. Cross, author, Heavier than Heaven and Room Full of Mirrors
"Mary Wells has finally found 'My Guy'—and it is her biographer Peter Benjaminson. This is a match made in music heaven." —Al Abrams, author, Hype & Soul: Behind the Scenes at Motown
Top Customer Reviews
She was such a talented person with a troubled soul. I wonder sometimes if these special types of gifts God gives us is a "gift" or a curse. I suppose it's all in the way you handle your blessing. Unfortunately, Mary had so many demons, she couldn't escape herself.
From leaving Motown and Berry Gordy, The Chairman, as he is penned, to going to Twentieth Century to several other record companies, Mary just couldn't find her way. She did, unfortunately, find her way to too many cigarettes and drugs. All of this was of Mary's doing in some ways, especially the guilt she felt for what she did to the Womack family, whom being the most well-known R&B legend, Bobby Womack. What she does was almost Jerry Springer-ish of sorts. I had to go back and reread some of this section because the relationships got so muddied.
I could not put this book down! I learned so much about this famous singer and all her money troubles. Again, many of her problems were due to her own accord. Peter did an outstanding job bringing Mary to life, and it was also great that Mary, while on her deathbed, decided to come clean and tell her story the way she wanted it to be said. No on can dispute that she was a troubled soul, but at least, before her death, she became whole, in my opinion.
This is a great story and sad at the same time, but one worth adding to your list, if you're a reader who loves biographies and memoirs, such as myself! Well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Motown's first superstar. Twenty seven hit singles; the Temptations and Supremes were Mary's BACKGROUND SINGERS. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Will Porter
The writing is decent enough but would've benefited from more insightful passages. Still, it's a necessary portrait of Motown's first big female star. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael Karol
This book told a very detailed story about a singer from the early days of Motown. I loved the honesty, but it made me sad to read about this talented woman's life!!!!Published 20 months ago by dmusic10