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Rihanna Hardcover – October 15, 2010
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"...damn interesting" ~Ebony
"Rihanna is a richly illustrated, chronological guide, a monumental album and tour that marked Rihanna's presence as a musical/fashion force to be reckoned with. It covers the key collaborators, the countless controversies, the ever-changing fashions, and everything in between, with pullout for each phase of her career thus far." ~LePetitBlog
"Rihanna is a new book from the singer's creative director Simon Henwood that documents - in words and absolutely gorgeous photograph - the superstar's life like we've never seen it before. From Paris Fashion Week to onstage during her Last Girl on Earth world tour, we promise you will flip when you see the more than 200 pics in the book." ~E! Online
About the Author
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was just sixteen when she was signed to Def Jam. Her first album, released that same year, included the huge international hit “Pon de Replay.” She has since scored several other number-one hits.
Simon Henwood is a multimedia artist who has served as creative director for several major artists, including Kanye West and Rihanna. His video for West’s “Love Lockdown” was nominated for three MTV VMAs and cited as Time magazine’s Video of the Year.
Alexandre Vauthier apprenticed with Thierry Mugler then worked as head designer for Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Haute Couture collection before launching his own line and has shown at Paris Fashion Week several years in a row.
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For starters, Rihanna offers no commentary - her tour director, the photographer do but not the subject of the book which I found odd. I know that this book was created following the incident with Chris Brown and her handlers were very protective of her but they wasted an opportunity to create a really good book in which Rihanna could have offered HER thoughts on the process of creating the album, going to fashion shows to determine "the look" she was going for, the creation of her tour, etc but instead there are wasted pages of pics of shoes, jewelry, and yes Rihanna playing dress-up.
The pics of her overseas do give readers a sense of the whirlwind that her life was at that time and it looks like an amazing series of experiences that could've been enhanced by her commentary about them. But then afterwards for example, there are pics of them creating a cast of Rih and some gratuitous pics of her practically nude as a "science project" but readers aren't told what this casting or the other is for so I was confused and a little disturbed by the pics.
Bottom line - if you're a fan and want to add to your collection, then it'd be a worthwhile purchase, but if you're someone who is hoping to learn more about Rihanna - the woman, artist, future pop icon then pass - or leaf through the book in the bookstore because it's not really worth a purchase.