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A Sick Life: TLC ’n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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About the Author
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is the lead singer of the best selling female group TLC, known for their singles, “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” “Creep,” and “Unpretty,” which all charted #1 on Billboard. Tionne is a national spokesperson for sickle-cell disease. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Chase, and son, Chance.
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It's always amazing to see that the key to success is a mixture of not only talent and skill but perseverance through the hardest troubles. This may even be the greatest key to all successful people since life is often suffering, no matter what level of achievement you find yourself at.
Tionne, "T-Boz", Watkins' memoir describes her battles with sickle cell anemia (which effected her career from the very beginning and she's already beaten two estimates on her life span), relationships, the death of Lisa, the "L" in TLC, the death of her cousin, having children against the odds, her battles behind the scenes with her labels and managers when she was dead broke after selling tens of millions of albums, and so on.
And all through it, continuing to pursue in every outlet her artistic genius, whether it was her singing, her songwriting, her poetry, her dancing, and even her fashion, and finally, her business acumen.
This is a great memoir but also a great guide to being an artist in the modern age where you often have to wear many hats and have much resilience in order to succeed.
One quote from the book:
""If you want to be a musician—or an artist of any kind—it’s important to learn about the business you’re in. Because it is a business. You’re here to make art and to make money, and unfortunately those things go hand in hand most of the time. It’s not even really the music business anymore—it’s the entertainment business. It’s become so much more now that reality TV has taken over. Do your research and learn how it all works. Read your contracts before you sign them, and really make sure you understand what’s on those pages. Some lawyers and accountants can have their own agenda. How will it affect you 10 years—or even 20 years—down the line? Work with people you trust and who respect you. Respect yourself, too. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something if you know you can.""