Tiny Ripple Books
P.O. Box 1533, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Donna Summer: Her Life and Music was published by Tiny Ripple Books on January 27, 2003.
Written by Josiah Howard, Donna Summer: Her Life and Music is the first book in over 20 years to examine the life and career of the performer who dominated the pop charts in the 1970s and earned the title Queen of disco with hits such as LAST DANCE, LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY, HOT STUFF, and BAD GIRLS.
In addition to providing in-depth coverage of the recording of Summer's most popular singles and albums, her working relationship with the acclaimed production team of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, and her pre-superstardom (early 1970s) stage and recording work in Europe (where she appeared in the play HAIR and scored hit singles in Germany, Holland, Belgium, and France), the book also discusses Summer's penchant for controversy, including infamous songs (such as her suggestive breakthrough hit LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY), album covers, and interviews - as well as her conversion to Born Again Christianity, and the 1980s boycott of her recordings and performances by many gay fans.
Howard also illuminates the carefully-conceived image manipulation that Summer and her record company (Casablanca) employed to make her the biggest star to emerge from the disco genre. The book also features analysis of the influence of Summer's recordings, her embrace by white rock critics, her five Grammy Awards (in categories ranging from R&B to Rock to Inspirational), and her collaborations with musical giants such as Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, and Quincy Jones.
Chronicling her triumphs and setbacks - both professional and private - Donna Summer: Her Life and Music paints the definitive picture of one of the most groundbreaking and popular female vocalists of the last four decades.
Donna Summer: Her Life and Music is available for $19.95 (plus $4 shipping) from Tiny Ripple Books, P.O. Box 1533, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. Pennsylvania residents must add 6% sales tax. Orders are now being accepted. For more information, visit www.tinyripple.com.