- Tiny Ripple
- P.O. Box 1533,
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
LONG LAST A BOOK EXAMINES LIFE AND CAREER OF DONNA SUMMER
- Donna Summer:
Her Life and Music was published by Tiny Ripple Books on January
- 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.
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.