Miss Rhythm: the autobiography of Ruth Brown, rhythm and blues legend
Tony Award winner Ruth Brown is a rhythm-and-blues revolutionary--a woman whose early successes earned her instant worldwide fame and launched a career that has influenced such legendary performers as Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, Little Richard and Stevie Wonder. This candid autobiography offers the true story of her extraordinary life and career. Photos. Discography.
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Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues LegendUser Review - Book Verdict
Brown's rise was not uncommon. A small-town Southern girl begins to sing in church and "coloreds-only" USO shows, gets discovered, and is offered a recording contract. In Brown's case the record company is newcomer Atlantic, soon to become the premier R&B label of the 1950s and 1960s. Brown's string of hits over a ten-year period caused Atlantic to be known as the House that Ruth Brown Built. But after the hits stopped and she was forced to earn her living at a series of menial jobs, she realized how the accepted accounting procedures of the day had diverted huge sums from the artist to the record companies. Through the efforts of Brown and others, the companies were forced into a settlement that led to the establishment of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation for the support of early artists. Brown's career, currently enjoying a successful revival, is an important slice of the history of the music business. For public libraries.-Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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This book starts off a fairly standard musician autobiography, then about through it turns into a story about struggling to resolve royalty issues for the R&B pioneers on Atlantic Records. It will definitely make you respect Ahmet Ertegun a lot less. Read full review
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