Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues Legend
Before Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner, there was Ruth Brown, the legendary rhythm and blues singer best known for her hits "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean," "Teardrops from My Eyes," and "5-10-15 Hours." Her powerhouse voice and sassy squeal brought worldwide success to the Atlantic label in the 1950s. But it took a decades-long battle with Atlantic to receive her full royalties, which inspired the creation of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.In Miss Rhythm, the singer shares candid recollections: the early days of R&B; the racism she endured on the road; and her abusive husbands and lovers. In the '80s and '90s, Brown earned a Tony and Grammy Award and a role as Motormouth Maybelle in John Water's cult film Hairspray. Miss Rhythm is a story of trial and triumph, and of chart-topping success despite seemingly impossible odds.
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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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