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The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard
In the months before she died, Florence Ballard, the spunky teenager who founded the most successful female vocal group in history--the Supremes--told her own side of the story. Recorded on tape, Flo shed light on all areas of her life, including the surprising identity of the man by whom she was raped prior to her entering the music business, the details of her love-hate ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Chicago Review Press
(first published April 1st 2008)
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Jul 07, 2012 Rhina M. Finley rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Oddly enough, I started reading this on what would have been Florence Ballard's 69th Birthday. But like many artists before her and after her, she died too young. Florence had the talent and beauty. This book tells the struggle of the rise and fall of being famous. But in my eyes she never fell, she will always be the true Supreme. God Bless her Soul.
If you’ve never read anything about the rise and fall of the Supremes, you might enjoy this book more than I did. However, if you’re a Supremes fanatic like me, you’ll probably find it middle of the road. While not as bad as the Diana Ross memoir, “Secrets of a Sparrow” (even the name of that one starts the gag reflex,) this book reads more like a long newspaper article instead of a well thought out book. I guess that would make sense as the author was a newspaper reporter for the “Detroit Free ...more
#1 of 52 musician biographies I plan to read in 2012. I really liked how the author skims over the "rise-to-the-top" stuff and gets right into how somebody can be at the height of success one moment and on welfare the next. I had always thought that Flo Ballard's story was kind of a garden-variety too much-too soon tale, but it's easy to understand now how she found herself in her particular predicament. The book presents a (surprise surprise) cynical view of the popular music industry, where ar ...more
Unfortunately, if you are a fan of the musical group The Supremes and want to learn the real story, you may be disappointed with this brief book about Florence Ballard. Florence Ballard (1943-1976) dreamed up the name of the Supremes, but was fired from the group by Barry Gordy, the owner of Motown Records. The rest of her brief life was filled with lawsuits and poverty. Read other books about the Supremes, instead. My favorite is Tony Turner's book on his life touring and hanging out with The S ...more
Jan 07, 2009 Nandi Crawford rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I have always been curious about Florence Ballard, and her short time with the Supremes,and I hope somehow with this book, I can get some questions answered.