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Chaka! Through the Fire

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Rolling Stone compared it to melted caramel, and Miles Davis compared it to his horn.

Chaka Khan's scorchingly soulful voice first dazzled most of us back in 1974 with Rufus and "Tell Me Something Good," and most recently in her Grammy Award-winning performance in Standing in the Shadows of Motown, singing "What's Going On?" with the Funk Brothers. Over the years, she's had
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 10th 2003 by Rodale Books
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Stephani
Jul 20, 2007 Stephani rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All Chaka Khan fans
Recommended to Stephani by: I sought it out myself as soon as I heard it was published
The best parts of this book are the beginning leading up to Khan's first hit with Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good," and the last 1/3 or so of the book, ranging from the late 1980s through the present day (at publication time, about 2002 or 03). Khan has plenty of detail in these parts of the book, which recount the beginning of her life and career and what she says were the waning and ending days of her long history of substance abuse.
Unfortunately, she speeds through most of her career with Ruf
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Feb 13, 2016 Lori rated it liked it
My rating: 3 Stars
I’ve long been a fan of Chaka Khan’s music, but outside of her of non-too secret use and abuse of drugs, I’ve never known much about her background or private life. The details presented in the first half the THROUGH THE FIRE lent me plenty of insight as to how the little girl who was born Yvette Marie Stevens evolved into the talented, outspoken (and sometimes troubled) woman who adopted the moniker, Chaka Khan.

From the book I learned that Chicago-reared Yvette Marie went fr
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Lisa
Apr 01, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
One of my favorite singers is Chaka Khan, probably second only to Aretha Franklin on my list of female vocalists (at least ones still living). This is the story of Chaka's life and rise to fame, and as is common with performers' memoirs, also an account of the years of substance abuse with which she dealt and eventually overcame.


This was a ghostwritten memoir and the co-author seems to do a good job keeping the book in Chaka's words. I doubt I would like Chaka Khan personally after reading this
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Feb 28, 2009 Barbara Washington rated it really liked it
This book tells about her struggles in the music industry
and it reveal some details of her personal life
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Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens) is an American singer-songwriter best known for such hit songs as "I'm Every Woman", "Ain't Nobody", "I Feel for You" and "Through the Fire". She sang a modernized theme song for the popular children's TV show Reading Rainbow in the show's later years. Khan was featured vocalist in the funk band Rufus with hit songs, "Tell Me Something Good", "You Got The Lov ...more
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