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Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend

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Known the world over for her unique musical style, distinctive look and a voice that propelled her into the charts time and time again, Dusty Springfield was undoubtedly one of the biggest and brightest musical stars of the twentieth century.
Never one to be shy of the spotlight, Dusty broke the mould as the first female entertainer to publicly admit she was bisexual, and
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by The Robson Press
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May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Really interesting but a bit long winded x
Pam Keevil
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Very detailed account of her rise to fame with a lot of information about her musicianship and the influences on her. It also sheds light on the more destructive side of her personality. At times I wanted more personal details and less musical ones.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Very comprehensive, if unorganized, biography of Dusty Springfield. I had no idea she'd had such a difficult life and so many problems. For the most part, it's a sad book and I hope she found peace on the other side. ...more
Stef O'connor
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Loved the first half of the book where the story was early Dusty and her progress with her career. I thought the 2nd half was repetitive with her struggles with drugs, alcohol and her mental health issues. The last part of the book was on her cancer health issues which were heartbreaking
Freyja Vanadis
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dusty was a mess; based on what people had to say about her in this book, I would have hated her as a person, but she had the voice of an angel and I can listen to her sing all day.
Tina Ambury
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book that told me some stuff I already knew and much I didn't. Want to buy some of her music but it galls me that the Prudential would benefit ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-read
dreadful- this book is going straight to the second hand store - if I'm not too embarrassed to show that I wasted money on this. ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating insight into a musical legend.
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Karen Bartlett is a writer and journalist based in London. She has written extensively for the Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian and WIRED from Africa, India and the US, and has presented and produced for BBC Radio. She was the youngest director of democratic reform and human rights campaign group Charter88, and began her career in the UK and South Africa. Most recently, she worked with Eva Sc ...more

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