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A woman like me / Bettye LaVette ; with David Ritz.

LaVette, Bettye, 1946- (Author).
Ritz, David. (Added Author).
LaVette, Bettye, 1946- (Credited).


Summary: The singer's autobiography charts one missed chance and blown opportunity after another on the way to belated renown 40 years into her career. Born Betty Haskins in Michigan, she was a high school dropout, married and a mother by the age of 15, and ran wild through the Motor City clubs. Rechristened Bettye LaVette, she dove into the music scene, notching a top-10 national R&B hit on Atlantic in 1962. While she reached the top 40 several more times through the early '80s, LaVette never experienced sustained success. Her latter-day albums for the independent label Anti- finally brought her the audience she coveted. Her own recounting suggests she was the victim of her own monumentally misguided judgment. She indulged heartily in alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and sex--she counted Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and Jackie Wilson among her many paramours, sustained a decades-long affair with record exec Clarence Paul, had a long-term female lover and worked off and on as a prostitute.
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  • 10 copies at one or more libraries.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399159381
  • ISBN: 039915938X
  • Physical Description: 262 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm. 262 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press,
Subject: LaVette, Bettye, 1946-
Singers > United States > Biography.
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