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Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross
On April 16, 2003, Luther Vandross suffered a near-fatal stroke, and the world held its breath. Inside sources said he might never sing again. He was too weak to receive visitors, but cards and good wishes came from Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Anita Baker, Halle Berry, Patti LaBelle, Jesse Jackson, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, Star Jones, Gladys Knight, and Dionne Warwick, among others. With a will to live matched only by the enormous strength and power of his heart, soul, and singing talent, Luther survived and is regaining his voice. This biography is a loving tribute to the man who has entertained millions.
Luther remains one of the music industry's most private celebrities. In Luther, the first biography of the hugely popular and beloved singer, Craig Seymour investigates and illuminates Luther's life, from his early obsession with soulful girl groups to the day he was discovered by glam rocker David Bowie to his devastating stroke and inspiring recovery. Seymour explores Luther's elusive sexuality, the taboo question that has plagued him for his entire career. He talks about Luther's yo-yo dieting, and the pain his weight has caused him and those around him. He tells the whole story behind the widely publicized feuds between Luther and R&B icons Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker as well as the group En Vogue. And he frankly and honestly explores the tragedies of Luther's life: the 1986 car crash that killed his best friend and nearly destroyed his career, and the 2003 stroke that almost ended his life.
An authentic R&B legend, Luther Vandross is one of the most popular and talented vocalists in the world. His life has been full of pain and love, tragedy and redemption. And now, for the first time ever, Luther gives you a backstage pass into his life and longing.
||July 01, 2005|
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19 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Enjoyable and surprisingly funnyJul 09, 2004
By Cydney Rax
This Luther Vandross biography unexpected arrived in the mail and I begin reading immediately. An easy, quick and fascinating read, I enjoyed learning about Luther's background, his struggles to become a recording artist, and his careers successes and challenges. Although this really isn't a book filled with personal comments by Luther to the biographer, Craig Seymour, you can tell that the author did a great job seamlessly piecing together Luther's history so that it reads logically and thoughtfully. There are sad and poignant moments (the stroke), and many funny moments too (Luther's quick wit and great sense of humor). The squabbles he's had with fellow singers will make you laugh too and shake your head at what goes on behind closed doors within the industry. Even if you aren't a Luther Vandross fan, if you enjoy reading about a slice of R&B music history, you may enjoy reading this book. The book provides a fascinating and dramatic look at the music industry, and it simultaneously honors Luther Vandross with grace and honesty. It's highly recommended and may give you a greater appreciation for Luther, as well as entertainment in general.
11 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Luther: The Early YearsOct 22, 2004
By Leon Petrossian
I enjoyed the book and there were some topics in Luther's life I had no idea about. I would have loved to read more detail on some of Luther's earlier recordings. I have the LUTHER albums from 1976 and 1977 plus the Bionic Boogie albums. The book left out his 1979 Bionic Boogie album TIGER TIGER where he sings lead on two songs. He also was in a studio group titled SOIREE where he sings "You Keep Me Hanging On" and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life." The Charme, Mascara, and New York City Band albums are great as well. They show a side of Luther not to many fans have heard. Also in 1987 his song "There's Only You" was included on the movie soundtrack MADE IN HEAVEN. This seems like a personal song for Luther as you feel his emotion singing the haunting arrangement. I wonder if it was written after his tragic accident involving his friend Larry Salvemini. Overall the book is excellent and is the first written about the life of one of the greatest vocalist of all time.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
A Breathtaking Journey Into Luther's WorldAug 02, 2004
Craig Seymour did a fabulous job of taking the fans of Luther Vandross behind the scenes, giving a very detailed look inside of his singing career and life. The book was very tastefully written as Craig showed the ups and downs of Luther's career, struggles, triumphs and more, as well as paying tribute to his successes. This is a must read and a true page turner.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
LutherJul 29, 2004
By Karen Michell
This book is a truly inspiring story of hope, determination, and victory. The story is told with an ease of language and fluidity that is compelling and refreshing. The narrative is also substantive in research and history. I recommend this for anyone who wants to look behind the curtain and discover the pain and joy of some of our most beloved African American artists and most especially, Mr. Luther Vandross.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Listen & ReadJul 28, 2004
I love Luther and loved the book, couldn't put it down. It was an easy and exciting read, revealing much about the very private Luther as well as the behind the scene, backstage music industry. If you love Luther as I do, you'll love this book. Hint: listen to his music while reading the book. I did and loved every minute of it.
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