Dancing With Demons

Dancing With Demons

The Authorised Biography of Dusty Springfield

Book - 2000
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Dusty Springfield made her name in the 60s with a string of top ten hits, including 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me' and 'The Look of Love' . Her unique singing style and distinctive bouffant look made her famous throughout the world. Despite a period in the wilderness during the 70s and 80s, she was back at the top in the 90s until her death from cancer in March l999.
She was born in London in l939 - an Irish Catholic, convent-educated girl. It was a background which was to set her almost schizophrenically at odds with herself as she realised her sexuality and moved further into the rock world. Both Penny Valentine and Vicki Wickham knew Dusty well - Vicki was Dusty's friend and manager for much of her career - and together with the cooperation of Dusty's closest family and friends they tell her true story for the first time.
Publisher: London : Hodder and Stoughton, 2000.
ISBN: 9780340766736
Branch Call Number: 780.92 S7695v
Characteristics: viii, 306 p., [16] p. of plates : ill.
Additional Contributors: Wickham, Vicki


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Dec 12, 2016

Some of what was written in Dancing with Demons is no doubt true, but my opinion is that this book is a sad attempt to profit from only the difficulties in the career of one of finest musical vocalists of our times, as Dusty, who died in 1999, is no longer here to defend herself. It in no way shines a light on the complexities and humanness of this wonderful entertainer, but is, in my opinion, self-serving to the authors of the book.

There are better books written on Dusty Springfield that give a more balanced and nuanced account of this gifted singer's life and times.

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