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I wish you love : a memoir
Lynne, Gloria.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 2000.
Physical Description:
288 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

Includes index.
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ML420.L945 A3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In this riveting memoir, one of the leading ladies of jazz gives a first-hand account of the black music experience during the second half of the 20th century. of photos.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Jazz singer Lynne has produced, with the help of writer Chilton, a work that is as much a valediction to the figures of her past as it is an account of her own life. From her early performances in the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village to her struggles to stay on the charts in the era of disco, Lynne narrates her own story of the black music experience. Full of gossip, exclamation and vernacular, it's a book that demands to be read aloud. Every chapter is packed with star-studded anecdotes and Lynne's unflappable sense of humor: Ray Charles trying to copilot his private plane ("those blind folks are something else"); new Muslim convert Muhammad Ali unable to turn down a barbecue pork dinner ("seems to me your mama fed you pork, and that's how you became champion of the world"); spending an evening with Frank Sinatra's thugs after a misunderstanding ("I never did tell that I had pissed in my pants too"). In a lyrical preface that contrasts starkly with the garrulous text that follows, the book's message is simply stated: "to understand the rhythm of [Harlem], the style and flavor of it, you just watch the people." This is a moving tribute to the crucible of Harlem jazz. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When Lynne was growing up in Harlem in the 1930s and 1940s, she compensated for a bleak domestic life of poverty and abuse by absorbing everything she could of the city's vibrant night life. At 15 she won first prize at the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night; soon, she was on her way to becoming the heir apparent to Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and Dinah Washington. But along with success in nightclubs and recordings came rocky personal relationships and the type of tangled financial dealings that plagued so many performers of the era. In fact, at the time of her biggest hit, "I Wish You Love," she was working as a license clerk in Bergen County, NJ. While Lynne's name may not trigger the recognition of some of her contemporaries, her story is an inspiring one that provides a victim's insightful view into the routine exploitation of artists by a corrupt system. For comprehensive collections.--Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.