Short Take: Delta Lady – Rita Collidge

Ok, young pups of the bookselling world, if you don’t know who Coolidge is, just trust that your Boomer customers definitely will. Rita Coolidge worked with some of the most iconic singers, songwriters and bands of the 60s and 70s–Kris Kristofferson, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker to name a few. Leon Russell wrote the classic “Delta Lady” about her. As reviews suggest, this is “a front row seat to an iconic era.”

“Surprisingly rich… in a manner that rarely seems gossipy and never salacious, the author presents her perspective on the sea changes that rock underwent in the early 1970s, an era in which she played a key role…. This illuminating autobiography exceeds expectations.”
   — Kirkus

In the golden years of pop-rock music of the 1960s and ’70s, there were very few singers like the Grammy-winning Coolidge, whose memoir reads like a polite, lyrical confessional. She exhibits a deep understanding of human nature as she writes candidly of her loving family, especially her older singing sister, Priscilla, in the Jim Crow state of Tennessee…. [I]n L.A., she plunged into the music business, singing backup for Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Stephen Stills and striking gold with such hits as ‘We’re All Alone’ and ‘Higher and Higher.’ Coolidge’s backstage stories of her sessions with Clapton and Cocker, the drug-fueled orgies of the infamous Mad Dog and Englishmen tour, and her romances with Graham Nash and Kris Kristofferson are authentic and intimate.”
Publishers Weekly

 “The personal saga of a young woman who was driven to sing and the account of a time in which pop music itself was finding a new version of itself…. A positive, uplifting life story…. For Coolidge’s legion of fans, this is a must-read.”
   — Booklist

Delta Lady: A Memoir (9780062372048) Rita Coolidge. $25.99 hardcover. 4/5/16 on sale.

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