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Delta Lady

A Memoir
Narrated by: Rita Coolidge
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
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The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter bares her heart and soul in this intimate memoir, a story of music, stardom, love, family, heritage, and resilience.

She inspired songs - Leon Russell wrote "A Song for You" and "Delta Lady" for her; Stephen Stills wrote "Cherokee". She cowrote songs - "Superstar" and the piano coda to "Layla", uncredited. She sang backup for Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Stills before finding fame as a solo artist with such hits as "We're All Alone" and "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher".

Following her story from Lafayette, Tennessee, to becoming one of the most sought-after rock vocalists in LA in the 1970s, Delta Lady chronicles Rita Coolidge's fascinating journey throughout the '60s-'70s pop/rock universe. A muse to some of the 20th century's most influential rock musicians, she broke hearts and broke up bands. Her relationship with drummer Jim Gordon took a violent turn during the legendary 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour; David Crosby maintained that her triangle with Stills and Graham Nash was the last straw for the group. Her volatile six-year marriage to Kris Kristofferson yielded two Grammys, a daughter, and one of the baby boom generation's epic love stories. Throughout it all, her strength, resilience, and inner and outer beauty - along with her strong sense of heritage and devotion to her family - helped her to not only survive but thrive.

Cowritten with best-selling author Michael Walker, Delta Lady is a rich, deeply personal memoir that offers a front-row seat to an iconic era and illuminates the life of an artist whose career has helped shape modern American culture.

©2016 Rita Coolidge (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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A little Rock History

Enjoyable history of some of the great rockers of the early seventies. Graham Nash parts were interesting along with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell Brush up on some rock history and learn some things you did not know.

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Love Rita

So happy Rita Coolidge has come out with her story. Perfect to listen to,with her voice reminding me of all the great music she was a part of. This is a must read for anyone who loved music in the 1960-70's. Thank you Rita.

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so many musical connections

Glad I stuck it out. Some very interesting anecdotes, revealing connections I never knew about. This book sent me down the Google Rabbit hole!!

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Higher and Higher!

A little insight into her private life with Kris. Very interesting. Had no idea about her other relationships. Or how talented she is as a writer. Only remember her as a singer. And the more current photos of her as a blond!! Wow! She looks great!! What an icon for all of us senior citizens!!

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A wonderful and enlightening book.

She has such a beautiful voice, I could not stop listening. She teaches you forgiveness.

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Special lens into world of Rock

I was an avid Rita Coolidge fan as a teen, and thoroughly enjoyed hearing her story and the artists of that era. Some revelations were troubling, especially those of artists I had admired. (Delaney, really?) On the whole, a pretty good read. The only drawback for me was the narration, it was slow and sleepy. I kept wanting the pace to pick up and be more dynamic. Even so, I would recommend if you are a fan of late 60s & 70s rock.

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Lovely, sincere memoir, with rock n roll thrown in

I was a teen for some of this, listened to the music unfold, played (and enjoyed) Rita's hits on the radio and am so jealous of her view from the catbird seat, to the real inside of music history. Her account is so short!,...but, a great listening experience for me.

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Great Book

It was a marvelous collection of remeberences from a true American pop/rock icon. Rita chronicles her highs and lows poetically. A female trailblazer, she was ahead of her time and paid her dues in spades. Not afraid to tell her truth.

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What a life!

An incredible story of music, love, persistence and over coming heartbreak, read by Rita, in her beautiful soothing voice. Loved it.

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Good for Fans

I think you will enjoy this story if you are fans of Rita and Kris and CS&N. Touches the heart. And, who knew that she went to Florida State!