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Ritz, David

Works: 153 works in 660 publications in 9 languages and 46,636 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Autobiographies  Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Recipes 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Contributor, Composer, Collector, Interviewee, Creator, Lyricist
Classifications: ML420.F778, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about David Ritz
Most widely held works by David Ritz
Brother Ray : Ray Charles' own story by Ray Charles( Book )

56 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 1,986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ray Charles has led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. Overcoming poverty, blindness, the loss of his parents, and the prevailing racism of the time, by the age of thirty-two Ray Charles was acclaimed worldwide as a genius. By combining the influences of gospel, jazz, blues, and even country music, he invented, almost single-handed, what became know as soul
It's a long story : my life by Willie Nelson( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The iconic Country Music Hall of Fame artist and 10-time Grammy winner shares the story of his personal life and career, from his early ambitions and indelible relationships through his bankruptcy and founding of Farm Aid
Rickles' book by Don Rickles( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An internationally popular comedian describes his youth as a disadvantaged Jewish boy from Queens, the obstacles he overcame in order to achieve success, and his four-decade stage and screen career
Blues all around me : the autobiography of B.B. King by B. B King( Book )

26 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 1,519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Riley B. King grew up amidst the cotton farms of Mississippi, picking in the fields. At age 21 he wrecked a tractor and took it as a sign that a brighter future awaited him as a musician in Memphis. The rest is history. Recounting his days as a disk jockey and pioneering bluesman on the rhythm and blues circuit, B.B. dramatizes his whirlwind adventures, from the Memphis of the forties to the Moscow of the nineties, in a voice that is both raw and real. A deeply sensuous and sensitive soul, he discloses his complex relationship to women and sexuality, and chronicles his first-hand experience with racism, the Civil Rights movement, and the shifting politics of show business
Aretha : from these roots by Aretha Franklin( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A captivating self-portrait of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating artists
Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year by Tavis Smiley( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination
Respect : the life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. She found fame, fortune, and that remarkable voice in 1967 with "Respect" and a rapid-fire string of hits. Aretha turned the industry on its head by refueling pop with heavy soul. The Queen of Soul had survived, and arrived."--Dust jacket
What I know for sure : my story of growing up in America by Tavis Smiley( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The noted talk-show host details his experiences growing up black in an all-white Indiana community, describing what it was like to be an outsider, and the influence of his early life on his determination to succeed and to fight for the underdog
Divided soul : the life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz( Book )

30 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 1,089 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Amerikaanse soulzanger (1939-1984)
True you : a journey to finding and loving yourself by Janet Jackson( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With candor and courage, world class entertainer Janet Jackson shares her painful journey to loving herself. She pulls us behind the velvet rope into her unforgettable career, sharing lessons she has learned and revealing the fitness secrets and lifestyle-changing tips she has adopted from her trainer
Rocks : my life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll. With record-making hits and colossal album sales, Aerosmith has earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But theirs is ultimately a story of endurance, and it starts almost half a century ago with young Perry, the rebel whose loving parents wanted him to assimilate, but who quits school because he doesn't want to cut his hair. He meets Tyler in a restaurant in New Hampshire, sways him from pop music to rock-and-roll, and it doesn't take long for the "Toxic Twins" to skyrocket into a world of fame and utter excess. From the mega-successful song and music video with Run DMC, "Walk This Way," to the realization that he can't pay his room service bill, Perry takes a personal look into the human stories behind Aerosmith, the people who enabled them, the ones who controlled them, and the ones who changed them
Rhythm and the blues : a life in American music by Jerry Wexler( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Atlantic Records partner and producer Wexler presided over the evolution of the modern music business and made prodigious contributions to our cultural history. Wexler has worked with a broad range of American genius: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and others.--From publisher description
Rage to survive : the Etta James story by Etta James( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here is the intimate - and shockingly candid - story of one of the great women of American music. Considered among the finest soul singers of the rock-'n'-roll era, Etta James tells her mesmerizing tale in a voice uniquely her own - big, bold, and unrepentant. Without a trace of self-pity, the singer describes her chaotic childhood; gospel prodigy at age six, raucous rhythm-and-blues star at sixteen, she exudes a spirit of defiance and daring that has her breaking musical boundaries even as her life falls into disarray. Along with uncensored war stories of early R & B and full-blown portraits of legends like Sam Cooke and Little Richard, Etta James paints a landscape that extends from Watts to Harlem, from South Side Chicago through the badlands of Texas. Her wild world is peopled with an all-star roster of musical geniuses, notorious pimps, and famed record executives. A former heroin addict, she is candid in detailing her dependency on high-priced drugs and wrong-headed men. Her insider's narration of the Golden Age of Soul, when her "Tell Mama" topped the charts, is unsparing
When I left home : my story by Buddy Guy( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A great blues guitarist chronicles his eventful life, from his modest upbringing in rural Louisiana to his rise to prominence in the Chicago blues scene to his becoming a lasting influence on famous musicians
Love brought me back : a journey of loss and gain by Natalie Cole( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heartwrenching story of Natalie Cole's successful kidney transplant on the day her sister died, a memoir of family, love, heartbreak and healing
My journey with Maya by Tavis Smiley( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tavis Smiley recounts the story of his friendship with Maya Angelou Smiley stumbled into a relationship with her that shaped his future and affected the man he became. Like a mother to him, she was generous, challenging, and inspirational--as she was to so many. Here he shares his portrait of Angelou--a highly complex individual who left an indelible imprint on American culture
Guillaume : a life by Robert Guillaume( Book )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Guillaume: A Life is the autobiography of esteemed Broadway, Hollywood, and television star Robert Guillaume. Ten months after suffering a stroke, Guillaume - perhaps best known as television's Benson - began this autobiography with author and collaborator David Ritz." "The book goes beyond the recounting of a long and successful career to examine the forces that shaped the man: family, religion, race, and class. Startlingly candid and disarmingly self-aware, Guillaume seeks to know and understand himself, his treatment of the women in his life, and the choices he made along the way. He pursues the truth, however painful it may be, says Ritz, guided by two questions, "Who the hell am I?" and "What made me do what I did?""--Jacket
Faith in time : the life of Jimmy Scott by David Ritz( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrates the life and accomplishments of jazz singer "Little Jimmy Scott," detailing his childhood and rise to stardom, and examining his unfortunate disappearance from the industry in the mid-1960s
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Aretha : from these roots
Alternative Names
David Ritz critique musical

David Ritz novelist, songwriter, journalist

리츠, 데이비드 1943-


リッツ, デイヴィッド

Rickles' bookBlues all around me : the autobiography of B.B. KingAretha : from these rootsWhat I know for sure : my story of growing up in AmericaDivided soul : the life of Marvin GayeTrue you : a journey to finding and loving yourselfRhythm and the blues : a life in American musicRage to survive : the Etta James story