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Ritz, David

Works: 221 works in 908 publications in 8 languages and 48,263 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Autobiographies  Biographies  History  Interviews  Christmas stories  Autobiographical fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Christmas fiction  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Contributor, Composer, Collector, Interviewee, Lyricist, Creator, Redactor
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 )

67 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 2,578 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 )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 2,384 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
Divided soul : the life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz( Book )

37 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Amerikaanse soulzanger (1939-1984)
Guillaume : a life by Robert Guillaume( )

11 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,813 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
Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year by Tavis Smiley( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 1,579 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 )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,516 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."--Jacket
Rickles' book by Don Rickles( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,461 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
Aretha : from these roots by Aretha Franklin( Book )

9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A captivating self-portrait of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating artists
Blues all around me : the autobiography of B.B. King by B. B King( Book )

28 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and German and held by 1,447 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
Elvis by the Presleys by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and Swedish and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time, the inside story of legendary entertainer Elvis Presley's life as a husband, father, son, cousin, friend, spiritual seeker - Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, and other family members, come together to memorialize our greatest star in this stunningly illustrated companion to a major television special and longer-form documentary. Elvis by the Presleys is a uniquely fascinating treasure and serves as the essential companion to a major television special on CBS and, from Sony BMG, a longer-form documentary DVD and its related CD. Culled from hours of new family interviews conducted for the television special and DVD (much of it appearing exclusively in this book), enhanced with Elvis quotes, and illustrated with private family photographs and images of personal memorabilia from the archives of Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Elvis by the Presleys is an extraordinary document about an extraordinary figure. In all, the book is the compelling result of a historic gathering of voices of those who not only witnessed from the wings Elvis Presley's public life, but also knew the superstar out of the spotlight. His former wife Priscilla Presley, their daughter Lisa Marie Presley, his cousin Patsy Presley Geranen, Priscilla's parents, and members of the combined and extended families sensitively and candidly share their intimate perspective on the real person, while at the same time celebrating one of America's greatest stars. As Priscilla Presley puts it in Elvis by the Presleys, "Who can think of Elvis without thinking of Graceland?" Here Graceland is seen as a teeming family retreat, where the kitchen was the center of operations; where tag football games were played in the yard; where folks drove golf carts up and down the hills; and where Elvis spent many of his happiest times. Elvis by the Presleys reveals life at Graceland like never before. We witness the arc of his love affair with Priscilla; Elvis as a father to his adored Lisa Marie; his obsessions and passions; and the strength of his musical legacy, which continues unabated to this day. There are Christmas cards here, too; contracts and invoices; selections from Lisa Marie's childhood scrapbook; and even a picture of the champagne bottle (signed) from Elvis and Priscilla's wedding. Here, now, is the tumultuous story of the life of a lovely yet complex man; a portrait of the career of a brilliantly accomplished yet often frustrated artist; an insider's tale of enduring love, related with warmth and unguarded candor ... and a story told the way only a family can tell it. 2-hour CBS special airs May 2005 4-hour Sony BMG documentary DVD and its companion CD in stores May 2005. The DVD is a longer-form presentation of the footage edited for the special. Both the special and the DVD are comprised of the family interviews, private home movies, performance footage and interviews, and photography - some of the material rare, some never before available to the public. The CD of Elvis's music features Elvis classics, hidden treasures, rarities and family favorites. A companion to the television program and video offers commentary about Presley's life and personality by his ex-wife and her family, their daughter, and his cousin, along with photographs of his career, his home, and his possessions
What I know for sure : my story of growing up in America by Tavis Smiley( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,056 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
When I left home : my story by Buddy Guy( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,023 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
Rocks : my life in and out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aerosmith's Joe Perry opens up for the first time to tell the wild, remarkably candid inside story of his life in the band
Faith in time : the life of Jimmy Scott by David Ritz( )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 977 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
Pretty paper : a Christmas tale by Willie Nelson( Book )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Willie Nelson, country music's quintessential musician, displays all the wit and warmth of his homespun style of storytelling in an inspiring holiday novel based on his classic Christmas song, "Pretty Paper." More than fifty years ago, Willie Nelson's beloved Christmas song "Pretty Paper" first hit the airwaves. And for all these years, Willie has wondered about the real-life Texas street vendor, selling wrappings and ribbons, who inspired his song. Who was this poor soul? What did his painful trials say about our loves, our hopes, our dreams in this holiday season--and in the rest of our lives? It's the early sixties and Willie Nelson is down and out, barely eking out a living as a singer songwriter. The week before Christmas, he spots a legless man on a cart, selling wares in front of Leonard's Department Store in Fort Worth, Texas. The humble figure, by the name of Vernon Clay, piques Willie's curiosity, but Vernon is stubbornly private and--despite Willie's charming queries--has no interest in telling his story. Willie is tenacious, though, and he eventually learns that Vernon is a fellow musician, a fine guitarist and singer. When Vernon disappears, he leaves behind only a diary, which tells an epic tale of life-altering tragedies, broken hearts, and crooked record men, not to mention backroad honky-tonks, down-home cooking, and country songwriting genius. Deeply moved and spurred on by Vernon's pages, Willie aims to give the man one last shot at redemption and a chance to embody the holiday spirit"--
Journey of a thousand miles : my story by Lang Lang( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in China to parents whose musical careers were interrupted by the Cultural Revolution, Lang Lang has emerged as one of the greatest pianists of our time. Yet despite his fame, few in the West know of the heart-wrenching journey from his early childhood as a prodigy in an industrial city in northern China to his difficult years in Beijing to his success today. This autobiography documents the remarkable, dramatic story of a family who sacrificed almost everything--his parents' marriage, financial security, Lang Lang's childhood, and their reputation in China's insular classical music world--for the belief in a young boy's talent. And it reveals the devastating and intense relationship between a boy and his father, who was willing to go to any length to make his son a star. An engaging, informative cultural commentator who bridges East and West, Lang Lang's book opens a door to China.--From publisher description
Before you judge me : the triumph and tragedy of Michael Jackson's last days by Tavis Smiley( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A powerful chronicle of the sixteen weeks leading up to King of Pop Michael Jackson's death. Michael Jackson's final months were like the rest of his short and legendary life: filled with deep lows and soaring highs, a constant hunt for privacy, and the pressure and fame that made him socially fragile and almost--ultimately--unable to live, "--NoveList
Rhythm and the blues : a life in American music by Jerry Wexler( Book )

12 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 811 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
My journey with Maya by Tavis Smiley( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tavis Smiley recounts the story of his friendship with Maya Angelou. Tavis Smiley and Maya Angelou met in 1986, when he was twenty-one and she was fifty-eight. For the next twenty-eight years, Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often of art, politics, history, music, religion, and race. In My Journey with Maya, Smiley beautifully recounts a friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana.--Publisher's description
Rage to survive : the Etta James story by Etta James( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 775 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
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Guillaume : a life
Divided soul : the life of Marvin GayeGuillaume : a lifeRickles' bookAretha : from these rootsBlues all around me : the autobiography of B.B. KingElvis by the PresleysWhat I know for sure : my story of growing up in AmericaFaith in time : the life of Jimmy Scott
Alternative Names
David Ritz Amerikaans biograaf

David Ritz critique musical

David Ritz novelist, songwriter, journalist

리츠, 데이비드 1943-

리츠, 데이빗 1943-


リッツ, デイヴィッド

リッツ, デイヴィッド 1943-