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Cher: All I Really Want to Do
Daryl Easlea and Eddi Fiegel
Backbeat Books
272 pages
March 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Born Cherilyn Sarkisan on May 20, 1946, in El Centro, California, Cher would go on to become the more famous half of Sonny and Cher and a very successful solo artist in her own right. Authors Daryl Easlea and Eddi Fiegel troll through the singer's life and explore her various personalities as half of the famous 1960s duo, television performer, solo artist, and film actress. Though this presents the image of a Cinderella story, the artist was a driven individual, and that side of her is presented as well.

Before she was famous, Cher spent time with Phil Spector. She sang backup on some of his tracks, including the Crystals' Da Doo Ron Ron" and the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." But it wasn't until she sang on Sonny's "I Got You Babe" that the world finally learned about Cher as an artist. Though Cher didn't think much of the song initially, she finally relented and agreed to sing on it--and was forever glad she did.

There are many other stories, here including her sway over fashion and even popularizing the digital Auto-Tune effect on "Believe." Not to mention her strange and storied affair with Gregg Allman.

A well-researched book about one of the more intriguing women in music.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2013

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