Cher: All I Really Want to Do

Daryl Easlea and Eddi Fiegel. Hal Leonard/Backbeat, $19.99 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-61713-452-4
Music journalists Easlea and Fiegel unveil the personality behind this entertainer who has fascinated fans for over 45 years. They offer a chronology of her music career and work as an actress, revealing a woman admired by audiences and peers alike. Blunt, yet kind, she is shown to be a survivor, a diligent worker, and a rare talent. From asides on first husband Sonny Bono to her involvement with the Black Rose Band, and then on to her acclaimed films—including Mask and Moonstruck (for which she won an Oscar)—she confides, "You can either swim or die in your career. I swam. I'm a gutsy kind of gal." Peers have their say, including actor/writer Chazz Palminteri, who adds, "She's also one of the smart-est people I've ever met." Her so-called "final" tours covered three continents in a 350-performance extravaganza featuring spectacular staging, riding a papier-mâché elephant, and appearing in flamboy-ant and often risqué costumes. While the real passion in the book is postponed until the last few chap-ters, Easlea and Fiegel make it clear that Cher's talent is matched by her personal warmth. B&W photo insert. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/27/2013
Release date: 02/01/2013
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