Dancing with Demons by Penny Valentine
The Authorized Biography of Dusty Springfield

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Dusty Springfield led a tragic yet inspiring life, battling her way to the top of the charts and into the hearts of music fans world-wide. Her signature voice made songs such as, "I Only Want to Be With You," "Son of A Preacher Man," and You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," international hits. In Dancing With Demons, two of her closest friends, Valentine and Wickham, capture, with vivid memories and personal anecdotes, a Dusty most people never glimpsed in this no-holds-barred yet touching portrait of one of the world's true grand dames of popular music.
 

About Penny Valentine

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Penny Valentine was the journalist closest to Dusty at the height of her fame and was taken into the singer's closed 'inner circle' of friends. She now lives in North London and works at the Guardian.
 
Published August 3, 2000 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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An entertaining but clumsily written biography of the '60s pop singer.

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Publishers Weekly

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Arguably Britain's top pop singer, Dusty Springfield (1939–1999) possessed a voice that survived decades of abuse and, over four decades of recording, proved to be equally adept at lushl

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The Guardian

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The Authorised BIography of Dusty Springfield: Dancing with Demons Penny Valentine and Vicki Wickham Hodder & Stoughton £17.99, pp306 Buy it at BOL The woman the world remembers as kohl-eyed, bouffant-haired, nightingale-voiced Dusty Springfield was actually born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette...

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Publishers Weekly

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Arguably Britain's top pop singer, Dusty Springfield (1939–1999) possessed a voice that survived decades of abuse and, over four decades of recording, proved to be equally adept at lushly orchestrated pop tunes (You Don't Have to Say You Love Me), R & B (Son of a Preacher Man) and disco (What Hav...

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Some of the worst biographies are perpetrated by the friends, family members, and business associate...

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There are better books on Dusty Springfield out there, and it’s always possible that one of her confidants will pen a revealing biography that doesn’t lose sight of why the singer is so revered.

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Add Dancing With Demons: The Authorised Biography of Dusty Springfield -- written by Dusty Springfield’s long-time friend, Penny Valentine, and long-term manager, Vicki Wickham — to the list of inside stories that utterly fail to lend any sense of what made their subjects exceptional.

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Austin Chronicle

Written by pioneering music journalist Penny Valentine and Springfield's longtime friend and manager Vicki Wickham, Dancing With Demons lays bare the previously untold story of the private torments of a working-class Irish girl named Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, who burst onto the Sw...

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