Diana Ross by Diana Ross
Going Back

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In this extraordinary "scrapbook"-a photo album as glamorous and compelling as its subject-Diana Ross has insightfully collected a treasury of filmic memories, iconic images, and personal moments from her long career.

An icon and powerful role model for four decades, she has been one of the most noticed people of our time, pictured by all the leading fashion photographers-Richard Avedon, Victor Skrebneski, and Herb Ritts, among them. From lead singer of The Supremes to one of the most successful female artist of all time, from her academy award nominated performance as Billie Holiday to her role as a muse to artists, she has been a powerful and vibrant force in American life.

Hers is an inspirational story, first told carefully in words in her 1993 memoir Secrets of a Sparrow. Here her life is daringly and lovingly assembled in pictures, many never before published, and all rich with recent history, insightful comments, and plentiful anecdotes. From fashion icon to mother at home, this is a rare self-portrait by a very special person of our time.
 

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Rosanne Shelnutt is a longtime associate of Diana Ross.
 
Published December 6, 2002 by Universe. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The word queen came to mind: beauty queen, disco queen, fashion queen, queen of Motown, fairy queen, queen of the mermaids (in the skin-tight salmon outfit chosen for her grand entrance to the strains of “I’m Coming Out”).

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The New York Times

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Ross and Jackson together, she sang her 1984 hit “Missing You” (originally a memorial to Marvin Gaye) and Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone.” She said, “All my thoughts are in the words of the songs.” The concert’s best moments came in lyrics tinged with anguish: “Love Child,” from the Supremes era...

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The Guardian

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Diana Ross: An Unauthorised Biography by J Randy Taraborrelli Sidgwick & Jackson £18.99, pp476 The Diana Ross 'story' was never going to be peppered with anything particularly revelatory.

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Publishers Weekly

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Ross invites fans to tag along on her non-chronological photo journey through four decades of self-love.

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BC Books

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From the first slow and sweet melody of the opening track “Remember,” to the soulful swagger and swing of my favorite track on the album “More Today Than Yesterday,” to the luxuriously languid vocals on “The Look of Love,” to the prayerful vocals on “To Be Loved,” all the way to the sweet and sou...

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BC Books

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Ross received a big cheer as she launched into a short version of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” but even though she assures the crowd, “You know how much I love Michael,” she didn’t know this song very well.

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BC Books

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On July 21, 1983, Diana Ross performed for approximately 400,000 fans in New York’s Central Park.

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AV Club

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The main difference—besides the atmospheric conditions—is that in the July 22 show, Ross gets to add a couple of costume changes, and a lot more songs, including covers of Michael Sembello’s “Maniac,” Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon In The Sky.” (She also does The Supreme...

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Los Angeles Times

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Instead Ross galvanizes essentially every scene in a performance so impressively controlled and cliche-free that Ross must rank as Hollywood's best-kept acting secret.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Then Ross delivered the kicker, backed by a volunteer chorus of hundreds: "In the name of love!"

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Diana Ross: Going Back

People

What with the smoke and wind machines working on high, the Vegasy arrangements and choreography and the overproduced tours down memory lane—well, the sad truth is that Diana Ross looks a little old-fashioned.

May 25 1987 | Read Full Review of Diana Ross: Going Back

People

Diana Ross' free Central Park concert already has made headlines.

Jul 25 1983 | Read Full Review of Diana Ross: Going Back

Creative Loafing Tampa

Before Diana Ross had earned the nasty, unfavorable reputation as a bitchy diva and somewhat of a train-wreck, her music and her distinctive vocals were solely what she was known for.

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