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Overview

“Do I have to tell you that Ronnie’s got one of the greatest female rock-and-roll voices of all time? She stands alone.”
—Keith Richards

Be My Baby is the behind-the-scenes story—newly updated, and with an especially timely message—of how the original bad girl of rock and roll, Ronnie Spector, survived marriage to a monster and carved out a space for herself amid the chaos of the 1960s music scene and beyond.

Ronnie’s first collaboration with producer Phil Spector, “Be My Baby,” shot Ronnie and the Ronettes to stardom. No one sounded like Ronnie, with her alluring blend of innocence and knowing, but her voice would soon be silenced as Spector sequestered her behind electric gates, guard dogs, and barbed wire.

It took everything Ronnie had to escape her prisonlike marriage and wrest back control of her life, her music, and her legacy. And as shown in this edition, which includes a 2021 postscript from Ronnie, her life became proof that our challenges do not define us and there is always the potential to forge a fuller life.

In Be My Baby, the incomparable Ronnie Spector offered a whirlwind account of the ever-shifting path of an iconic artist. And, more than anything else, she gave us an inspiring tale of triumph.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250837196
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/03/2022
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 53,590
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Ronnie Spector shot to fame in 1963 as the lead singer of the Ronettes, the quintessential girl group responsible for bringing a streetwise style to rock music and for a string of hits that included “Be My Baby.” Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, Ronnie Spector and her iconic look and sound have inspired new generations of female artists, including Amy Winehouse. She toured the world throughout the six decades of her extraordinary career. Ronnie Spector died on January 12, 2022.

Vince Waldron is an author and Emmy-winning writer. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Keith Richards
1 Ozzie and Harriet in Spanish Harlem
2 A Whole Lot of ’Ettes
3 A Little More Mascara
4 Pied Piper
5 Wigs on the Ceiling
6 Fools Fall in Love
7 John, George, Ringo, and Mom
8 Beauty and the Beast
9 Thunderstorms
10 In the Red Zone
11 Gross Pictures
12 In the Dark
13 Honeymoon
14 Inflatable Man
15 Seizure
16 Unnatural Childbirth
17 Out of Control
18 Not My Key
19 Field Trips
20 Barefoot and Broke
21 Up for Grabs
22 Say Goodbye to Hollywood
23 Backstage Pass
24 Running Away
25 The Bottom Line
26 Two Pounds, Six Ounces
27 Unfinished Business
Epilogue, 1990
Postscript
Acknowledgments
The Ronnie Spector Discography
Index

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