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  • Respectby David Ritz

    Little, Brown and Company 2014; US$ 26.00

    The definitive biography of the Queen of Soul from acclaimed music writer David Ritz. Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled... more...

  • Faith In Timeby David Ritz

    Da Capo Press 2009; US$ 24.00

    Born in Cleveland in 1925, "Little" Jimmy Scott lost his mother at age thirteen, the same year he was diagnosed with Kallman's syndrome. The disease stunted his growth and earned him his nickname, but it also left him with a haunting voice, a mesmerizing voice. He soon built a following as a singer touring with Lionel Hampton's great orchestra in... more...

  • Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gayeby David Ritz

    Music Sales 2010; US$ 12.75

    The Life of Marvin Gaye: Divided Soul is the definitive biography of an enormously gifted and sensitive musician. David Ritz presents his uniquely candid and intimate account of the tumultuous life of the Prince of Soul music, Marvin Gaye. Assembling years of conversations and interviews from his life as a close friend and lyricist to the gifted... more...

  • Sanctified Bluesby Mable John; David Ritz

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 19.00

    Albertina Merci, a talented R&B singer, toured with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett—until the fateful night her voice gave out in front of a sold-out crowd. Encouraged by her fans, she offered a little speech in praise of Jesus instead of a song. Her spontaneous words became the seed of “Sanctified Blues,” a song that soon captured the... more...

  • We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Livesby Paul Shaffer; David Ritz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.95

    Paul Shaffer—born and bred music junkie and longtime leader of David Letterman’s Late Show band—opens up in this candid, endearing, hilarious, and star-studded memoir.  From playing seedy strip joints in Toronto, to being the first musical director of Saturday Night Live and helping to form the Blues Brothers, to being onstage every night with... more...

  • A Moment in Timeby Ralph Branca; David Ritz

    Scribner 2011; US$ 11.99

    A first-hand account of the golden era of baseball from Jackie Robinson’s friend, former teammate and featured player in the 2013 biopic "42." Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World,” the historic home run that capped an incredible comeback and won the pennant for the New... more...

  • After the Danceby Jan Gaye; David Ritz

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 12.79

    A riveting cautionary tale about the ecstasy and dangers of loving Marvin Gaye, a performer passionately pursued by all—and a searing memoir of drugs, sex, and old school R&B from the wife of legendary soul icon Marvin Gaye. After her seventeenth birthday in 1973, Janis Hunter met Marvin Gaye—the soulful prince of Motown with the seductive liquid... more...

  • Balanceby Nik Wallenda; David Ritz

    FaithWords 2013; US$ 20.00

    Nik Wallenda, "King of the High Wire," doesn't know fear. As a seventh generation of the legendary Wallenda family, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance. When Nik was four years old, he watched a video from 1978 of his great grandfather, Karl Wallenda, walking between the towers of the Condado Plaza... more...

  • Equilibrioby Nik Wallenda; David Ritz

    FaithWords 2013; US$ 20.00

    Nik Wallenda, "King of the High Wire," doesn't know fear. As a seventh generation of the legendary Wallenda family, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance. When Nik was four years old, he watched a video from 1978 of his great grandfather, Karl Wallenda, walking between the towers of the Condado Plaza... more...

  • Grace After Midnightby Felicia Pearson; David Ritz

    Grand Central Publishing 2007; US$ 20.00

    Felicia Pearson, who starred of the acclaimed television series 'The Wire', reveals her incredible, hard-knock life story, one that dramatically parallels her television character. While Felicia is a brilliant actor who played a truly chilling role, what's most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound... more...