He does a good job in telling of how talented she is but also how ruthless she could be to get to where she wanted to be. I think there are parts of this woman's story people will never know except the people who were actually there. As others have said, if Diana Ross would just own up to how she is she would probably be perceived in a more positive light when it comes to the Supremes, but I definitely do not feel sorry for her. All those girls started out as a group with the ambition to become famous singers. I think it's horrible the way that Berry Gordy treated those girls, including Diana Ross.
I don't feel as bad for her though.
It's hard for me to feel bad for her personally because of the stories of how she treated her singing partners emotionally. Financially, she treated them well, supposedly loaning them money when they needed help. Those are 2 different things. And also, only those who were involved know the complete truth.
The book shows her as a caring mother which I'm sure she is. The book also shows her in a negative light by showing how she was willing to kick others while they were down to keep herself on her own pedestal while trying to become a Solo star. One of the stories in the book is Diana becoming to exhausted to perform and Florence is there for her, but when Florence becomes sick, Diana doesn't offer the same courtesy, she basically assumes that she is drunk, but from what I've heard from other stories she was really sick. She's only human and we all make mistakes.
The book tells of how Berry Gordy asked that she be called Miss Ross, and how she got to where she was many years ago. Since the writing of this book the author has wrote another book about Miss Ross, adding on the years afterward and showing her in a slightly more positive light, and leaving out some of the negative, which proves he is a fan, as am I, of her music. I do not agree that Florence Ballard was awkward as he called her, I thought she was gorgeous and had the most womanly figure of them all. I think there was a very good chance for her to have a successful, solo career, but she didn't have the right people backing her up.
All the ladies were talented, but Diana Ross had the ambition to go where she wanted, sometimes at the hurtful expense of others. I remain a fan in spite of some bashing. The book is pretty good and shows alot of insight to how life was back then in the supremes world, it shows how diana was a diva from the very beginning, how mary always played both sides, and how flo was a ticking time bomb, ready to tell you exactly how she felt and exactly where you could go at any given moment. I rated the book three stars, and would have rated it much higher, however, while the book is entitled "Call her Miss Ross" and 75 percent of the book is indeed about diana and the supremes, 25 percent of the book is irrelevant information to the main idea of the story; for example, the author constantly stops to talk about the careers and fates of other motown artists david ruffin, the marvelettes, marvin gaye, etc and even some artists that werent apart of motown mabel johns blues singing brother.
The book not including the bibliography and the discography is pages long, but of those pages, i would say only about were actually about diana or the supremes, and it seems at times that the writer had purposely written the other pages as nothing more than a filler to make the book longer.
Its still a very good book though, and i totally recommend it! At least she seemed that way when she graced out presence at the Dreamland dance club in San Francisco circa Looks can be a little deceiving huh? One person found this helpful. I have no isses at all with the product or delivery. See all 29 reviews.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was a great read and a very interesting history of Motown and it's stable of stars. Not a fan of Diana Ross, although certainly recognising her talent, I was interested to see how tenacious and driven she was, at the expense of those around her. I certainly didn't come out liking her any more and find it disappointing when those who work their way up to something amazing let their ego overtake any humility they have had.
It was a well-written book, captivating and lots of famous names in there who also started at Motown around the time Diana did.
Also interesting to read details of her relationship with Berry Gordy. Very Good and works well, will do business again. I must say that Mr. Taraborrelli does a fine job with his books on Ms. I love to read it! See all 6 reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us.
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