With a career now spanning over five decades, Diana Ross remains one of the most successful recording and performing artists of all time. As lead singer of The Supremes, she amassed a total of twelve number one hit singles between 1964 - 1969, and had a further six as a solo artist. Ian Phillips' book takes a detailed, affectionate and critical look back at Miss Ross' career which began in the late 1950s. Phillips' examines all of her recording work from The Primettes through to the present day, as well as highlighting her many career highlights and accomplishments, including her work in film, television and on stage. There are a wealth of fascinating background stories and anecdotes relating to her river of legendary classics, from Baby Love, Reflections, Love Child, to Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Touch Me In The Morning, Love Hangover, Upside Down, I'm Coming Out and so many, many more. This is an essential read for all Diana Ross fans, spotlighting not only on her ground-breaking success but also her revolutionary cultural impact, overcoming so many obstacles as a black woman and breaking down so many racial barriers.
A legend, a trailblazer, pioneer, icon, there are so many words that can be used to describe Diana Ross but so little has been written in such detail on her extensive body of work. Until now. A true labour of love for this book, is an entertaining, and the ultimate, guide to the career of Miss Diana Ross.
Publisher: New Haven Publishing Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 280 x 216 x 11 mm
This will prove a source of huge interest to Ross devotees.
It's quite an undertaking, given the span of Ross' career, with superfan Ian Phillips exhaustively sourcing quotes from historical interviews and reviews alongside new insights from the likes of former Motown publicist Al Abrams and songwriter Janie Bradford...It's a much-welcome addition to the stack of Ross-ographies for avoiding the well-trodden paths of its predecessors to champion Diana as a trail blazer rather than tabloid fodder.
Ian Phillips takes a detailed, critical approach to her extensive career, looking closely at every music release, major concert and film appearance of the Queen of Motown. It's obviously a must-have for fans and acts as something of a more wordy coffee table piece.
Ian Phillips' 'Diana Ross: Reflections' has the impact of a devoted fan reaching out and reminding us just how wonderful the lady was, and still is.
For both Ross aficionados and Motown fans it's a must-read, page-turner of a book.
Soul, Jazz & Funk.com
If you're a fan of the diva - as I am - this is the stocking stuffer that you'll need not too long from now.