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The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter bares her heart and soul in this intimate memoir, a story of music, stardom, love, family, heritage, and resilience.

She inspired songs - Leon Russell wrote "A Song for You" and "Delta Lady" for her; Stephen Stills wrote "Cherokee". She cowrote songs - "Superstar" and the piano coda to "Layla", uncredited. She sang backup for Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Stills before finding fame as a solo artist with such hits as "We're All Alone" and "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher".

Following her story from Lafayette, Tennessee, to becoming one of the most sought-after rock vocalists in LA in the 1970s, Delta Lady chronicles Rita Coolidge's fascinating journey throughout the '60s-'70s pop/rock universe. A muse to some of the 20th century's most influential rock musicians, she broke hearts and broke up bands. Her relationship with drummer Jim Gordon took a violent turn during the legendary 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour; David Crosby maintained that her triangle with Stills and Graham Nash was the last straw for the group. Her volatile six-year marriage to Kris Kristofferson yielded two Grammys, a daughter, and one of the baby boom generation's epic love stories. Throughout it all, her strength, resilience, and inner and outer beauty - along with her strong sense of heritage and devotion to her family - helped her to not only survive but thrive.

Cowritten with best-selling author Michael Walker, Delta Lady is a rich, deeply personal memoir that offers a front-row seat to an iconic era and illuminates the life of an artist whose career has helped shape modern American culture.

©2016 Rita Coolidge (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 30-04-18

A little Rock History

Enjoyable history of some of the great rockers of the early seventies. Graham Nash parts were interesting along with Joe Cocker and Leon Russell Brush up on some rock history and learn some things you did not know.

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  • Barbara Gillies
  • 09-08-16

Love Rita

So happy Rita Coolidge has come out with her story. Perfect to listen to,with her voice reminding me of all the great music she was a part of. This is a must read for anyone who loved music in the 1960-70's. Thank you Rita.

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  • DFW
  • 23-04-19

Higher and Higher!

A little insight into her private life with Kris. Very interesting. Had no idea about her other relationships. Or how talented she is as a writer. Only remember her as a singer. And the more current photos of her as a blond!! Wow! She looks great!! What an icon for all of us senior citizens!!

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  • Joan R. Young
  • 12-08-22

Interesting In The Way of Coffee and Secrets With A Friend

I liked that Rita told her own story as I don’t think another narrator could have carried it. Rita is warm and confident and very likable. I think the memoir was interesting but seemed to lack a thread. No regrets in reading.

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  • Paula Frank
  • 18-07-22

Story of Courage

Ms. Coolidge’s story of grace and courage will inspire you. A signature life with love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-22

So glad I ordered this!

What wonderful a wonderful memoir of a time when I think the best music was made and insights into many of the personalities that made that music.

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  • Crystal Crouse Lathrop
  • 10-05-22

Delta Lady is a wonderful book

I’ve always loved the song delta lady and decided to look up the inspiration for the song and came across Rita’s book. What a wonderful story! I laughed, learned and cried! I love that it is narrated by Rita herself and she paints the scenes so perfectly.

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  • Just me!
  • 07-02-22

Very honest!!

I've known Rita Coolidge for many years and this book is extremely honest! So honest that I've laughed out loud and been shocked as well! Rita is a gem of a person! My friendship with her is a privilege!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-20

Rita Coolidge took me higher & by surprise!

I regret to say I only know a few of her songs. I was surprised to find out she worked with so many big name musicians and influenced them. Her story is poignant; the way she was treated by some of the men in her life professionally & personally is disappointing. A very interesting read. I found her life story captivating. "Lovely Rita."

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  • Sharon Coffey
  • 14-02-20

A real story for a wonderful soul!

What a wonderful opening of a beautiful life, the good with the bad. Thank you Rita for being honest and exposing your soul and remaining true to yourself. Lessons of life were so gracefully shared with me, you have enrichted my life.