Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
Gloria Gaynor’s #1 hit single "I Will Survive" debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum and over three decades later still strikes a chord among men and women everywhere.
Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives have been transformed by this timeless song. Their remarkable stories reveal that "I Will Survive" has reached people from all walks of life and touched their lives in thousands of unique ways. From individuals triumphing over illness to those suffering from the painful loss of a loved one to others piecing their lives together after bearing witness to national tragedy, "I Will Survive" has become an emotional anthem for them and for millions of Gaynor's adoring fans around the world.
In We Will Survive, Gloria shares forty of these inspirational, true stories about survivors of all kinds—individuals who have found comfort, hope, and courage through the power of this one song.
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It shouldn't have been published for mass distribution. This would have been a good - not great - limited edition work from Ms. Gaynor as a personal gift for Christmas, a birthday, or some really intimate event "among family and/or really close friends". But, as a literary work, it just didn't make it for me.
Not unless Gloria Gaynor writes an honest and interesting memoir. I don't care about Carswell one way or the other. If she's a competent author, I'll give her another chance.
Any one who reads my reviews know that I go hard on authors who read their own books unless they are very good narrators FIRST! But I have no patience for anyone who thinks they can do EVERYTHING well! In this case, Gaynor's main talent was as a vocalist - a DISCO vocalist - with less than a SMALL handful of releases - and only one "serious" hit single in 1978. Albeit a disco classic and the rally cry of a generation of feminists and black empowerment. Nothing in that skill-set qualifies a 64 year old woman to be a narrator, especially in the fast growing audiobook industry. I would have listened about 15 minutes past the 30 minutes I wasted on this book if a qualified narrator had been onboard. Maybe..... Maybe not.....
Nope! It's just a sanitized "work" as useless as petals in the wind.
As a record business professional with a 45 year career span in R&B music, I try to support others in my profession. That's why I initially purchased this book without reading other reviews or putting in my usually due diligence. I thought Gaynor was presenting an interesting and novel slant on the tune which has been her theme song for over 35 years. But all I found is an attempt to get one last exploitive squeeze from a song which had its "moment in the sun" 3-1/2 decades ago. I don't have much patience for people who claim one song, composed from ANOTHER person's blood, sweat and tears, changed their life or was overwhelmingly inspirational. As a songwriter myself, I often get letters or emails from "fans" who claim to have been inspired or saved or emotionally supported by something I did a kazillion years ago. However, the idea of compiling all of those much-appreciated communiqués together into a book to be narrated by me and SOLD to others......well, I'm not quite that narcissistic - YET! 😄. (One of my more recent works is a cut by Lil Wayne on his Grammy winning 2008 CD "Tha Carter 3" and the EP "The Leak". Believe me, a lot more than 40 kids have been "inspired" by Lil Wayne and me to smoke that "Kush"! The emails and text messages I get now, while very entertaining at my "advanced age" of 64, are not the stuff of legend - much less in literature! Especially from fans under the influence of marijuana AND extolling its virtues in barely literate 160-characters-or-less "testimonials"!)
I was hoping that Gaynor would have taken this opportunity (and book deal) to give both old school and new school music lovers an intimate look inside the disco and R&B music era, not blow her own horn about one song in a dozen from that time. I just hope "inspirational" books by Helen Reddy ("I Am Woman"), Chaka Khan ("I'm Every Woman") or even James Brown ("Say It Loud - I'm Black & I'm Proud") aren't waiting to roll off the assembly line! 😝
Sorry, Gloria, as another Sister Girl out here trying to collect some last minute "scrilla", I can't recommend this book to anyone!
- Linda Lou "OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!"
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