Diana: A Biography

In a brand new retelling of the legend he knew and a music revolution of which he became a part, New York Times bestseller J. Randy Taraborrelli completes what is in many ways his life’s work with DIANA ROSS: A Biography (Citadel Press, $26.95; September 1, 2007; ISBN 978 0-8065-2849-6).  This completely rewritten and updated version of his original classic, Call Her Miss Ross, pairs never-before-published photographs with hundreds of interviews conducted over four decades to tell the story of one of the most misunderstood stars of a generation. DIANA ROSS paints an unforgettable picture of an extraordinary and often controversial legend, a woman known more as a self-absorbed diva than for the far more complex person she really was, and remains today: a take-no-prisoners black singer from the Detroit projects who fought her way to megastardom during an era of Civil Rights and Motown. At the same time, this is a classic, all-too familiar story about the psychological grinder through which young, multifaceted dreamers are broken down and rebuilt into one-dimensional superstars—and the consequences to both themselves, and their families.