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Pop icon Ronnie Spector reads her bestselling memoir Be My Baby in an abridged audiobook edition that captures the singer's no-holds-barred story of her life and times as the original bad girl of rock'n'roll. You'll have a front row seat as Ronnie recalls her humble beginnings as a "half-breed" teenager in Spanish Harlem, and you'll thrill as she recounts the Cinderella st Pop icon Ronnie Spector reads her bestselling memoir Be My Baby in an abridged audiobook edition that captures the singer's no-holds-barred story of her life and times as the original bad girl of rock'n'roll. You'll have a front row seat as Ronnie recalls her humble beginnings as a "half-breed" teenager in Spanish Harlem, and you'll thrill as she recounts the Cinderella story of her meteoric rise to fame as lead singer of the most influential girl group of all time, The Ronettes. You'll be enthralled at Ronnie's firsthand account of her days as the voice at the center of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, and you'll gasp as she reveals the wild and shocking details of her marriage to Phil Spector -- a romance that began as a fairy tale but soon descended into a nightmare of depravity and isolation behind the locked gates of a Beverly Hills mansion. Finally, you'll laugh and cry with Ronnie as she describes her daring escape from the prison her life had become, and you'll feel Ronnie's despair as she recounts the challenges she faced in her struggles to reclaim her life, her sanity, and her voice. Finally, you'll cheer for Ronnie's triumph when she finds a new life, with a new husband, kids, and a happiness she never dreamed possible. And through it all is that voice--the same voice that inspired her friendships and musical collaborations with rock legends from John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen; the same voice that continues to thrill and inspire fans around the world; and the same voice that casts its spell as Ronnie reads this one-of-a-kind memoir of a one-of-a-kind life lived at the very epicenter of rock'n'roll.


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Pop icon Ronnie Spector reads her bestselling memoir Be My Baby in an abridged audiobook edition that captures the singer's no-holds-barred story of her life and times as the original bad girl of rock'n'roll. You'll have a front row seat as Ronnie recalls her humble beginnings as a "half-breed" teenager in Spanish Harlem, and you'll thrill as she recounts the Cinderella st Pop icon Ronnie Spector reads her bestselling memoir Be My Baby in an abridged audiobook edition that captures the singer's no-holds-barred story of her life and times as the original bad girl of rock'n'roll. You'll have a front row seat as Ronnie recalls her humble beginnings as a "half-breed" teenager in Spanish Harlem, and you'll thrill as she recounts the Cinderella story of her meteoric rise to fame as lead singer of the most influential girl group of all time, The Ronettes. You'll be enthralled at Ronnie's firsthand account of her days as the voice at the center of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, and you'll gasp as she reveals the wild and shocking details of her marriage to Phil Spector -- a romance that began as a fairy tale but soon descended into a nightmare of depravity and isolation behind the locked gates of a Beverly Hills mansion. Finally, you'll laugh and cry with Ronnie as she describes her daring escape from the prison her life had become, and you'll feel Ronnie's despair as she recounts the challenges she faced in her struggles to reclaim her life, her sanity, and her voice. Finally, you'll cheer for Ronnie's triumph when she finds a new life, with a new husband, kids, and a happiness she never dreamed possible. And through it all is that voice--the same voice that inspired her friendships and musical collaborations with rock legends from John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen; the same voice that continues to thrill and inspire fans around the world; and the same voice that casts its spell as Ronnie reads this one-of-a-kind memoir of a one-of-a-kind life lived at the very epicenter of rock'n'roll.

30 review for Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life As a Fabulous Ronette [Audiobook on 2 CDs, Abridged]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    This was a very fast, compulsive read. A real page turner. I'm one of the biggest Ronnie Spector fans, but I didn't know what to expect. She has some crazy stories about Phil and about her alcoholism, but she presents everything as matter-of-fact. Her writing does not dwell on self-pity or her constant passivity even when she, as a character, is mired in them. What I find refreshing is that she never bashes Phil Spector, even though it would be so easy. The way she described their early professi This was a very fast, compulsive read. A real page turner. I'm one of the biggest Ronnie Spector fans, but I didn't know what to expect. She has some crazy stories about Phil and about her alcoholism, but she presents everything as matter-of-fact. Her writing does not dwell on self-pity or her constant passivity even when she, as a character, is mired in them. What I find refreshing is that she never bashes Phil Spector, even though it would be so easy. The way she described their early professional relationship it is easy to see how she developed feelings for him. She admits that nobody around her understood what she saw in him, but she conveys her admiration of him very well to the reader. Once he becomes abusive, she describes all the signs that in hindsight should have warned her, if only she hadn't been so young, insecure and in love. She never blames anyone but herself, and even when she succumbs to Phil's mindgames and sabotage, she takes responsibility for her reactions to him. She has some wild stories, such as her various encounters with John Lennon who first tries to romance her in London, later sidles up to Phil and sits in on the session for her Apple Records flop, then appears at her divorce trial as a guest of Phil, and later befriend her in New York to the degree that Ronnie maintained a friendship with May Pang after John went back to Yoko. Also notable is Ronnie's friendship with Cher, already noted in Darlene Love's bio, whose marriage to Sonny Bono parallels Ronnie's marriage, except that Cher did not lose herself and was therefore better equipped to reinvent herself time and again. And the one night stand with Bowie is brief but memorable. I really can't recommend this book enough to anyone who has ever loved girls group music or the Wall of Sound.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alanna Why

    Pretty wild that Ronnie Spector accidentally sets a bed on fire by falling asleep with a lit cigarette not once, but twice in this. ALSO PHIL SPECTOR IS A PIECE OF SHIT!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Just kill me. This book! I had to force myself to finish it. I thought I was going to be reading a fun, wacky memoir of a rock singer from the sixties but what I read was the memoir of a severely emotionally abused woman who became an alcoholic in order to cope with the hell of her life. I needed a stiff drink just reading about it. I can certainly see why she drank. Honestly, I was surprised she didn't start sooner. It reminded me of a memoir I read a few years ago about the teenage abused wife Just kill me. This book! I had to force myself to finish it. I thought I was going to be reading a fun, wacky memoir of a rock singer from the sixties but what I read was the memoir of a severely emotionally abused woman who became an alcoholic in order to cope with the hell of her life. I needed a stiff drink just reading about it. I can certainly see why she drank. Honestly, I was surprised she didn't start sooner. It reminded me of a memoir I read a few years ago about the teenage abused wife of a Mormon fundamentalist/polygamist. The same isolation, mental exhaustion, despair, hopelessness. Ugh. I can't even. Throughout the reading of this book I kept wondering how Ronnie's life & career would have been different if she hadn't gotten involved with that douchebag extraordinaire Phil Spector. Her private life? Obviously a million times better. I'm hard pressed to think of a man worse than Phil to have gotten involved with. Charles Manson? George C Scott? It's a pretty short list of men who would make a more terrible boyfriend/husband than Phil. As for her career, yes Phil did produce several hits for her but with her talent I think anyone could have gotten the same results. Oh, there were so many missed opportunities at the beginning, before Ronnie was locked up in that spooky mansion. My mouth literally dropped open when I read how The Beatles - The Beatles! - wanted Ronnie to open for them on tour and Phil said no AND RONNIE ACQUIESCED!!!! WTF Ronnie. Ronnie explained why she stayed with Phil for so long - low, I mean LOW, self-esteem, fear of poverty/the need to support multiple family members, no good roles models of healthy relationships growing up, the rapidly changing music scene of the sixties where many of her musical peers became has-beens/washed up, her (to me incredible) empathy she had for Phil's struggles in childhood - but I still had such a hard time accepting that she chose to stay with him. It was difficult to pick up the book and read because I knew how frustrated I would get. He wouldn't let her read magazines?! What?! Why?! And why does she go along with such a stupid rule? And there were just so many ridiculous things like that. I considered when would I have broken it off with Phil, assuming I was in Ronnie's place. (Not that I would have ever found him appealing in the first place - shiver) I think the big warning/idea I need to break this off would have been when Ronnie found out The Rolling Stones had been threatened by Phil and told to not even speak to Ronnie while they were all on tour together. WHAT. Don't tell me who I can & can't speak to. Especially people I am currently working with. The final straw for me would have been when Phil forbade Ronnie to fly home to the States on The Beatles private jet. Not in a bazillion years would I have said ok to that request but Ronnie did and got surprised when she watched The Beatles landing on TV a few days later and there was Phil, getting off the jet with them. OH MAN. Just blind rage! The main result of reading this book is that I can now state with 100% certainty Phil is guilty of the murder of that actress. No way was it an accident or a suicide. Ugh, those are such Phil excuses, deflecting the blame on the person he is attacking. He better not ever get out of prison.To me, the biggest shock is that it took Phil until 2003 to actually murder someone. He is a full blown sociopath. Ronnie is lucky he didn't kill her before she escaped (barefoot because Phil had taken all her shoes so she couldn't leave - ACK. I cannot make this shit up)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anina

    Phil Spector is a murderous douche. Ronnie's great, of course. A lot of your reviews say she sounds self centered...but it's an autobiography of a successful woman, so duh, I bet you wouldn't say that if she were a man! Get out of here with that nonsense. There's some really interesting stuff about how different the music industry used to be. Don't forget to read the introduction by Billy Joel!!! Phil Spector is a murderous douche. Ronnie's great, of course. A lot of your reviews say she sounds self centered...but it's an autobiography of a successful woman, so duh, I bet you wouldn't say that if she were a man! Get out of here with that nonsense. There's some really interesting stuff about how different the music industry used to be. Don't forget to read the introduction by Billy Joel!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    A good and enjoyable read. Like many autobiographies of this nature, the last third of the book feels a bit long and less interesting, but... the first two thirds are GREAT! If all this is true, it's amazing she even survived being married to Phil Spector. Also, some very interesting stories about the Beatles, especially John Lennon. I loved the Tandoori Chicken story with George Harrison. If you're a fan of 60s music history, this book is a must read. A good and enjoyable read. Like many autobiographies of this nature, the last third of the book feels a bit long and less interesting, but... the first two thirds are GREAT! If all this is true, it's amazing she even survived being married to Phil Spector. Also, some very interesting stories about the Beatles, especially John Lennon. I loved the Tandoori Chicken story with George Harrison. If you're a fan of 60s music history, this book is a must read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This caption, from one of the photos in the book, is just one example of the insane things she recounts in this great autobiography- "A family snapshot taken a few years after my divorce from Phil. That's Donte, standing with Gary and Louis, the twin brothers that Phil adopted as a surprise for me when I got out of the sanitarium." This caption, from one of the photos in the book, is just one example of the insane things she recounts in this great autobiography- "A family snapshot taken a few years after my divorce from Phil. That's Donte, standing with Gary and Louis, the twin brothers that Phil adopted as a surprise for me when I got out of the sanitarium."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This is one of the saddest and most compelling biographies I’ve read, Ronnie Spector is a gem to rock n roll history and didn’t deserve this.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    In the land of rock'n'roll tell-all biographies, "Be My Baby" has one basic story to tell: Ronnie Bennett, lead singer in what became The Ronettes, fell in love with and eventually married Phil Spector, and he was one nasty, narcissistic, messed up guy. While Mr. Spector may for a time have been a genius record producer, he was also a master of psychological abuse, and Ronnie put up with it for years, becoming an alcoholic and a deeply miserable woman. She finally escaped, quit drinking, and got In the land of rock'n'roll tell-all biographies, "Be My Baby" has one basic story to tell: Ronnie Bennett, lead singer in what became The Ronettes, fell in love with and eventually married Phil Spector, and he was one nasty, narcissistic, messed up guy. While Mr. Spector may for a time have been a genius record producer, he was also a master of psychological abuse, and Ronnie put up with it for years, becoming an alcoholic and a deeply miserable woman. She finally escaped, quit drinking, and got her life in order. (Mr. Spector, now age 78, is serving a life sentence for murdering Lana Clarkson in 2003, an event that occurs well after the time frame of this book.) Ronnie has a number of adventures with other luminaries like John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and, notably, David Bowie. "Be My Baby" is an okay (and fast) read, if you're in the mood for this sort of bio. You might want to listen to The Ronettes' Greatest Hits while you're at it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Randal Bridges

    Loved this book! I recently found a vinyl re-issue of The Ronettes album that was produced by wacko/genius Phil Spector. After listening, I wanted to know her story. This book is told in a frank, non sugar coated way. Ronnie doesn't try to make herself look saintly, she talks warts and all. This book is one of the better bio's I ever read. If you're a classic Rock or oldies fan, look this one up! Loved this book! I recently found a vinyl re-issue of The Ronettes album that was produced by wacko/genius Phil Spector. After listening, I wanted to know her story. This book is told in a frank, non sugar coated way. Ronnie doesn't try to make herself look saintly, she talks warts and all. This book is one of the better bio's I ever read. If you're a classic Rock or oldies fan, look this one up!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dave Hofer

    Fun, quick read. Phil Spector is cray. Just seeing the title of this book gets the song stuck in my head so I'm glad I'm done reading it. Fun, quick read. Phil Spector is cray. Just seeing the title of this book gets the song stuck in my head so I'm glad I'm done reading it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mila Melia-Kapoor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I adore The Ronettes’ music, but didn’t know anything about Ronnie Spector’s life before reading this book. I couldn’t be more glad I did read it (in one sitting – couldn’t put it down) because my god, this book was a rollercoaster. It was gripping, funny, heartbreaking, and atmospheric. It was also full of gossip! A splash of the tea: Ronnie Spector has slept with David Bowie and kissed John Lennon. This shouldn’t have surprised me considering they moved in similar circles, but as I’m such a Ro I adore The Ronettes’ music, but didn’t know anything about Ronnie Spector’s life before reading this book. I couldn’t be more glad I did read it (in one sitting – couldn’t put it down) because my god, this book was a rollercoaster. It was gripping, funny, heartbreaking, and atmospheric. It was also full of gossip! A splash of the tea: Ronnie Spector has slept with David Bowie and kissed John Lennon. This shouldn’t have surprised me considering they moved in similar circles, but as I’m such a Ronettes, Bowie, and Beatles fan, it kind of made my head explode. I read this book while listening to The Ronettes, skipping to each song as she described the stories behind them. The book had an incredible sense of atmosphere. Ronnie Spector painted a striking picture of every city she described, but especially Spanish Harlem, where she grew up. Every detail was so rich, I felt like I was right there with her. Reading about her experience growing up as a mixed-race girl in 1950s NYC was both fascinating and poignant. Although the time and circumstances are worlds apart, there were aspects I found incredibly relatable as a fellow mixed girl. One thing I really loved was Ronnie’s unashamed, vibrant sexuality. It sweat from the pages (or in this case the Amazon Kindle screen). The description of her losing her virginity to Phil Spector to the sound of her song ‘Do I Love You?’ was sensual yet chilling, considering how he turned out. On a darker note, it was heartbreaking to read about the abuse Phil Spector subjected Ronnie to. Her words strikingly illustrate just how twisted and abusive he was. He isn’t the focus of this book or review, so I won’t add much more – but it was a huge relief to read of her escape with her mother from the Beverly Hills mansion he’d imprisoned her in. She was barefoot, because he’d taken her shoes so that she couldn’t leave. I loved this powerful, vivid, and down-to-earth account of Ronnie’s incredible life. It really demonstrated that your life isn’t necessarily easy just because you’re famous. Ronnie Spector went through the mill, but she came out on the other side with admirable resilience, humour, and determination.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Talk about going through the fire and coming out the other side. Ronnie Spector is so much more than a Ronette, but until I read this book, I had no idea. First, this book is very much in Ronnie’s hand. It reads like talking to her personally. It’s unpretentious and honest. It feels like talking to a friend. Plus, it zips right along. The author discusses her marriage to the famed Phil Spector, the way he treated her, his methods for keeping her in line and how he tried to manipulate her to stick Talk about going through the fire and coming out the other side. Ronnie Spector is so much more than a Ronette, but until I read this book, I had no idea. First, this book is very much in Ronnie’s hand. It reads like talking to her personally. It’s unpretentious and honest. It feels like talking to a friend. Plus, it zips right along. The author discusses her marriage to the famed Phil Spector, the way he treated her, his methods for keeping her in line and how he tried to manipulate her to stick around. I liked her honesty and her admittance that she was in over her head. She also talks about her alcoholism and struggles with depression. Again, she’s blunt and honest about them. There were times when I thought, gee, this woman is lost. The baby situation comes to mind or her reliance on others is another, but the best part had to be how she managed to come back. She doesn’t totally let her issues get her down. She’s a survivor. If you’re looking for a book that will make you gasp, cheer, tear up a bit and smile, then this might be the story for you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hans Peter

    Take a pretty, naive and insecure teenager with a marvellous voice and make her a rock'n roll star overnight. Then marry her to a young, brilliant and newly rich producer with a gigantic inferiority complex and a few psychopathic strains. Then you have the plot for most of this book. The song "Be my baby" by the Ronettes (produced by Phil Spector) was and still is one of my favourites. The live version with Belinda Carlisle and Grace Slick as the two supporting Ronettes is a masterpiece. The book Take a pretty, naive and insecure teenager with a marvellous voice and make her a rock'n roll star overnight. Then marry her to a young, brilliant and newly rich producer with a gigantic inferiority complex and a few psychopathic strains. Then you have the plot for most of this book. The song "Be my baby" by the Ronettes (produced by Phil Spector) was and still is one of my favourites. The live version with Belinda Carlisle and Grace Slick as the two supporting Ronettes is a masterpiece. The book is yet another illustration of the difficulties associated with money and stardom. It seems as Ronnie (Veronica) came out alive on the other side, but she might as well have ended in the club with Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison Hine

    I found this book to be engaging and enlightening. Ronnie comes across as likable, talented, and caring - and the survivor of horrible, ruthless abuse by a sick and evil man. Her perspective of the personality and behavior of Phil Spector illuminates how a person can be both brilliantly talented and a despicable human being. Lesson: just because a person is a genius - artistic, musical, scientific, whatever - doesn't mean that person qualifies as a hero. I'm very glad Ronnie was able to escape f I found this book to be engaging and enlightening. Ronnie comes across as likable, talented, and caring - and the survivor of horrible, ruthless abuse by a sick and evil man. Her perspective of the personality and behavior of Phil Spector illuminates how a person can be both brilliantly talented and a despicable human being. Lesson: just because a person is a genius - artistic, musical, scientific, whatever - doesn't mean that person qualifies as a hero. I'm very glad Ronnie was able to escape from the clutches of this terrible man, and that she chose to tell her story. Well worth reading, in my opinion. Thank you, Ronnie Spector!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Great rock and roll read Ronnie's life has had lots of ups and downs. She tells about them entertainingly in this memoir. It basically stops in the 1980s with a happy ending--good marriage, two kids, still singing. I'm happy for her! I'd be interested in an update about the kids from her marriage with Spector, and her feelings about his murder trial. Those first kids sure got a bum deal--a mom who was still growing up and a dangerous, mentally ill father. My heart goes out to them. I recommend the Great rock and roll read Ronnie's life has had lots of ups and downs. She tells about them entertainingly in this memoir. It basically stops in the 1980s with a happy ending--good marriage, two kids, still singing. I'm happy for her! I'd be interested in an update about the kids from her marriage with Spector, and her feelings about his murder trial. Those first kids sure got a bum deal--a mom who was still growing up and a dangerous, mentally ill father. My heart goes out to them. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys rock n roll biographies.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Good Read Interesting book about the sixties and the girl groups. Great anecdotes about the Beatles and the Stones. Another source depicting how cool George Harrison and John Lennon were. No mention of the egotistical McCartney which further enhances what a petty worm he is, but I digress. Glad to see how a person with low self esteem finally emerges and has a happy life as a result. Great family support, especially from Mom and husband. Fast and easy read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jak Krumholtz

    I learned about this from Keith Richards, I think he mentioned it in his bio. Watching Phil Spector's crazy unfold is fascinating and seeing her life overlap with Beatles, Stone and Bowie was great too. Somehow I had no idea that was her on Take Me Home Tonight despite Eddie Money saying her name repeatedly. "Okay, Veronica. Go ahead, divorce me! Time will tell who's right and who's wrong." I learned about this from Keith Richards, I think he mentioned it in his bio. Watching Phil Spector's crazy unfold is fascinating and seeing her life overlap with Beatles, Stone and Bowie was great too. Somehow I had no idea that was her on Take Me Home Tonight despite Eddie Money saying her name repeatedly. "Okay, Veronica. Go ahead, divorce me! Time will tell who's right and who's wrong."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Intriguing story... I am going to see her in concert soon...so I wanted to read her story. She had it hard, some of it was Phil Spector's doing, but some of it her own. She kind of reminds me of Judy Garland a bit, life story wise. I know she's in a great place now in her life and is, at 75, still touring ! Intriguing story... I am going to see her in concert soon...so I wanted to read her story. She had it hard, some of it was Phil Spector's doing, but some of it her own. She kind of reminds me of Judy Garland a bit, life story wise. I know she's in a great place now in her life and is, at 75, still touring !

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

    Short, sweet & fascinating. I wish more autobiographers could write this clearly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Khalid Al-Babtain

    Very dark and miserable, made really depressed

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne Ayres

    Hard to put this one down.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Mertens

    Ronnie's life story is amazing. What she did to get started and what she went through with Phil Spector was crazy. I love that Ronnie made it through and has become a truly interesting woman. Ronnie's life story is amazing. What she did to get started and what she went through with Phil Spector was crazy. I love that Ronnie made it through and has become a truly interesting woman.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    Awesome book

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Kannel

    One day, a diminutive Spanish Harlem mixed raced teenager singing into her hairbrush mic with her sister and cousin, the next day a huge mega hit produced by a twisted controlling genius. What could go wrong?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I have heard bits and pieces of this story over the years. I found the story fascinating and hard to put down.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carla T

    Ronnie definitely kisses and tells. So much of her story broke my heart.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I feel like you have to have an appreciation for The Ronettes to enjoy the first little bit of this book - the group's rise to fame and their work with Phil Spector. However, I was surprised that this wasn't the focus of the book, nor was it the most interesting aspect of Ronnie's story. What's really fascinating - and tragic - is Phil Spector's imprisonment of Ronnie, which prematurely ends a career that could have had some real longevity, and her subsequent struggle to get her life back on tra I feel like you have to have an appreciation for The Ronettes to enjoy the first little bit of this book - the group's rise to fame and their work with Phil Spector. However, I was surprised that this wasn't the focus of the book, nor was it the most interesting aspect of Ronnie's story. What's really fascinating - and tragic - is Phil Spector's imprisonment of Ronnie, which prematurely ends a career that could have had some real longevity, and her subsequent struggle to get her life back on track. I knew the basic story of Ronnie's relationship with Phil, but I had no idea about the details of the psychological torture he inflicted on her. It's difficult to believe this is a true story; every time you think things can't get darker or crazier, they do. However, there are still plenty of lighthearted anecdotes, like Ronnie's encounters with John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and countless other famous musicians from the '60s and '70s. Although the ending was a little too Lifetime movie-ish for me, this was an excellent autobiography, and I think even those who don't have much background on Ronnie Spector or The Ronettes would enjoy it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    As an avid reader/supporter of all music-related biographies, this one was just okay. It is not that Ronnie Spector had an uninteresting life, I just did not appreciate her voice as a storyteller. To be fair, I cannot pin all the blame on her, as her ghostwriter should take some heat. But when I think about the autobiographies I love that have been ghostwritten, (Life by Keith Richards, It's So Easy: and Other Lies by Duff McKagan, or Slash by, well, Slash), it just does not hold up. Though, I h As an avid reader/supporter of all music-related biographies, this one was just okay. It is not that Ronnie Spector had an uninteresting life, I just did not appreciate her voice as a storyteller. To be fair, I cannot pin all the blame on her, as her ghostwriter should take some heat. But when I think about the autobiographies I love that have been ghostwritten, (Life by Keith Richards, It's So Easy: and Other Lies by Duff McKagan, or Slash by, well, Slash), it just does not hold up. Though, I had a hard time getting engrossed in her life, I will not hold that against the Ronettes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    What a read! A wild, gossipy ride through the sixties music scene with the heavy hitters - Phil Spector, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, etc. Ronnie is not a writer of great finesse, but her storytelling voice is true to the time and place. I was sorry to not hear more about her sister, Estelle, and sometimes Ronnie does come off as wrapped up in herself, but she is honest about her shortcomings and the naïveté of a teenager entering the burgeoning business of rock and roll. With Spector's lush What a read! A wild, gossipy ride through the sixties music scene with the heavy hitters - Phil Spector, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, etc. Ronnie is not a writer of great finesse, but her storytelling voice is true to the time and place. I was sorry to not hear more about her sister, Estelle, and sometimes Ronnie does come off as wrapped up in herself, but she is honest about her shortcomings and the naïveté of a teenager entering the burgeoning business of rock and roll. With Spector's lush "Wall of Sound" playing on a loop in my mind during the entire book ("I wish I never saw the sunshine..."), Ronnie's wry re-telling of surviving the mad extremes of her life evoked laughter and tears, particularly the last chapter, where (not to give anything away) there were, finally, some tears of happiness. Entertaining, to say the least, and a few good pics, too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    As a huge fan of Phil Spector's "wall of sound," I had to read this memoir by his ex-wife, lead singer of The Ronettes Ronnie Spector. "Be My Baby" relates not only Ronnie's rise from rags to riches, and her days as a huge pop star, but her long and sad marriage to Phil Spector, during which she was held as a virtual prisoner in his mansion. Those reading this probably wouldn't be surprised at Spector's arrest years later for murder. He was a genius at producing records, but not a very good huma As a huge fan of Phil Spector's "wall of sound," I had to read this memoir by his ex-wife, lead singer of The Ronettes Ronnie Spector. "Be My Baby" relates not only Ronnie's rise from rags to riches, and her days as a huge pop star, but her long and sad marriage to Phil Spector, during which she was held as a virtual prisoner in his mansion. Those reading this probably wouldn't be surprised at Spector's arrest years later for murder. He was a genius at producing records, but not a very good human being. Fans of 1960s rock and roll will absolutely love this book.

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