Dueling Disco Divas
CHAKA! THROUGH THE FIRE Impoverished Illinois child with low self-esteem seeks solace in music and becomes a Grammy winner. TURNING POINT Fronted a band of four white guys known as Ask Rufus, landing her first record deal with them at age 19. TELLING QUOTE ”Listen, motherf — -er, I’m gonna have babies AND be a star — with you or without you.” LOW POINT In the ’70s, she contemplated jumping off a Texas hotel balcony. ON HER IMAGE ”I’m tired of feathers-and-leathers. I’d like to wear some fabric for a change.” BOTTOM LINE At times gritty, but only scratches the surface.
ORDINARY GIRL: THE JOURNEY Donna Summer with Marc Eliot (Villard, $24.95) Impoverished Boston child with low self-esteem seeks solace in music and becomes the ”Queen of Disco.” TURNING POINT Fronted a band of five white guys known as the Crow, but signed a solo record deal at age 19. TELLING QUOTE ”Was the Diva of Love herself getting the vapors?” LOW POINT In 1976, she tried to jump out of a window at a New York hotel. ON HER IMAGE ”It was an image I regretted. I mean, who could live up to that? Not even Marilyn!” BOTTOM LINE Too much gloss, not enough foundation…just like disco!
Chaka! Through the Fire