Women in Music – Soul and R&B

How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement by Ruth Feldstein. 2013. Oxford University Press [reprint], 304 pages.

Mary J. Blige

Real Love, No Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige by Danny Alexander. 2016. University of Texas Press, 209 pages.

Toni Braxton

Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir by Toni Braxton. 2014. It Books [reprint], 275 pages.

Ruth Brown

Miss Rhythm: Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues Legend by Ruth Brown with Andrew Yule. 1996. Dutton, 368 pages.

Natalie Cole

Angel on My Shoulder: An Autobiography by Natalie Cole with Digby Diehl. 2000. Grand Central Publishing, 368 pages.

Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain by Natalie Cole and David Ritz. 2010. Simon and Schuster, 176 pages.

Faith Evans

Keep the Faith: A Memoir by Faith Evans with Aliya S. King. Grand Central Publishing, 396 pages.

Aretha Franklin

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz. 2014. Little, Brown and Co., 528 pages.

Aretha: From These Roots by Aretha Franklin and David Ritz. 1999. Villard, 272 pages.

Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul by Mark Bego. 2018. Skyhorse Publishing [reprint], 456 pages.

Chaka Khan

Chaka! Through the Fireby Chaka Khan and Tonya Bolden. 2003. Rodale, 288 pages.

Gladys Knight

Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story by Gladys Knight. 1997. Hyperion, 288 pages.

Patti LaBelle

Don’t Block the Blessings by Patti LaBelle. 1997. Berkley, 308 pages.

Patti’s Pearls: Lessons in Living Genuinely, Joyfully, Generously by Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster. 2001. Grand Central Publishing, 172 pages.

Nina Simone

I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone by Nina Simone. 1992. Pantheon, 181 pages.

Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone by Nadine Cohodas. 2010. Pantheon, 464 pages.

What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography by Alan Light. 2016. Crown Archetype, 320 pages.

Mavis Staples

I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway by Greg Kot. 2014. Scribner, 321 pages.

Donna Summer

Ordinary Girl: The Journey by Donna Summer with Marc Eliot. 2003. Villard, 272 pages.

Tina Turner

I, Tina: My Life Story by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder. 2010. Dey Street Books, 272 pages.

My Love Story by Tina Turner. 2018. Atria Books, 272 pages.

Dionne Warwick

My Life, as I See It: An Autobiography by Dionne Warwick with David Freeman Wooley. 2010. Atria Books, 304 pages.


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