God is able. It was morning as Max Szadek raced to his boss's apartment. Thoughts ran through his mind while he moved through the Manhattan streets. It was a bright spring day, perfect for enjoying the eye-popping view from Luther's new condo overlooking the lush greenery of Central Park. But there was no time for that on this day.
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Lynn Harris" The newly updated and expanded edition of Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross takes you deep inside the singer's private world. It chronicles his underdog journey from the projects of New York City's Lower East Side to the top of the charts, selling more than 20 million albums along the way.
The book details Luther's triumphs, as well as his struggles: his battle with weight; his feuds with Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, and En Vogue; the car accident that killed his best friend and nearly destroyed his career; and the rumors about his sexuality that followed him throughout his life. The book offers specific new details about Luther's love life that will help illuminate the private pain of the man who brought the world so much joy.
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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I really enjoyed this read, and I learned so much about Luther I didn't know. I just wish he had been able to enjoy his success more. If the book is accurate, his biggest dream was to have a number one pop chart hit. His dream was finally realized, but by then he had had a stroke and was not even able to attend the Grammy's to receive his award.
There were a lot of interesting stories and revelations in the book. At one point in college he told people Dionne Warwick was his sister. He was that infatuated with her singing style. He idolized Aretha Franklin. They also had a major fight. He also had bitter disagreements with Anita Baker, but toward the end of his life he had rekindled those relationships. David Bowie gave him his first major break. He was famous for doing countless commercial jingles and made a ton of money doing so.
He used food like a drug and his up and down weight loss fueled rumors that he had contacted AIDS many times. He lost all his siblings to Diabetes. His father as well and his mother after his death. I thank God for giving us Luther and the music he has left behind. I wish he could have found the love he so longed for.
I believe in death he found the ultimate love in the hands of the Creator. As the ultimate Luther fan, I bought this book in hardback when it was first published. Seeing that it was revised and "expanded" I bought it again for my e-reader. Wish I hadn't. There is nothing new here. Just spectulation and a lot of innuendos. What was the point of having it revealed that Mr. Vandross told a friend he was in the life? If he was deeply closeted and wished to stay there, why try to out him in his death?
I find this version of the book very disrespectful to his memory. So what if he was demanding and a perfectionist. He left a great body of work behind. It was his artistic vision he wanted others to see and share in.
I took from the book he went through a lot of personal pain. A shame he could never find the joy he brought to so many. This was not on This is Christmas album. This was on the album A Special Christmas 2 with several other artists. The song was produced by Quincy Jones. Came out years before Luther's Christmas album. Minor detail, but should have been checked just the same. Wish Mr. Craig Seymour would e-mail me would love to talk to him.
Luther Vandross who many consider to be the best male vocalist of his generation is given the womb to the tomb treatment in this finely written book by Craig Seymour. Any Luther Vandross fan knows how guarded he was about his private life. The author does a great job of contextualizing Luther's life story, from his struggles with his weight, his rise to superstardom, his unsuccessful quest to find the kind of love that he sang about in his songs for himself, to his untimely death.
This book is an easy read that die hard Luther fans will love. I first read this book when it first came out, not too long after Luther's tragic passing. Luther was a true talent and he had to overcome so many obstacles: his weight fluctuations, anxietal-depressive eating, the fact that he wasn't a conventionally handsome man by entertainment industry standards, as well as his own personal inner turmoil.
But he did it with the sheer power, beauty, and penetrative quality of his god-gifted voice that cut through everything that lay in it's path! He grew up in NYC, in the projects, in a house filled with love. He absolutely lived for good music and good food! I think this author gives a good inner and outer portrait of Luther.. I have always felt that he struggled with his sexuality as far as being able to be open about it and comfortable with it outside of his trusted inner circle.
His fears were well founded, given the homophobia and stigma about homosexuality within the black community. Also, add to this, the generation that Luther was apart of, who thought that one's sexuality was something that was shameful and should be kept under wraps.
I can understand that Luther, after so many years of struggling to make it, didn't want to jeapordize his career in anyway! As far as I'm concerned, I would've loved Luther and bought his albums no matter what!
He was simply, the truth! So I don't begrudge his decision to neither deny nor confirm his sexuality out in the open. Who Cares! This book starts at the point of his debiliating stroke, which, followed by a sudden heart attack, silenced his great voice forever on July 1, Then it travels back throughout his amazing journey filled with love, laughter, pain, struggle, divatude, and all the good things that make up a good biography!
Kudos again to the author, and I would tell anybody to buy this book! Rest In Peace Luther Vandross!! April 20th, - July 1st, It was a marvelous book that portrayed his life vividly. I found his story to be saddening but full of hope. I recommend this book to who ever is interested in his life. Go to Amazon. Back to top.
Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross
In April , Vandross suffered a devastating stroke. When he opened his eyes from his comatose state almost one month later, Vandross added yet one more page to the many chapters in his life: later in the year, his song "Dance with My Father" won a Grammy. Seymour, a music critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , chronicles the mercurial ups and downs of the golden-throated singer in this superficial biography. Seymour recounts Vandross's lifelong love of music and the singer's early infatuations with girl groups, particularly Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Dionne Warwick. Vandross enrolled in Western Michigan University, but eventually dropped out to pursue a career as a composer.
Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross (Unabridged)
On April 16, , Luther Vandross suffered a near-fatal stroke, and the world held its breath. Inside sources said he might never sing again. With a will to live matched only by the enormous strength and power of his heart, soul, and singing talent, Luther survived and is regaining his voice. This biography is a loving tribute to the man who has entertained millions. Luther remains one of the music industry's most private celebrities.