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Published by Gallery Books on September 29, 2015
Pages: 400 pages
Legendary influential performer Grace Jones offers a revealing account of her spectacular career and turbulent life, charting the development of a persona that has made her one of the world’s most recognizable artists.
As a singer, model, and actress—a deluxe triple threat—Grace has consistently been an extreme, challenging presence in the entertainment world since her emergence as an international model in the 1970s. Celebrated for her audacious talent and trailblazing style, Grace became one of the most unforgettable, free-spirited characters to emerge from the historic Studio 54, recording glittering disco classics such as “I Need a Man” and “La Vie en Rose.” Her provocative shows in underground New York nightclubs saw her hailed as a disco queen, gay icon, and gender defying iconoclast.
In 1980, the always ambitious Grace escaped a crowded disco scene to pursue more experimental interests. Her music also broke free, blending house, reggae, and electronica into a timeless hybrid that led to classic hits such as “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Slave to the Rhythm.” In the memoir she once promised never to write, Grace offers an intimate insight into her evolving style, personal philosophies, and varied career—including her roles in the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and the James Bond movie A View to a Kill.
Featuring sixteen pages of stunning full-color photographs, many from her own personal archive, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs follows this ageless creative nomad as she rejects her strict religious upbringing in Jamaica; conquers New York, Paris, and the 1980s; answers to no-one; and lives to fight again and again.
I’m a fan of Grace Jones & her music but my all-time favorite memory of Grace Jones was watching her play the villain, May Day in the movie, A View to A Kill. I was 11 years old when the film was released in theaters. Grace Jones was/is a bad ass on & off the screen, and it’s still true til this day.
When I read that Grace Jones was releasing about a book about her life – I nearly jumped out of my skin. “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs” is the perfect title for Ms. Jones. Even though the book is written (as told to Paul Morley) – it reads as though Grace is talking directly to the reader.
Grace starts the book by saying, “I won’t tell all my secrets, but enough. Enough for you to think, I don’t believe you. That never happened.” Yes!!! This is the Grace Jones we all love to love because there’s no possible way you can ever hate THE GRACE JONES!!
Grace takes readers through her strict upbringing, party & drug scene, modeling world, and love affairs. I forgot she used to date Dolph Lundgren. For those who doesn’t know who Dolph Lundgren – he’s the guy that killed Apollo Creed. Well… not exactly – it was in a Rocky movie, not real life.
If you are wondering where the pop stars of today like Lady Gaga, Madonna, and etc “borrowed” their style from – look no further. Grace Jones has been blazing trails for years. Will you feel as though you know Grace Jones after reading this book. Yes & No! Grace Jones will always be a mystery to her fans – that’s one of the reasons she is loved by millions.
If you are a fan of Grace Jones – Buy the book! If you don’t know who Grace Jones is – Buy the Book!
Reviewed by: Orsayor