I almost didn't read this book. With every book I read, I take a random page test. I open a book (or now as a Kindler user, read a sample) and assess the writing. There are some people who can't stand to see a spoon that's a bit askew in a table setting. I have a hard time if words don't sound right to me, if they don't fall within a cadence that pleases me. I can't help it; it's the way I'm wired.
So although I was incredibly happy to discover that this book exists, because I love all of these musicians, my heart sank when I read the sample. The words didn't sing; they clanked. So I didn't download it; I started another book, but it soon began to nag at me. I really wanted to read about these women. I decided in this instance, I would put up with awkward phrasing. I began reading and was hooked.
I did feel ambivalent about being so absorbed in this book. It's really all about these women's private lives. They did make their fame and fortune by writing autobiographical songs, but do I really need to know more? Where is the line drawn? After reading this book, I feel that I have a much fuller sense of these musicians and also of the famous people in their lives.I enjoyed it thoroughly and at times wondered. I think if you are fans of their music, it is a very interesting read.