I’LL NEVER WRITE MY MEMOIRS
GRACE JONES Simon & Schuster £ 20 [ HB] – Autobiography This fascinating and lively book draws heavily on Grace Jones’s Jamaican heritage and her strict Bible upbringing; her family were all pastors except for her maternal grandmother’s first husband who’d left his wife to tour with Nat King Cole. Growing up, the androgynously beautiful Grace Jones went on to launch a career as a model in New York City, gracing the cover of Vogue and Elle. Jones’s striking look also proved to be a hit on the catwalks of Paris as well as the New York nightclub circuit where she became known as Queen of the Gay Discos, all leading to a recording contract and icon status. This memoir was “told” to Paul Morley who wrote the album cover sleeve notes for ZTT Records who were behind Jones’s Slave to the Rhythm, so they know each other well and this translates into a highly readable and engaging book. Grace Jones comes over as feisty but self-deprecating, honest though never salacious, wickedly funny but never bitchy. The title I’ll Never Write My Memoirs is taken from her self-penned song Art Groupie, which appeared on her 1981 album, Nightclubbing. We should be exceedingly happy she did… or at least got someone else to. All Hail! Miss Grace Jones!