Pride Life Magazine - - LITERATURE -

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!

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