An intimate and fascinating autobiographical journey into Rita’s personal story of survival as well as her professional emergence as an influential force amid the iconic music and musicians the built the foundation of the 60’s – 70’s pop/rock universe in American culture.
Many male rock stars of the Sixties and Seventies have released memoirs, presenting their version of the time as one of debauchery, pleasure and sexual privilege. When the era’s women tell their stories, though, a darker side emerges. Coolidge tells of her musical success but also the indignities she and others suffered at the hands of some of the era’s greatest talents. Also intriguing — her claim that she was denied credit for writing one of the most recognizable musical passages in rock history, the piano coda to ‘Layla.’