Etta James Has Died

By Jason Boog Comment

Music legend and author Etta James has passed away. She was 73 years old.

In the video embedded above, James sang her classic tune, “At Last.” In 1995, she co-wrote a memoir with David Ritz, a book called Rage To Survive: The Etta James Story. Follow this link to read excerpts from her memoir.

Here’s one review of her book: “This is a personal testament to one woman’s struggle to survive. Etta doesn’t seem to leave much out, but she’s largely non-judgemental, both about her own failings and those of others. She tells of her own demons and how self-doubt and her heroin addiction threatened to destroy her, but she never descends into self-pity. There are numerous stories about those she has known and worked with, including Johnny Otis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Esther Phillips and Bo Diddley.”