Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped

by Cissy Houston


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The definitive account of Whitney Houston’s astonishing life, ground-breaking career, and tragic death — complete with never-before-seen photographs — from the only one who truly knows the story behind the headlines: her mother, Cissy Houston.

Cissy has said little publicly about Whitney’s heart-breaking death. Now, for the first time, she opens up and shares the unbelievable story of her daughter’s life, as well as her own, and addresses Whitney’s brightest and darkest moments.

A legendary Grammy Award–winning gospel singer in her own right, Cissy Houston shows how the lessons from her own musical journey helped to shape Whitney’s career — from teaching Whitney to use her voice, to keeping her level-headed throughout her meteoric rise to fame.

With candor and respect, she sets the record straight about Whitney, exploring both her turbulent marriage and her misunderstood struggles with drug abuse. Cissy goes behind the tabloid headlines to show fans around the world the true, human side of a strong, successful — yet flawed — musical icon who died much too young.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062238399
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Pages: 297
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Cissy Houston is a Grammy Award-winning soul and gospel singer and the mother of the late superstar Whitney Houston.

Lisa Dickey has been a freelance ghostwriter and book doctor since 1997. She has helped write and edit fourteen nonfiction books, including seven New York Times bestsellers.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Part 1

Chapter 1 The Night the Music Stopped 3

Chapter 2 A Child of Newark 10

Chapter 3 The Gospel Truth 31

Chapter 4 Sweet Inspirations 51

Chapter 5 Life on Dodd Street 73

Chapter 6 Training the Voice 96

Chapter 7 Separation 110

Part 2

Chapter 8 Enter Clive Davis 127

Chapter 9 Fame 142

Chapter 10 Welcome Home Heroes 161

Chapter 11 The Bodyguard … and Bobby Brown 180

Chapter 12 "I Never Asked for this Madness" 195

Chapter 13 "I Know Him So Well" 213

Chapter 14 A Very Bad Year 232

Part 3

Chapter 15 Atlanta 253

Chapter 16 The Intervention 266

Chapter 17 The Comeback 279

Chapter 18 "I Look to You" 294

Chapter 19 Bringing My Daughter Home 308

Epilogue 318

Acknowledgments 325

Selected Cissy Houston Discography 335

Selected Whitney Houston Discography 340

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