The definitive biography of the R&B singer who died tragically in a plane crash at the age of 22. She was already doing films and other creative projects, along with her hit records, which made the timing of her death so hard for so many to bear. She had already worked with the best in the industry who saw her precocious talent firsthand. Aaliyah's music will soon be available for streaming 20 years after her death.
By twenty-two years old, Aaliyah had already accomplished a staggering amount: hit records, acclaimed acting roles, and fame that was just about to cross over into superstardom. Like her song, she was already “more than a woman” but her shocking death in a plane crash prevented her from fully growing into one.
Now, two decades later, the full story of Aaliyah’s life and cultural impact is finally and lovingly explored. Baby Girl features never-before-told stories, including studio anecdotes, personal tales, and eyewitness accounts on the events leading up to her untimely passing. Her enduring influence on today’s artists—such as Rihanna, Drake, Lana del Rey, and many more—is also revealed, providing Aaliyah’s discography a cultural critique that is long overdue.
Eye-opening, moving, and as unforgettable as its subject, Baby Girl is a necessary read for anyone who has been touched by Aaliyah’s music and story.
This book was written without the participation of Aaliyah’s family/estate.
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|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Bahni Turpin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
Introduction: Good-bye, Summer xv
Chapter 1 Get Your Motor Running 1
Chapter 2 Age Ain't Nothing but a Number 13
Chapter 3 R. Kelly's Lost Survivor 37
Chapter 4 Tabula Rasa 59
Chapter 5 One in a Million 79
Chapter 6 Tommy Girl 93
Chapter 7 Baby Steps 107
Chapter 8 Romeo Must Try 125
Chapter 9 Take It Personal 137
Chapter 10 Things Fall Apart 155
Chapter 11 Life after Death 189
Chapter 12 Please Don't Stop the Music 199
Chapter 13 Came to Give Love 211
Chapter 14 4-Page Letters 223
Photo Outro One: Shooting Your Shot 245
Photo Outro Two: The Perfect Shot 249
Photo Outro Three: The Final Shot 257