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Becoming Beyonce : The Untold Story

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She's adored by her millions of fans, writes and performs songs that move and inspire, but Beyonce is truly known by very few. Now highly acclaimed biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli reveals the woman behind the star. In Becoming Beyonce: The Untold Story he takes us from a childhood spent performing in talent shows to finding worldwide success with her group, Destiny's Child, managed by her father Matthew. Beyonce's first solo album, Dangerously in Love, went straight to number one and she has to date released a total of five albums which have sold 75 million copies.

Beyonce prefers to keep her personal life with husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy carefully under lock and key. She may be a top performer, fashion idol and business mogul in her own right, but fame has come at personal sacrifice and with private heartbreak. Based on exhaustive research, including exclusive interviews with those who have played pivotal roles in her life and career, the book reveals the hard-earned lessons 'Queen Bey' has learned about love, life, loyalty and family.

Insightful and entertaining, this is the first authoritative biography of the most famous woman in the world today and a must-have for the 'Bey Hive'.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 162 x 243 x 42mm | 815g
  • Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 0283072253
  • 9780283072253
  • 176,082

Table of contents

Section - i: Author's Note
Section - ii: Prologue: A New Dawning


Unit - Part One: Tina & Mathew
Chapter - 1: Tina
Chapter - 2: Mathew
Chapter - 3: Engaged
Chapter - 4: Trapped
Chapter - 5: Headliners
Chapter - 6: Childhood Days
Chapter - 7: "People Don't Need to Know"
Chapter - 8: A Real Find
Chapter - 9: Family First
Chapter - 10: Andretta
Chapter - 11: Ninth Birthday
Chapter - 12: Crossroads
Chapter - 13: Fine-Tuning
Chapter - 14: "A Family We Get to Choose"
Chapter - 15: Buckin' and Poppin'
Chapter - 16: First Recording Session
Chapter - 17: California Bound
Chapter - 18: A Star Is Born
Chapter - 19: Parents' Reaction
Chapter - 20: Mathew Makes His Move
Chapter - 21: A Fateful Meeting
Chapter - 22: Beyonce's Hurt Feelings
Chapter - 23: Mathew Taking Over?
Chapter - 24: What to Do About Kelly?
Chapter - 25: Star Search
Chapter - 26: The Blame Game
Chapter - 27: Life-Changing Decision
Chapter - 27: Tina Smooths Things with Andretta
Unit - Part Two: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Chapter - 28: Ashley Leaves Girls Tyme
Chapter - 29: An Important Lesson
Chapter - 30: Desperate Times
Chapter - 31: Dissension in the Ranks
Chapter - 32: Lyndall
Chapter - 33: In Atlanta: The Dolls
Chapter - 34: Rejections-and Then a Deal!
Chapter - 35: "Show Business Is a Lot of Things . . ."
Chapter - 36: First Date
Chapter - 37: Disappointment
Chapter - 38: Financial and Marital Woes
Chapter - 39: Big Changes
Chapter - 40: Destiny
Chapter - 41: Columbia/Sony
Unit - Part Three: Destiny's Child
Chapter - 42: Signing with Columbia/Sony
Chapter - 43: Ice Cream Summit
Chapter - 44: Tina's Request
Chapter - 45: Recording the First Hit
Chapter - 46: Recording the First Album
Chapter - 47: "No Woman Deserves This"
Chapter - 48: 5-16-97
Chapter - 49: Vigil
Chapter - 50: Their Time Has Come
Chapter - 51: Success
Chapter - 52: Lyndall-No Direction?
Chapter - 53: First Impressions
Chapter - 54: Tina, Stylist
Chapter - 55: Prepping for the Second Album
Chapter - 56: The Writing's on the Wall
Chapter - 57: Lyndall's Nineteenth
Chapter - 58: Living the Dream
Chapter - 59: Vocal Lessons
Chapter - 60: Group Turmoil
Chapter - 61: Sour Energy
Chapter - 62: Disaffirmation
Chapter - 63: Depression
Chapter - 64: Beyonce's Missive
Chapter - 65: Quitting Destiny's Child?
Chapter - 66: "Tomorrow, We Fight Back"
Chapter - 67: Moving Forward with New Girls
Chapter - 68: Lyndall Lacks Purpose
Chapter - 69: Beyonce Makes a Decision about Farrah
Unit - Part Four: Independent Women
Chapter - 70: Destiny's Three
Chapter - 71: Why Ruin the Moment?
Chapter - 72: A Man in Her Life. Not a Boy.
Chapter - 73: She of Little Experience
Chapter - 74: First Screen Kiss
Chapter - 75: Carmen: A Hip Hopera
Chapter - 76: Enter Jay Z
Chapter - 77: "Bootylicious"
Chapter - 78: Survivor
Chapter - 79: Lyndall Worries About Jay Z
Chapter - 80: Andretta's Estate Sues
Chapter - 81: Beyonce's Deposition
Chapter - 82: Mathew's Deposition
Chapter - 83: Tina's Deposition
Chapter - 84: Austin Powers in Goldmember
Chapter - 85: Panic
Chapter - 86: Solo Careers
Chapter - 87: Beyonce Doesn't Forget
Chapter - 88: World Tour 2002
Chapter - 89: Settlements
Unit - Part Five: Jay Z
Chapter - 90: Jay
Chapter - 91: "'03 Bonnie & Clyde"
Chapter - 92: Dangerously in Love
Chapter - 93: "Crazy in Love"
Chapter - 94: The Birth of Sasha Fierce
Chapter - 95: Father Issues
Chapter - 96: Brand Beyonce
Chapter - 97: Destiny Fulfilled
Chapter - 98: Schooling Each Other
Chapter - 99: Choosing: Lyndall or Jay?
Unit - Part Six: Dreamgirl
Chapter - 100: The Problem with Dreamgirls
Chapter - 101: Beauty Is Pain
Chapter - 102: Jay Z's "Affair" with Rihanna
Chapter - 103: B'Day
Chapter - 104: Alex
Chapter - 105: About to Blow?
Chapter - 106: The Beyonce Experience
Chapter - 107: I Am . . . Sasha Fierce
Chapter - 108: Cadillac Records and Obsessed
Chapter - 109: Beyonce Marries Jay
Chapter - 110: Obama
Chapter - 111: Trouble Brewing
Chapter - 112: Alex and Mathew Expecting
Chapter - 113: Beyonce's Audit of Mathew
Chapter - 114: Powder Keg
Chapter - 115: Fractured Souls
Chapter - 116: Tina Files for Divorce
Chapter - 117: Nixon
Chapter - 118: The Death of Sasha Fierce
Chapter - 119: Mystery at Parkwood
Chapter - 120: The Hard Choice
Chapter - 121: Mathew Fights Back
Chapter - 122: 4
Chapter - 123: Full Circle
Chapter - 124: Life Is But a Dream
Unit - Part Seven: Run The World
Chapter - 125: Blue Ivy
Chapter - 126: Going Forward
Chapter - 127: Mathew Today
Chapter - 128: A New Life for Tina
Chapter - 129: Beyonce: The Secret Album
Chapter - 130: Prologue to a Scandal
Chapter - 131: The Elevator
Chapter - 132: Matriarch in Charge
Chapter - 133: "Alone Together in a Crowd"


Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements
Section - iv: Source Notes
Acknowledgements - v: Personal Acknowledgments
Index - vi: Index
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About J. Randy Taraborrelli

J. Randy Taraborrelli is the bestselling author of Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness, Madonna: An Intimate Biography, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth, Once Upon a Time: The Story of Princess Grace, Prince Rainier and Their Family and Call Her Miss Ross.
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