Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy : Songbird - By Those Who Knew Her Authorised by Hugh and Barbara Cassidy

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Eva Cassidy is a phenomenon. Her album "Songbird" topped the charts and has gone platinum. All her other albums have reached the Top 40, Songbird selling 950,000 in 18 months. Her success is even more amazing since she has reached the top without expensive marketing campaigns; her success has come through the quality of her voice and word-of-mouth. Eva's story is the more astonishing in that in 1996 she died of cancer at the age of 33, virtually unknown outside the Washington area where she grew up and performed. It was only when Terry Wogan played her version of "Over the Rainbow" two years ago that her incredible career really began. Her fans know little about Eva partly because her friends and family are naturally reticent and wish to honour her memory. Now Eva's story can be told - by her parents Hugh and Barbara Cassidy and by Eva's friends.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 200 x 244 x 24mm | 721.21g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 60 Colour Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0752847791
  • 9780752847795

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Eva Cassidy was something of a phenomenon. Her album Songbird topped the charts and swiftly went platinum. All of her other albums did equally well, and the acclaim for her voice is matched by the fact that her rendition of Over the Rainbow is one of most requested videos in Top of the Pops' history. What makes her different from so many of her talentless peers is the fact that Cassidy reached the top sans marketing hype, relying on the quality of her voice and word of mouth to make her mark. In 1996, Eva died of cancer, aged 33, virtually unknown at the time outside of the Washington area where she grew up. Her remarkable and tragic story is told in this fascinating biography. As with all such books, purple prose is not avoided throughout, but the worst excesses of showbiz biographies are held at bay. This is a remarkable story of a remarkable woman, and the style here more than does justice to Cassidy's story.show more

About Rob Burley

Rob Burley is a producer on Tonight with Trevor McDonald and former producerof the Jonathan Dimbleby Programme. Jonathan Maitland is an investigative journalist who has worked on the Today Programme and Watchdog as well as Tonight with Trevor McDonald.show more

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