THE PICTURE LIFE OF WHITNEY HOUSTON by Gene Busnar

THE PICTURE LIFE OF WHITNEY HOUSTON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In Watts' series on current celebrities, here's a biography of a pop singer who is arguably (at the moment) number one in her field. Since Houston is in her early 20s and has led a firmly normal life, except for early involvement in music and modeling, there is not a lot to say. Busnar fills space by ranging through Gospel music, Aretha Franklin, and Houston's mother (Cissy Houston), also a respected singer--all depicted as influences on Houston's talent. The balance of the book consists of information pieced together from newspaper and magazine clippings, with rudimentary data on Houston's life and ideas and ending with the release of her second album. There are many black-and-white photos. Busnar, who has written other books about rock, uses a style--complete with lapses in grammar--that can be kindly described as appropriate for a fan magazine. The result is a condescending piece of ephemera supplying rapidly dating information, more easily and inexpensively picked up at a newsstand.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1988
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Watts