R&Books: Still So Excited (review)

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I kindled this book after seeing Ruth, the deep-voiced Pointer Sister, on Wendy Williams. The book instantly had me hooked with its wild, riveting tales of drinking and drugging.

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All of this carrying-on was a surprise to me, because I’ve always thought of the Pointer Sisters, who are daughters of a pastor, as a tame pop act.

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Ruth’s story is one of redemption as she cleans up and finds her way back to God. But the book also details the downfall of the stunning, gap-toothed baby sister, June.

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June struggled with sexual abuse, drugs and mental illness since she was a teen, and she spent her final years in a house gutted of the accoutrements of her world-class success, surround by sycophants and armed members of the Crips. The parallel stories of Ruth and June depict life as a game of chance marked by tragedy and grace.

But the book is in no way a total downer. One of the funniest anecdotes concerns the Pointer Sisters’ Car Wash co-star Richard Pryor. Once, the Pointer Sisters opened for him at a concert in New Jersey. When Richard took the stage, he said: “How about those fabulous Pointer Sisters? Those girls can sing, can’t they? But they just won’t give me no pussy!”

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