This is a celebration of the life of musical legend Donna Summer: international singing sensation and superstar.
Author and dedicated admirer Nik A Ramli takes us from Donna's early days singing in church choirs to the peak of her career in the 1970s - when 'Love To Love You Baby' and 'Hot Stuff' changed the way music was made - and describes how her musical output constantly evolved in the years that followed.
The book features interviews with other famous names from the industry including Gloria Gaynor, Paul Gambaccini and Pete Waterman, plus the input of an international selection of fans and musicians.
There were ups and downs for Donna Summer, personally and professionally, but her outstanding talent and unique voice never faltered and she continued to produce work that will live on for years to come; her tracks are frequently covered, sampled and used for film and TV soundtracks. Her tragic death at the age of 63 shocked fans eagerly awaiting news of her next album.
Nik A Ramli's account of Donna Summer's sensational career proves that she was indeed a truly versatile and inspirational singer and songwriter, not only the Queen Of Disco!
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An established interior designer with a style that is fresh, warm, luxurious and contemporary with an arty twist providing laid back glamour with bespoke artwork and furnishings.
Nik, who graduated with a Master's Degree, had his own weekly guest slot on a live breakfast TV show ('Hello On Two (HOT)' on RTM TV2) discussing interior design. The nine episodes were specially made to make the most of the opportunity of a three month visit to Malaysia.
Known for creating easy-to-live with modern schemes through his lively, playful and sensual approach, Nik A Ramli believes that with a little careful planning, design classics and budget can be combined to dazzling effect. In all Nik's work there is a focus on statement styling. This styling makes use of colours, collectables, plants as well as an awareness of good lighting that defines a space and creates different moods. Nik can and will tailor a project to work with the largest and smallest of budgets.
He is a contributor to national and international magazines, newspapers, has been interviewed on a number of radio stations, featured on the popular daily TV programmes and promotional films on subjects related to interior design. In his career Nik has been interviewed alongside some of the UK's most popular BBC and Channel 4 TV presenters. In April 2012 he was asked to suggest furniture retailers in Kuala Lumpur to sponsor NTV7's 'Bella' TV show.
Nik's good commercial sense, product knowledge and savvy public relation abilities have enabled him to become a successful interior designer in his own right.
"...this is a complete biography that covers everything...It's meticulous in the extreme...essential for any Summer obsessives."- Gay Times Oct 2012
"This account of her career will delight fans and prove that the one-time Queen of Disco had evolved into an all-round artist...and gives an insight into why, even after all the controversy, she is still a huge icon for the gay community."- Bent Sept 2012
"Nik A Ramli has dug deep...to paint a portrait of a very creative talent, extremely well researched and informative." "Ramli takes a different and personal look at her life and career full of highs, million-selling and Grammy Award-winning records, attempts at being a movie star, her retreat back to gospel, and her love of painting." "Drawing from a number of quality publications and interviews...the book was written before her untimely death and is best read with that in mind." "...an enjoyable read for soul and general pop fans."- The Beat Sept 2012
"This tribute to the life and music of the late Donna Summer, the queen of disco, offers an insight into her career and the evolution of her brand of music. Featuring exclusive interviews with Gloria Gaynor and Paul Gambaccini, this book also contains photographs of Donna through the years, as well as thoughts by fans and friends."- Her World Nov 2012
"The level of detail is forensic... it's fascinating to read that the Stock, Aitken, Waterman-produced Another Place And Time LP and hit single I Don't Wanna Get Hurt nearly didn't see the light of day..."- Record Collector Feb 2013
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