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A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston

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Houston could be loyal: when, in the early days of their friendship, Crawford was employed at a car dealership and couldn’t sell a single car, Houston dropped in and bought one from her, without so much as taking it for a test-drive. I remember how excited I was the Christmas I got a pink, dual cassette boombox with a microphone and the Whitney album on cassette tape. The warping effect of denial isn’t easily shrugged off and there is an overwhelming sense, both in the book and in person, of someone running a gamut of internal barriers.

By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. For me she is the voice of triumph which is why, as a fan, I was angry about her downfall and death. Through robyn's book you see whitney was essentially an addict in its fullest form - it is really sad. This honestly to me is the most real, raw, and honest version of Whitney Houston that I have read since her death. Only Whitney's family and that alone speaks volumes as this "concern" was coming from another place and not Whitney's well-being, but merely as their cash-cow.It was unclear why more wasn't done to protect Houston's assets and best interests financially and otherwise. However, years later at the 1991 Welcome home heroes concert, Whitney sang this song and Robyn herself mentioned when she sang she sounded like she was in agony. Loved her inclusion of different moments of musical history and song-based lessons she was a part of thanks to Whitney. Everyone knows she and Bobby Brown were a highly dysfunctional couple but this book did confirm that drugs were a part of her life long before he entered the picture. This is not a tell all, as other reviewers have said, and it still feels like Robyn is holding back due to how private of a person Whitney was.

Houston became mega-famous when she signed with Arista Records: with a string of number one hit records and sold out concert tours world wide-- her relationship with Crawford was constantly scrutinized by the press. Also greedy people who only care about how much money an Artist can make and how much of it they can grab from them without any thought for the Artist's wellbeing. To those who did this: you are not true “Goodreaders” b/c if you were you would understand that everybody deserves to tell their truth. Her experiences with homophobia didn't just concern her own life and romantic relationships: her uncle was gay, and so was her brother. Robyn and Whitney were initially lovers but could not maintain that relationship due to how it would appear to Whitney’s fans as well as Whitney’s strict, conservative, religious family.

I do think Robyn was able to show there really was something special about Whitney and I am glad I read this book. Once a year or so, I fall down a serious Whitney Houston rabbit hole: rare tracks, YouTube videos, documentaries, articles… so reading Robyn Crawford’s memoir was a no-brainer.

Whitney, the fascinating 2018 documentary that unpacked much of the complexity behind Houston's pristine (until it wasn't) image, made clear that Crawford was a crucial person in the star's life, but Crawford declined to be interviewed for that film and thus remained an enigma. Robyn really knew Whitney better than anyone and she humanised her throughout this book and made sure Whitney was present on every single page.Robyn’s attraction to women was real and powerful, and Whitney knew this because she felt it herself.

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