I hope everybody had great Flag and Juneteenth Days! I sure did!
I’m currently reading four titles right now – the two I introduced in Chapter 14 as well as Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars: Making a Legend by Simon Van Booy and Harvey Briggs. So the most logical thing to do was add another book to that list.
And, here it is!
Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer by Collette McLafferty details a two-year period, in which the author had to go through the legal system. In April 2014, McLafferty was playing a P!NK cover band when she found herself named in a 112-page complaint. The person who sued was a personal injury lawyer, played drums for Michael Bolton, and had a dispute with the band leader claiming he stole the lawyer’s idea to form the first P!NK cover band in Long Island. Oh, and he was suing them for $10,000,000. Knowing that she was going to be involved for years to come, she took her case to the press. She made a call to The New York Post in hopes of leaving a message. However, she later discovered the headline “Singer Sued for Being Too Old and Too Ugly for P!NK Cover band” in the paper. he sensationalized headline told a story of a singer who was so “old, ugly and untalented” that her one-night performance prompted the lawyer to sue. This version of the events went viral worldwide and threatened to put an end to her 20-year professional history in the music business. The headlines alleged she “ruined” the P!NK cover band with her inferior looks and singing, triggering a deep depression. Determined to find justice, McLafferty fought the case and eventually introduced “Collette’s Law” with the help of The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda.
Much like everyone else reading this, I was shocked to learn that this actually happened. All of what went down felt too strange to be true, but as the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.
What makes the book interesting so far is that McLafferty writes what occurred several years after the fact. This allows her to process all of the events in the most objective way possible. Heck, she makes jokes about certain people and moments. That’s how one knows someone has moved from a tragedy. I can’t wait to read more of it!
We have now come to the end of the fifteenth chapter of “What Am I Reading?”
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