Cher: All I Really Want to Do

Cher: All I Really Want to Do

by Daryl Easlea and Eddi Fiegel

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MONTCLAIR, NJ—Having sold more that 100 million records, topped the charts six consecutive decades, and starred in some of the most popular films of the past 30 years, Cher is one of the most enduringly successful stars of our time, and she’s still going strong in her 60s. For some, she is known simply as an entertainer, but for many, she is the symbol of survival. Her resilience and invincibility are central to her appeal. She perfected her chameleon-like power of reinvention long before younger acts like Madonna or Lady Gaga.

Cher: All I Really Want to Do (Backbeat Books, March 2013, $19.99) by Daryl Easlea and Eddi Fiegel explores all the stage personas, public images, and musical genres Cher has embraced over the years from Sonny & Cher to the Cher of the new millennium. This thorough biography also explores the star’s roots, letting readers peek inside life before fame, unfolding her Cinderella story—the poor girl from the valleys of California who grew up to be a star, mostly due to her determination and hard work. “I think you can invent your life as you go along,” she told Barbara Walters in 1985. “You’re born with a huge piece of paper or a canvas, and you can put anything on it you want to.”

Cher carved out a place for herself in fashion, film production, stage acting, screen acting, and music, winning awards in almost all of her creative avenues and setting trends. In fact, the Auto-Tune effect so popular in modern pop music was popularized by her single, “Believe.” This book includes detailed coverage of every major album, film, and tour, from “I Got You Babe” to “Half-Breed” to Mermaids and beyond. Easlea and Fiegel take the readers through the highs and lows of her career right up to her latest comeback alongside Christina Aguilera in Burlesque.

Cher: All I Really Want to Do is the inspirational story of the outsider who has overcome hardship and adversity to reach the upper echelons of fame and wealth.


Daryl Easlea is a music journalist and author. He has written four acclaimed books: Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco, The Story of the Supremes, Talent Is an Asset: The Story of Sparks, and Crazy in Love: The Beyoncé Knowles Biography.






Eddi Fiegel is a music and arts journalist and broadcaster. She is the author of acclaimed biographies of Cass Elliot and Bond film composer John Barry, and she writes for various British newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, and Mojo.

Also by Easlea and Fiegel: Madonna: Blond Ambition (Backbeat Books), 9781617130342

 March 2013            $19.99             Paperback Original          6 x 8.5”            272 pages         B&W photo insert        ISBN: 9781617134524

Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

Cher cover



Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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