God, Brian Jones & Me

The Sixties & the Rolling Stones Murder

Non-Fiction - Memoir
384 Pages
Reviewed on 11/20/2018
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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite

God, Brian Jones & Me: The Sixties & Rolling Stones Murder by Gloria Shepherd is a no-holds-barred autobiography of an amazing woman that relived countless horrors of neglect, and physical and emotional abuse while growing up in a dysfunctional Sicilian family. Growing up in New York and being part of an Italian Catholic community ruled by organized crime, Gloria was the target of ridicule and contempt for never being taught how to bathe, dress, or even grooming. Her only comfort was with her grandmother and the stray cats that she befriended. When she finally gets into high school, she finds out that she is smart and she begins to pave her own way in life. Then she gets caught up in the British invasion when she meets the Rolling Stones.

Ms. Shepherd does an amazing job of relating what her life was like in the Big Apple, her time working in the United Nations, and then as a manager of a rock band that was offered a chance at the big time. Gloria gives an account of her marriages, abusive husbands, overbearing mother, and ungrateful children that were brainwashed by their father and grandmother. Just when she finally wants to end it all, she is somehow not allowed to succeed even after being pronounced dead. Then after a second suicide attempt lead to an inspired calling by a higher power as an aspiring author, she created this work with a sarcastic sense of humor that constantly entertained me; the emotional rollercoaster ride of her incredible life that was a truly inspirational experience. God, Brian Jones & Me: The Sixties and Rolling Stones Murder is a must-read for anyone that has any doubts of a higher power and answering a calling. I was entertained on all levels. All I could say at the end was bravo! Encore!

Darryl Greer

God, Brian Jones & Me is Gloria Shepherd’s autobiography. And it is a painful read. Painful because the author, now in her seventies, has drawn on a life of pain and abuse to write it. She describes her journey in gut-wrenching detail, from a toddler in the care — if that is the right word — of an alcoholic father and a barbarous, pedophile mother, through her abusive relationships to where she is today. If the reader is not all that interested in other people’s domestic problems, there is much more to hold their interest — the title itself as well as its subtitle, The Sixties & The Rolling Stones Murder, hint at the conspiracy theories the book contains. And there are many of those. The author writes of her time as manager of a rock band, working at the United Nations in New York, her fascination with the USSR, her love of animals large and small, as well as some insight she had into the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. And her relationship with God.

There will be readers who will not believe a lot of what God, Brian Jones & Me contains. Even Gloria Shepherd herself hints at this in her book. But it should be read with an open mind and even if some aspects prove difficult to accept, the book is a fascinating insight into how some people are forced to exist, especially when they are innocent children. The writing itself is easy to read and to absorb. If there is a downside, I wonder whether there is a little too much written about the author’s domestic situations. Some people may feel they have enough of their own problems at home to worry about. But that aside, the story of this author’s life will shock, it will fascinate, it will intrigue. But boring it won’t be!

K.C. Finn

God, Brian Jones & Me: The Sixties & the Rolling Stones Murder is a work of memoir non fiction written by author Gloria Shepherd. In this harrowing and incredible true to life account, author Gloria Shepherd is candid about her feelings of emptiness, unwantedness and wanting to die her whole life long. As a seriously abused and unwanted child, Gloria holds nothing back as she explains her long history of mistreatment and the journey that led her to wanting to commit suicide, and actually succeeding in being pronounced dead for a short while. On her return, Gloria realized that God has a plan for everyone, and she uses this newfound faith during her cathartic writings to instill a message of hope in her readers.

Gloria Shepherd’s autobiographical work is both sensational to read in terms of its content and inspirational from the angle of hope that it portrays. She has led a fascinating life, from humble and horrible beginnings as an abused child, rising to intriguing jobs around the USA and being party to secret and conspiratorial information. As part of this tale, she unveils the murder of a prominent rock star and her role in knowing about it, and at the same her overall message of God’s plan rings true and helps bring courage to people who realize the difficulties of the world we live in. The horrible side of human nature is a difficult subject to pose, but God, Brian Jones & Me: The Sixties & the Rolling Stones Murder masters it well.