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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!