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Becoming Beyoncé: the untold story

Becoming Beyoncé: the untold story

Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author

Based on exhaustive research, including exclusive interviews with those who have played pivotal roles in her life and career, the book reveals the hard-earned lessons 'Queen Bey' has learned about love, life, loyalty and family. Insightful and entertaining, this is the first authoritative biography of Beyoncé, the most famous woman in the world today and a must-have for the 'Bey Hive'

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Pan Books, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: J. Randy Taraborrelli
ISBN: 1447286359, 9781447286356
Note: Originally published: London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 2015.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xi, 470 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Women singers United States Biography.; Biography.; Singers United States Biography.; Beyoncé, 1981-

Contents

  1. Section - i: Author's Note
  2. Section - ii: Prologue: A New Dawning
  3. Unit - Part One: Tina & Mathew
  4. Chapter - 1: Tina
  5. Chapter - 2: Mathew
  6. Chapter - 3: Engaged
  7. Chapter - 4: Trapped
  8. Chapter - 5: Headliners
  9. Chapter - 6: Childhood Days
  10. Chapter - 7: "People Don't Need to Know"
  11. Chapter - 8: A Real Find
  12. Chapter - 9: Family First
  13. Chapter - 10: Andretta
  14. Chapter - 11: Ninth Birthday
  15. Chapter - 12: Crossroads
  16. Chapter - 13: Fine-Tuning
  17. Chapter - 14: "A Family We Get to Choose"
  18. Chapter - 15: Buckin' and Poppin'
  19. Chapter - 16: First Recording Session
  20. Chapter - 17: California Bound
  21. Chapter - 18: A Star Is Born
  22. Chapter - 19: Parents' Reaction
  23. Chapter - 20: Mathew Makes His Move
  24. Chapter - 21: A Fateful Meeting
  25. Chapter - 22: BeyoncÚ's Hurt Feelings
  26. Chapter - 23: Mathew Taking Over?
  27. Chapter - 24: What to Do About Kelly?
  28. Chapter - 25: Star Search
  29. Chapter - 26: The Blame Game
  30. Chapter - 27: Life-Changing Decision
  31. Chapter - 27: Tina Smooths Things with Andretta
  32. Unit - Part Two: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
  33. Chapter - 28: Ashley Leaves Girls Tyme
  34. Chapter - 29: An Important Lesson
  35. Chapter - 30: Desperate Times
  36. Chapter - 31: Dissension in the Ranks
  37. Chapter - 32: Lyndall
  38. Chapter - 33: In Atlanta: The Dolls
  39. Chapter - 34: Rejections-and Then a Deal!
  40. Chapter - 35: "Show Business Is a Lot of Things . . ."
  41. Chapter - 36: First Date
  42. Chapter - 37: Disappointment
  43. Chapter - 38: Financial and Marital Woes
  44. Chapter - 39: Big Changes
  45. Chapter - 40: Destiny
  46. Chapter - 41: Columbia/Sony
  47. Unit - Part Three: Destiny's Child
  48. Chapter - 42: Signing with Columbia/Sony
  49. Chapter - 43: Ice Cream Summit
  50. Chapter - 44: Tina's Request
  51. Chapter - 45: Recording the First Hit
  52. Chapter - 46: Recording the First Album
  53. Chapter - 47: "No Woman Deserves This"
  54. Chapter - 48: 5-16-97
  55. Chapter - 49: Vigil
  56. Chapter - 50: Their Time Has Come
  57. Chapter - 51: Success
  58. Chapter - 52: Lyndall-No Direction?
  59. Chapter - 53: First Impressions
  60. Chapter - 54: Tina, Stylist
  61. Chapter - 55: Prepping for the Second Album
  62. Chapter - 56: The Writing's on the Wall
  63. Chapter - 57: Lyndall's Nineteenth
  64. Chapter - 58: Living the Dream
  65. Chapter - 59: Vocal Lessons
  66. Chapter - 60: Group Turmoil
  67. Chapter - 61: Sour Energy
  68. Chapter - 62: Disaffirmation
  69. Chapter - 63: Depression
  70. Chapter - 64: BeyoncÚ's Missive
  71. Chapter - 65: Quitting Destiny's Child?
  72. Chapter - 66: "Tomorrow, We Fight Back"
  73. Chapter - 67: Moving Forward with New Girls
  74. Chapter - 68: Lyndall Lacks Purpose
  75. Chapter - 69: BeyoncÚ Makes a Decision about Farrah
  76. Unit - Part Four: Independent Women
  77. Chapter - 70: Destiny's Three
  78. Chapter - 71: Why Ruin the Moment?
  79. Chapter - 72: A Man in Her Life. Not a Boy.
  80. Chapter - 73: She of Little Experience
  81. Chapter - 74: First Screen Kiss
  82. Chapter - 75: Carmen: A Hip Hopera
  83. Chapter - 76: Enter Jay Z
  84. Chapter - 77: "Bootylicious"
  85. Chapter - 78: Survivor
  86. Chapter - 79: Lyndall Worries About Jay Z
  87. Chapter - 80: Andretta's Estate Sues
  88. Chapter - 81: BeyoncÚ's Deposition
  89. Chapter - 82: Mathew's Deposition
  90. Chapter - 83: Tina's Deposition
  91. Chapter - 84: Austin Powers in Goldmember
  92. Chapter - 85: Panic
  93. Chapter - 86: Solo Careers
  94. Chapter - 87: BeyoncÚ Doesn't Forget
  95. Chapter - 88: World Tour 2002
  96. Chapter - 89: Settlements
  97. Unit - Part Five: Jay Z
  98. Chapter - 90: Jay
  99. Chapter - 91: "'03 Bonnie & Clyde"
  100. Chapter - 92: Dangerously in Love
  101. Chapter - 93: "Crazy in Love"
  102. Chapter - 94: The Birth of Sasha Fierce
  103. Chapter - 95: Father Issues
  104. Chapter - 96: Brand BeyoncÚ
  105. Chapter - 97: Destiny Fulfilled
  106. Chapter - 98: Schooling Each Other
  107. Chapter - 99: Choosing: Lyndall or Jay?
  108. Unit - Part Six: Dreamgirl
  109. Chapter - 100: The Problem with Dreamgirls
  110. Chapter - 101: Beauty Is Pain
  111. Chapter - 102: Jay Z's "Affair" with Rihanna
  112. Chapter - 103: B'Day
  113. Chapter - 104: Alex
  114. Chapter - 105: About to Blow?
  115. Chapter - 106: The BeyoncÚ Experience
  116. Chapter - 107: I Am . . . Sasha Fierce
  117. Chapter - 108: Cadillac Records and Obsessed
  118. Chapter - 109: BeyoncÚ Marries Jay
  119. Chapter - 110: Obama
  120. Chapter - 111: Trouble Brewing
  121. Chapter - 112: Alex and Mathew Expecting
  122. Chapter - 113: BeyoncÚ's Audit of Mathew
  123. Chapter - 114: Powder Keg
  124. Chapter - 115: Fractured Souls
  125. Chapter - 116: Tina Files for Divorce
  126. Chapter - 117: Nixon
  127. Chapter - 118: The Death of Sasha Fierce
  128. Chapter - 119: Mystery at Parkwood
  129. Chapter - 120: The Hard Choice
  130. Chapter - 121: Mathew Fights Back
  131. Chapter - 122
  132. Chapter - 123: Full Circle
  133. Chapter - 124: Life Is But a Dream
  134. Unit - Part Seven: Run The World
  135. Chapter - 125: Blue Ivy
  136. Chapter - 126: Going Forward
  137. Chapter - 127: Mathew Today
  138. Chapter - 128: A New Life for Tina
  139. Chapter - 129: BeyoncÚ: The Secret Album
  140. Chapter - 130: Prologue to a Scandal
  141. Chapter - 131: The Elevator
  142. Chapter - 132: Matriarch in Charge
  143. Chapter - 133: "Alone Together in a Crowd"
  144. Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements
  145. Section - iv: Source Notes
  146. Acknowledgements - v: Personal Acknowledgments
  147. Index - vi: Index

Author note

J. Randy Taraborrelli is the bestselling author of Michael Jackson: The Magic and the Madness, Madonna: An Intimate Biography, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth, Once Upon a Time: The Story of Princess Grace, Prince Rainier and Their Family and Call Her Miss Ross.

Back cover copy

She's adored by millions, but Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is only truly known by a few. Highly acclaimed biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli takes us from a childhood spent performing in talent shows, to finding worldwide success with the R&B group Destiny's Child. Since then, Beyoncé has found fame on her own terms, releasing five solo albums that have sold over 75 million copies. A top songwriter, performer, fashion idol and business mogul, she is nothing short of a global superstar.

Yet fame has come hand in hand with personal sacrifice and private heartbreak. Hounded by the paparazzi, Beyoncé has always kept her personal affairs under lock and key. Whether it be the ups and downs of her relationship with her sister Solange, her tumultuous history with her father and ex-manager Mathew, or her life with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy, Beyoncé guards her personal life carefully. But now Taraborrelli reveals the real woman behind the star.

Based on exhaustive research, including exclusive interviews with those who have played pivotal roles in her life and career, Taraborrelli brings to light the hard-earned lessons Queen Bey has learned about love, life, loyalty and family. Insightful and entertaining, Becoming Beyoncé is the first authoritative biography of one of the world's most powerful and inspirational women.