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Later, to pay for art supplies, she would turn to her first love again.
First she sang locally, then ventured to Memphis at a jingles company.
Now, with last year’s breakthrough acceptance of three top five singles – “Higher and Higher”, “We’re All Alone”, and “The Way You Do The Things You Do” – Coolidge is among the most well-deserved success stories in music.
“I had not been in California two years when A&M Records approached me at the end of the Cocker tour to do my first album.
Instead, a sense of dread filled the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer, who is the former wife of singer/actor Kris Kristofferson and was a vital muse to such rock legends as Leon Russell and Graham Nash.
“I cried for an hour when I finished reading it for the first time,” Coolidge said. Kristofferson was a heavy drinker who at one point consumed “a quart of vodka a day.” He arrived, late and stoned, to his 1974 wedding to Coolidge in Malibu.
She was worried she had made a grievous error by being so candid in the 227-page chronicle of her life, which will be published April 5 by Harper Collins. Jim Gordon, her former boyfriend and the drummer in Delaney & Bonnie and the Eric Clapton-led Derek and the Dominos, punched her so hard in a hotel hallway in 1970, Coolidge writes, that she was briefly rendered unconscious. She was on Valium during the ceremony, because of her nerves.
While their relationship reached heady highs, Kristofferson also cheated on her, she writes, including with French actress Isabelle Huppert.
If anything it came too fast.” In her memoir, Coolidge details her romantic relationships with musicians such as Leon Russell, drummer Jim Gordon, Graham Nash, and, of course, her “volatile” six-year marriage to Kristofferson.