Celebrity-author Mark Bego who is generating a punch of visibility with two new tomes in the book stores; is continuing to follow the stories of both his subjects as their stories and develop. With his Whitney Houston! The Spectacular Rise and Tragic Fall of the Woman Whose Voice Inspired a Generation and Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul, Bego has found himself fielding dozens of radio interviews as well as print interviews, as an undisputed authority of both topics.
In the case of the Whitney Houston story: since her shocking February death and funeral, her controversial ex-husband Bobby Brown was again arrested for drunk driving, and her daughter Bobbi Kristina was named as the sole beneficiary of her entire multi-million dollar estate. In addition, Whitney’s nine albums continue to sell like hotcakes, and the trailer for her final film performance, in Sparkle, has been released igniting a barrage of anticipation for the summer film.
According to Bego: “On one hand, the Sparkle trailer has made everyone anticipate the August 2012 release of the film even more. In some of the footage from the trailer, you can see beautiful flashes of the old Whitney Houston charm and energetic sparkle that made her famous. Yet there are also several moments where she appears tired, sounds raspy, and seems many years older than her young age of 48. It is truly a bittersweet experience to behold.”
In Bego’s updated and expanded Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul, which was officially released on the artist’s 70th birthday, March 25, it has been heralded in Library Journal as the “definitive” biography on the singer. In the book, Bego proclaimed Franklin’s 2011 Walmart-distributed A Woman Falling Out of Love was a disastrous “hot mess,” and he predicted that Aretha enlist the help of a record-authority Clive Davis if she expected to ever revive her career. The day following her birthday, Franklin made the public announcement that she had re-united with Davis, and that her next album would be for Sony, with Davis at the helm.
“It was Clive Davis,” Mark explains, “who totally updated Aretha’s sound in 1980 when he first signed her to Arista. He was the one who had the brilliant vision of teaming her with the likes of singer / producer Luther Vandross, who gave her ‘Jump To It,’ and Narada Michael Walden who produced ‘Freeway of Love.’ I just know that Clive will successfully bring Franklin’s sound back to greatness.”
Bego’s book on Whitney Houston is available in over 50 countries around the world including America, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Canada, and China. In addition, the entire book is available as an audio book. One common misconception is that Bego wrote his Whitney book over night after the singer’s passing; rather, the author had been penning a follow-up to his initial release of the singer, released in 1986. “Certainly the last few chapters were edited and expanded; but, I knew this was going to continue to be a major, major story with an unhappy ending. Sadly, I was right.”
Both the Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston books are also Bego’s simultaneously released electronic books for both Nook and Kindle.