About the Book

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Indie Book Award

wide range of readers...

Hit Woman is the story of Susan Hamilton’s wildly improbable life: from early days as a child prodigy and actor, through heady success on the concert stage, in the boardrooms of Madison Ave. and over the talkback microphones of recording studios all over the world. This personal and most intimate tale is spun in a voice that is fresh, funnier than hell, and always unflinchingly candid — even in the face of heartbreaking tragedy and more than one wrenching life/love setback.

The story covers a broad swath of the musical landscape: lessons from the teenage Maestro James Levine in Aspen; encounters with Mitch Leigh (Man of La Mancha) in his penthouse at the Warwick Hotel; Sir Elton John in the bowels of Madison Square Garden; Chuck Berry at his St. Louis studio (a hostage situation develops); a wild night on the L.A. club scene with Glenn Frey, falling in love with Nashville and its ‘bad boys;’ and a poignant session with Marvin Gaye in London…as well as the UFO’s, alligators, cultists, monkeys and witches that provide an ever-changing backdrop to a story that never loses momentum…

Also included: 11 pages of behind-the-scenes photos and a complete index to the 400+ pages.

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Celebrity Praise for Hit Woman…

“The funniest, truest book I have read about the music business.” – James Patterson

”It’s a great and very funny book. Susan was in the middle of everything and writes surpassingly well about all of it. Her deep respect for music and musicians is evident. They deserve it and so does she.” ­— Randy Newman

”With moxie and determination, Susan Hamilton patrolled the intersection of art and commerce…Hit Woman is a pioneer’s tale, told with panache and detail.” — Nick Nolte

”Hit Woman is funny, brilliant, amazing and riveting. Susan Hamilton tells a great story and tells it with verve, humor, and pizzazz!” ­— Judy Collins

”When I played sessions for Susan in the ‘70s, her stuff was not just great, it was phenomenal! Same with this book!” ­— Paul Shaffer

”There is Nature, forces of Nature – and Susan Hamilton. This book is all three.” ­— Julian Lennon

”Susan’s book is pure joy and carries you through her colorful life in a way that keeps you riveted and won’t let you go.” — Herbie Hancock

”It’s absolute entertainment, especially for those of us who can’t get enough of true accounts of ‘The Biz’ from one who reigned from the highest position for decades!” — Will Lee

”Her adventures in music and in life with the great, the near-great, and merely hysterical are rich, funny, moving and unforgettable. A must for anyone who loves American popular music.” — Dr. Steve Sohmer, former President, Columbia Pictures

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Comments
  • Dan Lucas:

    I had the pleasure and honour to work with Susan as a singer – she produced my record. While reading her book I can still hear her voice and it reminds me of a great time we spent together in the studio and at her home with Michael and the kids. It´s a great book about the music business and about the life of a great musician, a professional producer and wonderful woman.

  • Susan writes a book…And just like everything she takes on, it’s a hit! Congratulations to my dear friend and colleague of twenty plus years. You are, and always will be an inspiration to those lucky enough to be a part of your life… RGB

  • Lisa Dalbello:

    One of the smartest, sharpest and creatively talented person I’ve ever had the pleasure to both come to know, and to have work for and with creatively. Susan was generous in opening up her world to me personally and creatively, and was a fantastic creative teacher and experience-sharer to boot. I can’t wait to read your life’s story Susan. You made my years in l.a. Incredible. Hugs to you and Alex.

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