Short film. Based on award winning story by LGBT fiction pioneer Richard Hall.

What Ever Became of Lesley Gore?



You Don’t Own MeYou Don’t Own Me
by Trevor Tolliver
Backbeat Books. 209 pages, $24.99


BORN JUST AFTER World War II, the late Lesley Gore (1946–2015) was, according to her parents, a musical prodigy. They claimed that she could vocally “duplicate the melody of a song” at the age of six months. As a toddler, she loved to perform for her parents’ guests. In recounting those anecdotes and others that follow, Tolliver seems as proud as any parent or uncle. This can sometimes lead to a somewhat uncomfortable tone of familiarity, but otherwise the author does a decent job recounting Gore’s career trajectory—and what an astounding career it was, especially from the point-of-view of today.

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