Rhythm and blues legend Bettye LaVette has written a memoir, titled A Woman Like Me, and spoke to Blackbook about the experience. Basically, she doesn’t care what you think about her checkered past. Times two.

I have the advantage now of almost being 70, so I don’t care what you think! I do not care what you think. You know, the thing of it is: there’s no reason to lie, and there’s nothing to lie about. The only people I would have been worried about were my grandchildren, and they are now 21 and 27, so at least I can explain myself thoroughly to them now. The people I spoke about in the book haven’t spoken to me at all this time. I wouldn’t be losing anything if they decided not to speak to me now.

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