Ordinary Girl is legendary singer-songwriter Donna Summer’s
delightfully candid memoir about her journey from singing in a Boston
church to her unexpected reign as the Queen of Disco—and the tragedy and
spiritual rebirth that followed.
Donna Summer was born on
New Year’s Eve in Boston. Her childhood was filled with music. Inspired
by Mahalia Jackson, she began singing in church choirs at the age of
ten. A few years later she joined a Boston rock group, and by the end of
the 1960s she was living the life of an artist in New York City’s
Soon after, Donna left the United States to
join the German cast of Hair. She was still in her teens, a shy,
ordinary girl who was suddenly feeling the jolt of the sexual
revolution. She lived in Germany for seven and a half years, modeling,
acting, falling in love, getting married, and giving birth to a
daughter. She met a producer named Giorgio Moroder, and together they
created a song called “Love to Love You Baby.” It became one of the
world’s premier disco hits.
Donna Summer returned to America as a
star, a “sex goddess” who bore little resemblance to her own sense of
who she was. She describes what that personal transformation felt like
from the white-hot center of the disco era, and how, over the next two
decades, it contributed to a sometimes harrowing spiritual journey.
With heart and humor, Donna Summer relives the decadent days of disco
and shows how she transcended them. This is the inspiring tale of an
“ordinary girl” on an extraordinary journey.