WORLDWIDE fame, physical abuse and cancer could not stop Cindy Alter from living her dream of a career in music.
No Substitute is her gripping account of her tale of survival.
Amid the apartheid regime, the young singer and her band-mates from the multimillion-album-selling pop group Clout, cut through all boycotts against South Africa and placed the country firmly on the international music map with a number-one hit single.
Behind the glamorous façade of stardom, however, the band was struggling to comprehend the huge disconnect between their mega success and the lack of money.
Clout ended but Alter’s challenges continued. She persisted in trying to make a physically and emotionally abusive romance work, but when breaking point finally came, she walked away with nothing.
But a glimmer of hope led her to seek her American dream in Los Angeles. While living a modest, yet comfortable life in the United States for 15 years, fate threw yet another curveball when Alter was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Her story, detailed in No Substitute, is deep yet inspiring, brutal yet honest. Her encouraging words of wisdom should be heard by everyone who has hit rock bottom, and even those who haven’t.
• Alter will be in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday, between 10 am and 11.30 am, to sign copies of her book and meet fans at White Cottage Books, The Junction Complex, Nottingham Road. Books cost R250 a copy. Inquiries: 033 266 6286.
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