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Late, Late at Night

Format:  Paperback,

336 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jul 2011

ISBN-13: 9781439191804

ISBN-10: 1439191808

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In a searingly candid memoir which he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television and his lifelong battle with depression.
In the 1980s, singer-songwriter and actor Rick Springfield seemed to have it all: a megahit single in "Jessie's Girl," sold-out concert tours, follow-up hits that sold more than 17 million albums and became the pop soundtrack for an entire generation, and 12 million daily viewers who avidly tuned in to "General Hospital "to swoon over his portrayal of the handsome" "Dr. Noah Drake. Yet lurking behind his" "success as a pop star and soap opera heartthrob" "and his unstoppable drive was a moody, somber, " "and dark soul, one filled with depression and insecurity.
In "Late, Late at Night," the memoir his millions of fans have been waiting for, Rick takes readers inside the highs and lows of his extraordinary life. By turns winningly funny and heartbreakingly sad, every page resonates with Rick's witty, wry, self-deprecating, brutally honest voice. On one level, he reveals the inside story of his ride to the top of the entertainment world. On a second, deeper level, he recounts with unsparing candor the forces that have driven his life, including his longtime battle with depression and thoughts of suicide, the shattering death of his father, and his decision to drop out at the absolute peak of fame. Having finally found a more stable equilibrium, Rick's story is ultimately a positive one, deeply informed by his passion for creative expression through his music, a deep love of his wife of twenty-six years and their two sons, and his life-long quest for spiritual peace.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jul 2011
ISBN-13: 9781439191804
ISBN-10: 1439191808
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.31 x 1.02 x 9.21

Chapter outline

A Note from the Authorp. ix
Prologue: A Swingin' Teenagerp. 1
Three Wishesp. 7
My Golden Childhoodp. 23
Girls, Guitars, and Gloryp. 47
The Ugliest Kid in the Worldp. 68
Not Your Regulation USO Tourp. 83
Back Through the Looking Glassp. 98
Fame and Faminep. 111
Illegal (Hollywood Sex-Rat) Alienp. 122
America on $180 a Monthp. 139
The Americanization of Rickyp. 153
So Long, Chickens; Thanks for the Eggsp. 164
What's the Point of Being a Doctor if Everybody Dies?p. 173
We Have Ignitionp. 182
Sex, More Sex, and Rock and Roll (No Real Drugs to Speak Of)p. 196
My Depressionp. 212
Of Hawks and the Island of the Long White Cloudp. 231
ABetter Destinationp. 242
How Bad Could It Be? Pretty Fucking Bad, Actuallyp. 253
Darkness at Noonp. 262
Healing to Dop. 275
Big Boys Do Cryp. 292
Where It All Beganp. 301
In Overdrivep. 310
Afterwordp. 321
Acknowledgmentsp. 337

Book description

In a searingly candid memoir which he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television and his lifelong battle with depression.

In the 1980s, singer-songwriter and actor Rick Springfield seemed to have it all: a megahit single in “Jessie’s Girl,” sold-out concert tours, follow-up hits that sold more than 17 million albums and became the pop soundtrack for an entire generation, and 12 million daily viewers who avidly tuned in to General Hospital to swoon over his portrayal of the handsome Dr. Noah Drake. Yet lurking behind his success as a pop star and soap opera heartthrob and his unstoppable drive was a moody, somber, and dark soul, one filled with depression and insecurity.

In Late, Late at Night, the memoir his millions of fans have been waiting for, Rick takes readers inside the highs and lows of his extraordinary life. By turns winningly funny and heartbreakingly sad, every page resonates with Rick’s witty, wry, self-deprecating, brutally honest voice. On one level, he reveals the inside story of his ride to the top of the entertainment world.

On a second, deeper level, he recounts with unsparing candor the forces that have driven his life, including his longtime battle with depression and thoughts of suicide, the shattering death of his father, and his decision to drop out at the absolute peak of fame. Having finally found a more stable equilibrium, Rick’s story is ultimately a positive one, deeply informed by his passion for creative expression through his music, a deep love of his wife of twenty-six years and their two sons, and his life-long quest for spiritual peace.

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Rated 4 out of 5★ by 3reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5★ by This memoir by Rick Springfield about his life was interesting. I didn't know much about him before this and it gave me a new opinion of this performer. He is a very talented and hard-working and while his singing is good, his guitar playing is phenomenal. I don't think the book emphasized his solid guitar playing enough, but this was his decision. All Rick Springfield fans will enjoy the book. They will actually learn more about him than the fan magazines and brief interviews can reveal.I purchased two of these books and gave one to my son as a gift. He and his wife love the book and the photos. 10/06/2011
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