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Late, Late at Night: A Memoir

Late, Late at Night: A Memoir

Escrito por Rick Springfield

Narrado por Rick Springfield


Late, Late at Night: A Memoir

Escrito por Rick Springfield

Narrado por Rick Springfield

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (23 valoraciones)
Longitud:
12 horas
Publicado:
Oct 12, 2010
ISBN:
9781442337527
Formato:
Audiolibro

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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.

A Simon & Schuster audio production.

Publicado:
Oct 12, 2010
ISBN:
9781442337527
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Rick Springfield is a Grammy Award–winning musician and actor, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Late, Late Night, which Rolling Stone named one of the twenty-five greatest rock memoirs off all time. He lives in Malibu with his wife, Barbara. Visit him online at RickSpringfield.com or MagnificentVibration.com.


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  • (3/5)
    I'm not quite sure what I expected from this book, but it was far from what I expected. I guess I remember more the "squeaky clean" image (and I'm sure if my mom had known what his life was really like, she'd have discouraged me from listening to his music).

    I have to give him credit for his honesty in talking about the demons of depression and sexual addiction which have plagued him over the years.
  • (4/5)
    Fascinating biography of a pop star. One more story of how being a media star both is and is not what one might want it to be. Good to read if you were infatuated with him when you were a teenager. He's completely candid about his bouts with depression and sex addiction. And he reates dogs as being some of the best personalities on the planet.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. It is funny, poignant and honest. I saw Rick in concert and he is much the same in his book. He takes an honest look at himself and life. I didn't know he was such a huge dog lover, but I felt after reading this that I had really gotten a look into the person behind the fame. I highly recommend it.
  • (5/5)
    An excellent telling of the life of those who create true art....when it's good it's great..when it's bad it's akin to a tomb....
  • (4/5)
    I liked Rick Springfield when I was a kid but haven't tried to keep up with him for many years. So I picked this book up mostly out of curiosity. I'll admit that there are parts of the book I was pretty bored with, mostly his sexual escapades. However, there is a great deal of this book that is compelling and made me continue to read.

    This book pretty much generates all of the emotions: happy, sad, confused, uncomfortable, silly and depressed. Rick's life has been a roller coaster of very high highs and very low lows. His highs mostly come from his love of music and interacting with his fans. His lows come from his "darkness" of depression. How he works through things to a somewhat even keel is fascinating.

    An interesting read and a peek into the life of someone who seems to have it all, but does he? Really:
  • (3/5)
    Autobiography of 80's pop and soap opera star Rick Springfield. Interesting read.
  • (4/5)
    Anyone who knows me well knows that I love Rick Springfield. My first real music idol, I've seen him in concert numerous times. I was excited when I heard he was publishing a memoir, but then I wasn't so sure, thinking it would fall into the just-another-musician's-memoir-trying-to-make-a-little-extra-money genre, figuring that people like me would gobble it up, but that it wouldn't really make much of an impact on the reading world. But then it got good reviews. So then I was once again excited & anxious to get my hands on a copy. I listened to the audio version, which is read by Rick himself. It's brutally honest -- or at least appears to be so. I was a little hesitant to start reading...I was worried that all my starstruck respect for this guy would be shattered if I read about some of the not-so-respectful stuff. But I dove in anyway. And in that respect, Rick does not disappoint. He airs all his dirty laundry -- focusing primarily on his two big demons: his battle with depression & his obsession with sex & inability to be faithful to his wife. He personifies his depression, giving it an Australian accent & calling it "Mr. D." At times you feel sorry for the guy, but at other times you think he's just brought it all on himself. But it's candid.If the F-bomb is not your cup of tea, this wouldn't be a good read for you. He drops it very frequently. Unnecessarily so, in my opinion, but I can deal with it. I wouldn't classify this as the best memoir I've read, but it's good. Rick has a lot of talents, ranging from song-writing, singing, guitar-playing, acting, and now writing. This was an enjoyable book because the reader can follow along with his lifelong journey toward fame, through fame, and the after-effects of fame. I learned a lot about my idol that, as a fan, I always wanted to know, but never did: what it was like growing up as a boy in Australia, the frequent moving his family did when he was young, why he idolized his dad & wrote tributes to him in several songs, where his love of guitar-playing & music originated, how he began to emerge in the music scene, how he made the move to America, & how he began to hit it big in acting & music. And then there were the more personal landmarks: the death of his dad, how he met his wife, the birth of his two sons, the infidelity, the recurring depression, his quest for spiritual belonging, & his love of dogs. I was sad to see this book come to an end, primarily because while reading, it felt like I was sitting down & talking with Rick throughout the whole thing. My vision of "Rick Springfield sainthood" may have dropped down a few notches, but I feel like I really do know the guy now. If only I could meet him in person. :')
  • (5/5)
    This is a great book whether you are a Rick Springfield fan or not. He has told his story from a no holds barred perspective from his sexual infidelity to dealing with his depression from an early age. As a girl who grew up in the 80's when he hit the height of his fame there was a great story to be told about his life down under growing up without any real sense of belonging which just fueled the depression to his fall when the depression really started to take hold of his life and career. This book covers it all and how he managed his depression to make his come back to acting as well as music. I recommend this book to anyone who is a Rick Springfield fan and even to those who are not. It is well written - there are parts of laughter as well as parts with tears as he shows himself to be more than just a teen idol of the 80's but an actual person who struggled with internal demons.
  • (5/5)
    Ok, before I get into this review -- lets talk about Rick Springfield. Now a lot of this will date me, but most of you already know I'm a 40 year old women, so this shouldn't be a surprise. I've always liked Rick Springfield, I never had a crush on him mind you, at the time he was a little too pretty for my tastes (Back than my loves were Tom Selleck, Parker Stevenson, Joe Elliot of Def Leppard & Tom Wopat), but he looked like a decent fellow and I really enjoyed his music. Any of you who have ever lost your Dad will know of hishauntingly beautiful and honest "My Father's Chair". I find that I cannot listen to the song without thinking of my beautiful Dad and how emptier the world is without him (& how sad that my boys will never get to meet him) I also loved his song Like Father, Like Son and used to play it over and over. And well I think we all love Jessie's Girl (NO I did not name my boy after the song - Jesse is the name of my maternal Grandma - Jesse Porter) even you youngster's. Over the 80's and 90's I liked some of his songs and enjoyed watching him in various TV shows, But it wasn't until I caught him in Californication that I really became interested in him. Anyone who can poke fun at himself liked he did on Californication, has to be alright (and wow he's got a nice little bod on him). A few months after that I heard he had written a memoir so I begged my Simon and Schuster contact to get me a copy to review. Well, I am glad I did as you will see in the reviewOne last thing, I hope I have the chance to tell him how important and decent it is to write of his struggle with depression. This can really help those who are suffering and thinking of ending it all realize that they are not alone and that things will get better. It's nice to see a celebrity speak so openly and honestly and non-judgmentally about depression, it really makes up for schmucks like Tom Cruise. Hmm, maybe I will ask Rick that if he ever meets up with Tom Cruise to give him a smack upside the head from this Canadian girl who suffered from Post Postpartum Depression and didn't have time to exercise because she was too busy taking care of her special needs child. Screw you Tom!! Ooops, sorry about the rant, every time I hear that boys name I get fired upLate, Late at Night: a Memoirby Rick SpringfieldTouchstone Book (Simon and Schuster)ISBN: 978-1-4391-9115-6Description: 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.The Good Stuff Beautifully honest and raw The book leaves you feeling very hopeful and you really, really, want to give him a hug As mentioned above what he is doing is a good thing by revealing his struggle with depression Delighted to see that he has nerd qualities -- I love a man who has Star Wars toys! Extremely witty and self deprecating Made me cry, many, many times The love for his Mom and Dad is written so beautifully and with no accusations, just observations He Loves Dogs - really that is enough for me. He writes so wonderfully about his love for his many canine companions He really doesn't sugar coat his mistakes Loved the 1st chapter, really grabbed my interest and loved to hear about his travel adventures on the way to England The part about his suicide attempt is heartbreaking -- the first, and not last time I cried while reading The chapter on Sahara is beautiful and so very sad at the same time -- again there were tears and really must learn not to read sad stuff on the TTC, I was crying and people were staring like I was some kind of freak -- normal people cry assclowns!!! Also Chapter where the dog dies is brutal but beautiful -- and yes -- more crying GO BUY THE BOOK!!!! The Not so Good StuffWould have liked more pictures (The picture of him with his son Liam is beautiful!!) At times I was a little ticked off at him for some of his choices and the hurt being done to his two boys by those choices. I would be very interested in how they feel about this memoir The first chapter may be a little difficult for those who like things in a more linear way. In my case, I liked it because it reminded me of how I tell stories sometimes. It really endeared him to me, but I am putting it in here, because it might be a struggle for some. Do not let it stop you from reading the book!! Damn you Rick, I stayed up late, late, late at night reading the book because it was so damn good. Don't be making any comments about the bags under my eye's when I get my picture taken with you!Favorite Quotes/Passages (There are tons of good ones, but I'm not giving you any more than this)"The idea of that little kid hopping around a tiny Aussie country town on a pogo stick versus the guy I see in the mirror today is one of the biggest mind-fucks of my life.""Maybe it will help prevent wars over the color of the flag, but I doubt it. And nothing will ever stop us all fighting over the true name of God.""And I am finally made aware of the "myth of fame". It may seem like an obvious revelation, bu honestly, unless you've gone through it, you can't imagine what kind of mind-fuck it really is to truly understand that, in and of itself, fame is not ultimately transformative."What I LearnedI sooo don't want to be a celebrity -- no no never mind - always knew that A lot about depression and addictions and a better understanding of them About the background of certain songs That his wife is a saint, because HONESTLY, I don't think I would have put up with the infidelities (Yup, I totally made a distant judgment call -- sorry Rick) I really like the word mind-fuck That I Really would like to sit down with him and talk about things. Who should/shouldn't readAnyone who has suffered or is still suffering from Depression or thoughts of suicide Anyone interested in Rick Springfield OBVIOUSLY Not for the prudish or judgmental -- and if you are one of those types of people, probably not best to keep following this blog. 5 Dewey'sOK. Now I'm off to meet with my buddy Tosca who I haven't seen in over 15 years and than it's off to the signing at Indigo. I've got my IPOD charged with some Ring Spring field tunes, 2 copies of the book (1 for MY Jesse and 1 to raise money for the Spina Bifida Association walk next year) and my push up bra (Hey, ever since Californication I find him a lot hotter than he was back in the 80's)Hopefully I don't come across as a total nerd when I see him and hopefully sound more articulate than the time that I met Paul Gross.
  • (5/5)
    Best autobiography I've read in ages. Let me start by saying I was never a Springfield fan. Yes, I liked some of his 80's music, but I never watched General Hospital and I've never owned an album of his. However, I picked up the book, started to read it and became engrossed. In many ways, his story is to be expected: young, insecure Australian, shuffled from place to place as his dad was an army man, in love with poetry and music with a big dream. Comes to America and finally hits it big with Jessie's Girl and GH at the same time. Gains a fortune, loses a fortune, and has to regain a fortune again. Falls in love amidst endless one night stands, gets married and has a couple of kids. So what makes this story different than so many others: first off, his openness and candor are refreshing. His misuse of women on the road as sexual objects, his chronic low level and occasional high level depression, and most importantly, his never-ending spiritual quest for God and growth, his blossoming awareness of his issues and his on-going love for a woman who has tolerated a helluva lot of shit from him. An excellent read. Oh yea, this guy really, really, really loves dogs and relates to them better than he does people. All in all, you empathize with Springfield and want to see him be happy in himself.