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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061953776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061953774
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

For more than thirty years, Pat Benatar has been one of the most iconic women in rock music, with songs like "Heartbreaker," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," and "Love Is a Battlefield" becoming anthems for generations of fans. Now, in this intimate and uncompromising memoir, one of the bestselling female rock artists of all time shares the story of her extraordinary career, telling the truth about her life, her struggles, and how she won things—her way.

From her early days in the New York club scene of the 1970s to headlining sold-out arena tours, Benatar offers a fascinating account of a life spent behind the microphone and speaks candidly about the realities of breaking into the boys' club of rock and roll. Written with the attitude and defiance that embody Pat Benatar's music, Between a Heart and a Rock Place is a rock-and-roll story unlike any other, a remarkable tale of playing by your own rules even if that means breaking a few of theirs.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

One of the most accomplished female rock musicans of all time, multiple Grammy Award-winner Pat Benatar has sold more than 22 million records and produced nineteen Top 40 singles. She lives in California with her husband and two daughters.

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Therefore, I was really excited when this book was released.
Even if you think you know a lot about Pat Benatar, you will learn many details which make her music more meaningful.
It is well written and gives honest, detailed insight into both her personal and professional life.
Juliette M. Koves

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 21, 2010
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If you were a teenage girl in the eighties, you knew (and probably loved) Pat Benatar. While there have always been females doing rock Pat was really the first to stand on her own as an artist, belting out songs that the best hard rock acts of the day would have been proud to call their own. It wasn't a woman singing rock, it was a rock singer who happened to be a woman. In her memoir "Between a Heart and a Rock Place" (sorry, Pat, had to take a half star off for that lame title) Benatar details in a voice that is clearly her own the remarkable circumstances that led a little girl from a working-class town on Long Island to become a rock goddess.

If you're looking for dirt and gossip a la "I'm With The Band" this isn't your book. "Mine is one of the only stories that doesn't involve at least one trip to rehab," Benatar writes, and it's true. About the closest she comes to that is writing about her first marriage to a man who suffered from PTSS after returning from Vietnam--who was also the man who gave her her famous last name. Wanting to be with him derailed Benatar's original ambition of a classical career, blowing off her Julliard audition much to the horror of her high school vocal coach. It was another man, however, who understood what Benatar wanted to do and collaborated with her--Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, whom Benatar immediately fell in love with while recording her first album and gives major credit for shaping her sound, not to mention being her husband of nearly thirty years. Pat Benatar is not a solo artist in their minds, but a band, and the stories that are told show that mindset.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C. Peak on June 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely not the `cookie cutter' celebrity bio ghost written story, but an emotional tale of a one woman's rise to unbelievable fame. The book definitely has a unique voice that is undoubtedly Benatar's,and it sways effortlessly from personal stories to growing up with her little brother to detailed accounts of her tumultuous relationship with the record companies. You find out interesting Benatar facts like she had a pet monkey named "Jo Jo", and was forced to hide her pregnancy by record companies, the isolation of being a superstar before the internet. The book is funny and beautifully written, and you learn that Pat Benatar is not just a rock star, or not just a rock star whose career seemed to suddenly stop at the height of its popularity. (You also learn why!) Her record company essentially imploded, she chose family and love over continuing to be a rock superstar, but she always remained true to herself. I was glued to each page as Benatar takes you on an incredible detailed musical journey with constant battles with an abusive record company, her honesty and ideology is straightforward and cuts to the bone. No Benatar does not have a crazy tale of booze and drugs, but one of seriously standing up for herself. The book also is a fascinating and beautiful love story between her and her husband/collaborator. Fans will definitely love every page of this book, but I think it is also just a REALLY good read for anyone. A fascinating and beautiful tale of a woman who not only changed music, but stayed true to herself, kept her amazing vocal talent in tact , and is an absolutely beautiful and inspiring human being.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on June 17, 2010
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I have read many biographies, auto-biographies etc of various persons that were written and they seemed to follow a certain formula more often times than not. Being a fan of Pat Benatar I had been looking forward to this release and silently praying to myself, don't let it suck or be a formula. It absolutely does not suck, and is not formulated in any way, quite like the organic flow of the variety of music that Pat and Neil have produced over the years. If you have any inkling of what the world was like during the late 70's and the 80's, this is an insightful look into the inner workings of a piece of life that most of us would not be privy to. Make no mistake, this is not a book simply about the 80's. As we age, we grow and with this book we see Pat and Neil grow beyond the 80's, the grammy's, parent hood and the record industry as it used to be.

I found myself laughing out loud over many pages, nodding on some information I knew, and crying and reflecting at other times. I often thought of my own upbringing and the calamities of my youth which one again reinforces the fact we are all people, and its those life events that make us who we are today, and being a human is a huge commonality no matter your 'Rock Star' status. The way Pat writes this is truly captivating and even if you are not a fan I dare you to put it down, because you should be afraid of missing that next nugget of insight, humorous tidbit, cautionary tale or life experience which may help you to steer yourself a bit differently.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TylerRose. on July 13, 2011
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I own every studio album she's ever put out. And now I know why there are so many horrible compilations. I used to have every song memorized so well I could recite them. I have craved new music from this woman whose voice I can pick out on the radio within seconds of hearing a new song (did that with Shadows of the Night when I was sixteen) and whose music has helped my own literary creative flow. I've attended at least six concerts. At one, up in Pine Knob for the Innamorata tour when I was 28, I gave her a rose and she took my hand. I cried like an idiot.

And I must say that Neil Giraldo is one of the MOST UNDER-RATED guitar players EVER! He is phenomenal in live performance, and I got the chance to tell him so at BB King's in Times Square a few years back.

But when I saw how thin this book was, I knew I'd never purchase it. I borrowed it from the library, knowing it was going to be as sparse as new music releases, and read it in three days. Buy a used copy for less than half the price if this is something you want to keep on your shelf.

While I very much enjoyed the stories of her childhood and those who pushed her into training for music, and the story of meeting Neil, I was left wanting so much MORE.

Yes, there's lots of complaining about the record company. Most artists have complaints about the company, especially from back then. But I admire the fact that she NAMES the NAMES when it comes to the ugly moments.

The word "insulated" is way overused (at least ten to fifteen times in a 250 page book -- an editor should have done something about that) but the text is casual and conversational. It's an easy read over all, though there's a switch from grammatically correct verbiage to incorrect forms about halfway through.
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