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Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Cyndi Lauper , Jancee Dunn
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Legendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar—from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like “Time After Time,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and “True Colors,” to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years.

After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, “gal Friday the thirteenth,” as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with She’s So Unusual, which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasn’t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most. Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a cause—whether it’s women’s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Cyndi fearlessly writes of a life she’s lived only on her own terms.

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"Lauper’s story echoes the hopes of a struggling artist portrayed in Patti Smith’s Just Kids. A moving story of an American musical original."

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About the Author

Cyndi Lauper has won a Grammy, two American Music Awards, an Emmy, three MTV Video Music Awards, and has been nominated for many more. She has sold more than thirty million albums globally and continues to tour around the world. An unwavering advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality, Cyndi created the True Colors Tour in 2007 and founded the True Colors Fund in 2008. Visit

Jancee Dunn has written three books, including the rock memoir But Enough About Me. She writes for many publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 71343 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EE4M1S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'I'm Gonna Be Strong' September 18, 2012
Cyndi's track 'I'm Gonna Be Strong' could've easily been an alternate title for her book, detailing many intimate looks at her life. This novel is a must read for any Lauper fan or if you're just wanting a deepr look at the woman behind her music. Pain, love, life have been the subjects of her songs for many years, and Lauper and Dunn have so well crafted her life and those subjects in her life into words. I'm 25 years old and wasn't even around for most of Cyndi's heyday, but I've been a fan since the day I was born and I've so often wondered what has inspired her lifestyle, lyrics, music, etc and this book gets right to the point with it all. Some of the things she's gone through surprised me; What she really endured to become successful. Some of her stories downright made me laugh, some almost seemed unreal to picture. Within this detailed look at her life lies her background, her roots, her memories of heartache, love and life. Whether you're a Lauper enthusiast or a casual fan, you won't want to miss this fantastic story.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once you start reading it you can't put it down September 18, 2012
By Mat
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Her life story reads like a novel that you can't put down. So true. It's a fascinating book. Very visual and compelling. You can hear Cyndi's talking about her life. A must read! It was so tempting that I read it within 1 day.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Across the Universe September 25, 2012
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As an admirer of Ms Lauper's since her ground breaking 80's "She's So Unusual", I was excited to see her Memoir come into existence. It seems there are few celebrities in our world like she. A person, who did her thing, and has done what she was called to do, and made a living doing so. The brillance of Ms Lauper, unlike Madonna, who I am a fan of for other reasons, is she is a more "human" celebrity. Instead of going with a "universal" trend, she did, and is doing her thing. I beleive she understands we are all celebrities, and are in this Universe to do what we are called to do.

I recently received her Memoir, and with the first couple of chapters, I am hooked. Especially with the "crazy" things she said or did in her younger years, and her response of "I think it scared" people, showing understanding herself, and not wanting to upset her fellow human beings. Or a classic line like "wow, look what God did to his son, Jesus, Now imagine what he's doing to do to me. I'm not even related."

She get's she is human, a celebrity, but nothing, and everything, special. I beleive she understands we all are. If only we could all think the same way!

I thoroughy recommend her Memoir.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for a Cyndi Lauper Fan September 21, 2012
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This book is a must read for anybody who is a fan of Cyndi Lauper. In her characteristic style, she tells her story honestly and with humor. It's rare for me to laugh out loud when reading a book, but there were so many times that I was laughing while reading this that I lost count. The reader comes away knowing exactly what is important to Cyndi because she tells you directly whether you like it or not. She's not in your face about her beliefs, but she doesn't back down and will stand up and speaks out when she sees the need. Whether you agree with her or not, you can't help but admire her honesty, directness, and unwavering desire to do what is right. There are moments when the book is shocking, but it's never for sensationalism - it always reveals something personal that gives insight into her personality and motivations. I've been a Cyndi Lauper fan for as long as I can remember, and after reading this book I can't help but be a bigger fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant story November 17, 2012
Cyndi Lauper's autobiography begins with her running away from home to escape her step-father the sexual predator. Things don't get much better for her for quite some time- some truly horrific things happen to her on her way to success. And success is illusive- for all Lauper's hard work, hit records, and Grammy nominations, she has never become as rich and famous as one would think she should be.

Recognition didn't come to Lauper until she was thirty. Through her twenties, she worked menial jobs, sang in cover bands, and was never taken seriously, even by her own band mates- she was even sexually assaulted by some of them. She gave free rein to her eccentric style (which has been copied endlessly) and didn't pull any punches about what she thought, and these habits didn't endear her to record execs. And so much of the time, she just has had plain bad luck. It's not that she is blaming fate for her own short fallings; she readily admits when she screws up. This woman never stops working, and, I suspect, never will. Her creative force is just too strong. She describes how she works, and it's remarkable how she dissects music and puts it back together in new ways.

The book is written like you're sitting down with Lauper, listening to her tell her story. She narrates with an immediacy that puts you right in the scene. She also digresses like she were sitting in front of you talking. This is not a dry, moment by moment biography! I highly recommend this if you're a fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sneak peek inside her life... September 20, 2012
By riggs
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i was around for her wild days of girls just wanna have makes me kinda sad to see everything she had to go through with record labels and in her personal one can put this very talented woman in a certain catagory, as you can see with her this book and this woman keep on rocking cyndi
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it! Thanks arrived on time.
Published 16 days ago by Eblin Lima
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting
I truly enjoyed reading this book and was able to see another side of Cyndi Lauper. I'm completely obsessed with her. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Melissa Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
reads like you're listening to her. honest, interesting, fun.
Published 1 month ago by Judy Lotas
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love her!
It wasn't as good as it could have been ... She embellishes a lot, and leaves out the juicy details. This book was just slightly above meh.
Published 2 months ago by D. Ames
3.0 out of 5 stars Stars a bit Slow
It begins with her early life in New York and seems to take forever to get to her successful musical Days.
Published 4 months ago by Jan Gillies
5.0 out of 5 stars Cyndi is an American original.
I have always been intrigued by Cyndi. Glad I bought this book because I appreciate her talents even more now. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathie Briegel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but not autographed!
The book is amazing, candid, and I am falling in love with Cyndi the more I get through the book. At the time I bought it, the description said that this book was going to be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. Hattis
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
She's led an unusual life. Glad she shared it with us. I have always loved her music and now her life.
Published 5 months ago by Mary A. Hauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and beautiful
Raw and beautiful is how I would describe this book. When I was reading it I could hear the words being spoken in her thick New York accent. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Angie J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Even if you aren't a Cyndi fan, there's lessons to be learned, inspiration to be gleaned from her tale of overcoming a difficult journey. Read more
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