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Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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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." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[Cyndi Lauper] was mouthy then and she’s mouthy now, and [...] when authority wags its stern finger in her face, she still responds with a finger." (The Washington Post)
About the Author
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.
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To take a direct quote from Chapter 9 of Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, "I don't want to know what people are like beyond their art. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Paige Turner
I was a huge fan of her music growing up. The book is okay, but I have to say that Lauper includes several, very forced references to republican presidents who she doesn't like. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John F. Chick Jr.