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Heartbreaker: A Memoir of Judy Garland Hardcover – April 25, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806527544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806527543
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author should leave some things unsaid.
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The most loving Judy Garland Biography out there!!!!!!!HEARTBREAKER by JOHN MEYER!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thomas S. Sykes
Her anecdotes are humorous, but don't even think that this is a great recording by any means.
Rick G.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Phelps Gates VINE VOICE on June 19, 2006
Well, it's not exactly a classic (for that, you'll need to go to Mel Torme's The Other Side of the Rainbow, now alas long out of print), but this book doesn't deserve the abuse that gets heaped on it by the other reviewers here. It's a little late to complain about kiss-and-tell scandal-mongering after almost 40 years and countless bios. Judy's tragedy was her ability to attract an endless stream of enablers (including Mr. Meyer), and it's fascinating to read the account from his point of view (I know it's a tired cliche, but I literally found this book hard to put down). Note that the book is a reprint: it originally came out in 1983, though I don't remember seeing it then. The CD isn't exactly studio-quality, but it doesn't claim to be: it's an eerie flashback to an evening in 1968...
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Albanese VINE VOICE on June 19, 2006
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Mr. Meyer does not tell us anything new about Judy Garland. It is a short, rough read especially since the author got carried away several times with a thesaurus and used words that were more comical than literate.

Yes. Judy Garland had a drug/drinking problem. But what Meyer doesn't understand is that he was an enabler in that relationship. Although he professes his hatred for the other's who catered to Judy's destructive needs, he was no better. Yet he wrote a book about it and painted himself as a hero.

In all, this is a sad, pathetic attempt to turn a quick buck by using a dead celebrities known weaknesses to make money.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David B. Franklin on June 14, 2006
This has got to be an all-time low in memoirs or probably fabrication. Why would an ole geezer pictured on the cover want to write about graphically sex exploits with the woman he loved?

What a miserable person he must be-- no wonder hardly anyone knows who he is or any of his so-called songs. Really not even worth one star.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christophe on June 21, 2006
I loved the book 20 years ago and I still love it today. What makes it so good for me is the way John Meyer reproduces her way of talking. You can almost hear her.

I bought it again for the CD, of course (and read it yet again). Sure, it's not a studio recording but I didn't expect a clear recording and it is better quality than I expected. I found myself smiling broadly after listening to 'I'd like to hate myself in the morning' (I love the way she "corrects" the line 'somehow that something' to 'that somehow something'!). She also talks a little and it's always a pleasure. Made me rush back to the recordings of the Jack Paar interviews.

It's a happy recording and as always it's good to hear her. It's rare to get new stuff and just for that it would be worth 5 stars. But it is more than that, she sounds good. Thank you Mr Meyer - but why did you wait so long!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chad Williams on July 13, 2006
Nearly forty years have elapsed since John Meyer hooked the biggest-- no, the ONLY fish-- of his life: a quickie affair with a stoned-out and itinerant Judy Garland. Back in '83 he chronicled it, day-by-day, for some pulp called "Hearbreaker."

Well, time to milk Judy again. This time around, "Heartbreaker" comes with the added bonus of a CD of Judy rehearsing a Meyer

alleged song. Please don't encourage Meyer by paying full value. It will likely wind up at Dollar Tree, 99c Store, yard sales, and atop the literary trash heap right next to "My Turn" by the equally parasitic Mary Cheney.

Unfortunately, most of the lurid details of Judy's habits are likely true, but, as a fellow reviewer lamented- and I agree- this time it's Too Much Information. Particularly on the sexual front. If the picture of Meyer leads you to scratch your head and wonder what on earth was Judy thinking, consider two things: Meyer was 15 years younger than Judy and not bad-looking in 1968; also his family had a large Park Avenue apartment to offer the now-homeless Judy. In return, Meyer could get Judy to sing his godawful "songs" on the talk-show circuit. And, of course, bragging rights about shagging Judy. Okay... but Jeezus, that was 1968! Do we need a new book about it? Like some terrible nightmare that still haunts us after eating Limburger, could we please just forget this frightful episode at the end of the life of a great artist?
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jake Waterstop on June 5, 2006
I found the John Meyer book slimy. Not that I doubt a word of it. I never thought I would say something like this, but it was just more than I needed to know. Not that there were any surprises. Cut off from her family, fans became her enablers. It's pathetic from everybody's angle, hers, theirs, hers again. It's not like a Hollywood movie like "Too Much, Too Soon." More like "Too Much, Too Late" directed by John Waters, but no poop eating. Judy's a hoot throughout, but it's not funny. Perhaps if there'd been poop eating.

I feel a kind of shame for being a witness to this. I have never wanted to feel personally involved in her instability. I respect her work. And I need to retain a professional registration. So it'll take a few days to shake off this feeling of, well, slime. (Surely the upcoming US Postal Stamp commemorative ceremony at Carnegie Hall plus Rufus Wainwright's Carnegie Hall tribute concerts will wash it away, and it will be all in good time.)

The CD disappoints, as the tape recorder is closer to the piano than to her voice. And it's just a rehearsal. He's unfamiliar with the arrangements, her keys; she doesn't know the words. But occasionally when she sings it's astounding. I had thought her voice was completely shot by that time, but she was still capable of singing well. And she learned a brand new song in a manner of minutes. Admittedly it's a simple song. But in the last few months of her life she could still sing well and learn new material at the lightning speed she'd always been known for.
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