- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Citadel; 1st edition (May 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806527544
- ISBN-13: 978-0806527543
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heartbreaker: A Memoir of Judy Garland Hardcover – April 25, 2006
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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!
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.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read so many books on Judy, that I could actually write one myself. I can't seem to get enough of her.She was phenomanal. and was extremely talented with an ascerbic wit. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sandra baird
I haven't finished reading the book yet but so far I find it to be compelling reading and full of great information about Judy Garland and the author, the excellent songwriter John... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Notes 88
All went fine. Very pleased with this purchase. Seller is recommened.Published 13 months ago by Terry
This book gave me the creeps from chapter one. It's one thing to share too much information. After all, that's why we read these books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by literarycat
Honestly written, John Meyer gives us his experiences and perspective of the late great Judy Garland.Published 15 months ago by ThreeGentsand4Ladies
The author should leave some things unsaid. There's so little discretion left in the world. People, like the author, who have talent and skills, should also strive to develop some... Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by bd