- File Size: 1153 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Publisher: Headline (November 22, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 22, 2012
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GU35EM0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Could It Be Forever? My Story Kindle Edition
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This is the story of David's rise to stardom and subsequent fall, then multiple attempts over the years to get back up, in spite of it all. He eventually did an admirable job, considering that alcoholism and mood disorders ran strongly in his family.
It is the story of a "child star", well into his twenties, who could still pass for a teenager due to his hair and his slight build. We can sense the angst he must have felt as a young man, still finding himself, playing a teen with whom he had almost nothing in common. While Keith Partridge was a soulful and poetic singer searching for true love, David Cassidy was into multiple casual flings. Mostly women giving him oral sex, according to the memoir. Hardly a romantic walk on the beach. And the music, at times, was downright embarrassing. He struggled intensely with the irony of his public image and loss of freedom. To make matters worse, he wasn't actually making any money due to the naivete of his manager, and his own lack of business acumen.
A fan died in a horrific crush at a concert, the show ended, and David Cassidy was quickly a has-been. Soon after, his father died at age 49, the man who never had been a good role model and didn't pay child support. Jack Cassidy passed out drunk with a cigarette and died in a fire.
David started drinking heavily. The book details his early and brief drug experiments, all the usual substances of the 60's in California. But the alcohol eventually stuck, which he glosses over in this memoir. He went through some rather desperate experiences. The party where his old friend Don Johnson snubbed him. The times he only had a few hundred dollars to his name.
Yet he rebounded. In search of answers, fighting inner demons, he sought extensive psychotherapy or "analysis" over the years, sometimes 3 times a week. He expresses the belief that this was helpful, but evidently it was no cure. He reportedly had several alcohol rehabs, none of which he mentions here.
After a couple of short marriages and bankruptcies, he did find a modicum of success and a long term relationship in his 40's. He had a son with his third wife, born in 1991. He was able to shed his bubblegum image to some degree, and make a living. This book was written in an optimistic period, around 2007, when he was starting to look back on his life as well-lived. Demons conquered. Shortly thereafter he began having multiple arrests for DUI.
I was a big fan as a pre-teen in 1970, and I prefer to remember him as he comes across in this book- fresh, healthy, wiser for the wear and tear, but still optimistic. A family man. Yes, the music was bubblegum, but a few of the songs were pretty good, and that is how I will think of David Cassidy.
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Love you David Cassidy.