- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (September 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143914785X
- ISBN-13: 978-1439147856
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 192 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir Hardcover – September 18, 2012
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“[Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir] doesn’t feel like an autobiography so much as a long, loud, deep interesting chat over coffee.” (Rollingstone)
"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
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 CyndiLauper.com.
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Showing 1-5 of 192 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Although I was never big on Cyndi Lauper's music, (I know it's good, just not my thing), I saw her on Celebrity Apprentice and I liked her very much so that when I saw her memoir on sale, I grabbed it.
Her personality shines through the colloquial writing, making it such a treat to read. There's also a kind of rhythm to the writing, which carries you delightfully along.
Man, did she have some rough times. Really rough times. What an incredible survivor. I won't do spoilers, but I cannot freaking believe what some early band members did to her one night. Unbelievable.
I loved when she talked about her precognitive dreams, dreams that gave her a message, signs from the Other Side and so on. I also loved her description of her experience singing sometimes. It sounded to me like she had mystical experiences on stage.
I appreciated her honesty in detailing the hard times and sharing what she learned.
I love the strength of her beliefs in societal justice for women and minorities. (For everyone, of course, but particularly for those who've been disenfranchised.) She fights for what she believes and has used her celebrity to help others. I find her inspiring.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Let's be honest. Most people will read this to get the juicy background on the early 80's MTV years. It's all in there. But in addition to that you get a lot of nuggets of wisdom and uncanny insight. This is a smart woman who made her path and went her own way, even when pop culture was going somewhere else. She's authentic. She can tell you to be true to yourself, because she's always been true to herself. Her discussion of stardom, success and the music biz should be mandatory reading for any aspiring pop star.
As for the gossipy parts, by far my favorite was her take-down of Tommy Mottola. Too preoccupied with his latest discovery, Mariah Carey, to bother promoting Cyndi's third album, Cyndi decided a visit with the Mottola family was in order. While sitting on the beach with Tommy's then wife and child, she asks the kid what he wants to be when he grows up and he says, "My mother's divorce lawyer." BAM!