In a searingly candid memoir that he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television, and his lifelong battle with depression.
In the 1980s, singer-songwriter and actor Rick Springfield seemed to have it all: a megahit single in "Jessie’s Girl", sold-out concert tours, follow-up hits that sold more than 17 million albums. He became the pop soundtrack for an entire generation, including the 12 million daily viewers who avidly tuned in to General Hospital to swoon over his portrayal of the handsome Dr. Noah Drake. Yet lurking behind his success as a pop star and soap opera heartthrob and his unstoppable drive was a moody, somber, and dark soul, one filled with depression and insecurity.
In Late, Late at Night, the memoir his millions of fans have been waiting for, Rick takes readers inside the highs and lows of his extraordinary life. By turns winningly funny and heartbreakingly sad, every page resonates with Rick’s witty, wry, self-deprecating, brutally honest voice. On one level, he reveals the inside story of his ride to the top of the entertainment world. On a second, deeper level, he recounts with unsparing candor the forces that have driven his life, including his longtime battle with depression and thoughts of suicide, the shattering death of his father, and his decision to drop out at the absolute peak of fame.
Having finally found a more stable equilibrium, Rick’s story is ultimately a positive one, deeply informed by his passion for creative expression through his music, a deep love of his wife of 26 years and their two sons, and his life-long quest for spiritual peace.
©2010 Rick Springfield (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio
As a child of the 80s It pains me to not like this book- Jesse's Girl was first song I heard coming out of my very first radio. It seemed like a sign, and I loved RS thereafter.
Which now seems rather ironic, given that he loves to talk about "signs" in his bio. And his many trysts, not to mention going on and on about how wonderful the wife he keeps cheating on is. And his depression, which he calls "Mr. D," and seems quite reminiscent of Dexter's Dark Passenger.
But none of it is in much depth- he's miserable enough to end up on lithium for a time, but doesn't really describe what either the depression or the relief feel like. He uses and tosses away many (many) girls but doesn't explain the inner mechanism that drives him to it. He and his wife have many issues to overcome, but there's no real explanation of how they do this- she's just "endlessly understanding" as they "work together."
Plus RS wants it both ways. In the book he literally chastises the reader for standing in judgement of him about all his behavior- some of which is quite creepy, including the only affair he goes into depth about, involving a clearly crazy kid with daddy issues. Yet without the sort of behavior that begets chastisement, what kind of book deal would he have gotten?
I have no doubt that he's suffered immensely in his life, both by circumstance and through his own actions. It would have been a much better book if the reader was able to find a larger sense of growth after his "late late night" finally ended.
I haven't got the print edition. I am unhappy that there is NO ACCOMPANYING PDF so that we audiobook purchasers can see the pictures, so the print edition certainly has that one over the audiobook.
I really got to like when he would give voice to his depression, which he calls "the Darkness" or "Mr. D". He uses his natural speaking accent (Australian) and I believe this added greatly to the honesty & emotional impact of the book.
I hope the writing of this book was cathartic and/or healing for him in some way, for it seems that the serious therapy he undertook in the past only helped him better understand his misery & what drives him. His bitterness at those who have wronged him and his willingness to share a fair number of his sexual conquests (which must number into the thousands) - that's the creepy part.
I very much liked how often he described how deeply he feels for his long-suffering wife, and throughout shed light on what sex addiction is really like; suffice it to say: addiction is addiction is addiction.
Another thing that is truly remarkable about this book is that he goes through - perhaps somewhat exhaustively - each one of his albums and shows us part of his songwriting process and how he made each one. After listening to the book, I went back and listened to several of the albums he's made in the last 30 years and the songwriting is solid. I especially like "Venus in Overdrive" & "Songs for the End of the World", but an album I really didn't care for when it came out, "Tao", seems very different to me now.
I mostly enjoyed this book & I mostly enjoyed hearing Rick Springfield read his own words. I think I was led to listen to this book after watching Dave Grohl's film, "Sound City", of which RS is a part (and I HIGHLY recommend this film if you are a music fan). Learning more of his story has made me reconsider his music and see him as the songwriter he really is, not as the teen idol I thought he was when I was in Junior High. As Springfield is in his mid-sixties in age and still rockin' pretty hard, I'm thinking I may have to make it a point go to one of his concerts and soon.
I was hoping there was some wisdom to be found in this book due to his battle with depression, but heard none. I found it slow moving and depressing.
I have been a fan for a long time however, have watched his recent troubles in the press and wondered what was really happening with him. This book is candid and makes Rick Springfield seem more human with the same problems we all have. The fact that he narrated it himself is a plus and by being truthful despite of any fall out from fans made this a worthwhile read. Highly recommend.
This tome is both very engaging and cringe inducing but as read by the author, still quite enjoyable. You expect tales of Rock and Roll excess and you get it! Don't be confused by some reviews, he doesn't excuse what he's done but he tries to provide a reason for it as best this broken man can. It may change how you think about some of his music.
Most enjoyable was to hear this in Rick Springfield's own voice!
I enjoyed Rick's humor while sharing his life with us. I also appreciate his candidness and honestly in his shared laughter and pain.
Only his music and acting. I love both.
The Darkness Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet
This was a very interesting book. It was very enjoyable and Rick seemed to write what and how he felt. He gave it to us straight and I am happy that he has someone to share his life with. This book let us enter his life and share his views of his success and the demons he's faced. I can certainly understand his depression. It is not an easy thing to get a grip on. May God Bless him and his family. I'm glad he will finally get his own Star in Hollywood next year.
As a Springfield fan, I enjoy the book. I enjoyed that fact that he narrated it. He has a interesting life and had lots of lows as well as highs in his career. I for one am glad the "rope broke"
I really enjoyed this book. It offers a lot of insight regarding the inspiration for many of his songs. Sure, his life was a bit odd, but it is what it is. I love that he narrated the book himself. It added an air of personalization to the whole experience.
Rick Springfield's candor is refreshing, eye-opening, and direct. I appreciated his honesty and the many glimpses into both his light and dark sides. His delivery is superb and made me LOL many times (in all the right places, of course). Definitely one of my favorite autobiographies thus far!
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