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 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.
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.
I didn't know much about Rick Springfield before I listened to this book. It was interesting enough and insightful. I feel I know much more about him and never felt bored, but I was not bowled over. There was just something lacking almost like the story was too short he didn't delve deep enough into his first found fame or his life when famous it focused much more on his inner demons and inner monologue and you never really got a true sense of what his life was like as the rockstar you imagine you got more of the knowledge of what it's like to be inside the head of a man who struggled with depression which in itself was amazing insightful, just wish there had been a little more about the musician.
avoiding road rage one book at a time...
I was drawn to this book because I am a lover of music & biographies; even more of music biographies. I consider myself moderate fan of Rick Springfield's music and his earlier career on GH in the 80s.
I am glad to learn Rick was able to continue in his chosen line(s) of work, adored his parents, is a very hard worker and is a devoted father to his two sons. I appreciate his honesty and candor regarding his infidelity and depression, which he continually refers to as his "sexual stuff" and "the darkness", both of which feel like a very insufficient way to describe his clinical depression, body dysmorphia and sex addiction. Com'on Rick, you've had enough therapy to call a spade a spade.
I can appreciate Rick Springfield is a mere mortal, fallible and has made many earnest attempts to 'right his ship'. However, I can't help but think of his wife of almost 30 years, who he has betrayed more times than NY subway system makes stops. Now she and their kids, and anyone wanting access, have every sordid detail of his treachery in writing. Anyone who wants to know, can know what Barbara has repeatedly tolerated. Even though Rick makes multiple attempts to explain his behavior and expresses vehemently that his wife is an extremely private person, this book feels like another betrayal against her. If Barbara is truly as private as Rick declares, how can having this book out there make her feel?! He had an all-consuming affair with a 21 year old when he was 50! I mean, honestly! I was angry for her throughout most of this book and I couldn't enjoy reading what is otherwise a very interesting life story. I commend her loyalty; she is a much better/bigger person than I could ever be.
It should be mentioned that Rick does a really great job of reading his own book. Excellent intonation and love his keen ability to sound 100% American and 100% Australian. He is a talented man.
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.
I didnt read the print version but I can 100% say its better than the print version because RS is the narrator and he's fantastic.
His Aussie accent, his sarcasm and honesty.
Yes. It made me respect him for being real and I'm a bigger fan because of it.
Really enjoyed this as big fan of his back in the day. Glad he read it as it makes it more personal and he has the emotion for his life that others just can't pull off. Learnt things about him that I didn't know and who knew 'Jessie's Girl' was really Gary's girl!
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