A deeply personal and revealing Hollywood-survival story.
Lovable child star by age ten, international teen idol by fifteen, and to this day a perennial pop-culture staple, Corey Feldman has not only spent the entirety of his life in the spotlight, he's become just as famous for his off-screen exploits as for his roles in such classic films as Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand by Me. He's been linked to a slew of Hollywood starlets (including Drew Barrymore, Vanessa Marcil, and adult entertainer Ginger Lynn), shared a highly publicized friendship with Michael Jackson, and with his frequent costar Corey Haim enjoyed immeasurable success as one half of the wildly popular duo "The Two Coreys,"spawning seven films, a 1-900 number, and "Coreymania" in the process. What child of the eighties didn't have a Corey Feldman poster hanging in her bedroom, or a pile of Tiger Beats stashed in his closet?
Now, in this brave and moving memoir, Corey is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.
While Corey has managed to overcome the traps that ensnared so many other entertainers of his generation—he's still acting, isa touring musician, and is a proud father to his son, Zen—many of those closest to him haven't been so lucky. In the span of one year, he mourned the passing of seven friends and family members, including Corey Haim and Michael Jackson. In the wake of those tragedies, he's spoken publicly about the dark side of fame, lobbied for legislation affording greater protections for children in the entertainment industry, and lifted the lid off of what he calls Hollywood's biggest secret.
Coreyography is his surprising account ofsurvival and redemption.
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I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
I don't like a guided review, so here are my thoughts...I always thought he was a talented actor. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two Coreys, I never gave one thought to what life was doing to those boys and I feel guilty that this happens over and over again in 'Hollywood'--but really throughout the world. Corey does a fine job of telling his story and highlighting Corey Haim's...his voice rings true in the telling. He also comes across as a survivor, a hero in his own lifestory--as he should. He stole a piece of my heart along the way. The mother in me wants to comfort the child he was, the lost boy he became, and the wounded man he is...but the woman in me knows this is unnecessary, he's all grown up. Scars and all, this man has found his way and does not need my comfort. I admire his fighting spirit and I wish him all the best, it takes real courage to strip away your defenses and expose yourself to the light.
I found the book to be well written, no cloying self pity clouding the storyline, just a glaringly honest accounting of his life to date. I do recommend the book.
This purchase was a whim for me, based mainly on having heard quite a bit in the news lately about the 'Hollywood pedophile rings' that Feldman brought out into the open in the days after Corey Haim's death. For people my age (I'm 38), this book had a lot of nostalgic appeal that I had not really expected to feel. I never got into the whole Two Coreys craze, but I saw almost all of the movies discussed in this book. This includes the movies that Corey Feldman was actually in, and also the ones he mentions auditioning for or really wanting a role in. It was actually really interesting to hear the behind-the-scenes stories for Stand By Me, The Goonies, etc.
As a narrator, Corey Feldman was very interesting to listen to. He does amazing voice impressions of Michael Jackson, Corey Haim, Steven Spielberg, and others. Really, it was quite uncanny, particularly considering how distinctive Feldman's voice is.
The two things that are controversial in the book are his description of his upbringing with his mother and father (both depicted as pretty much monsters) and his discussion of sexual abuse of young boys by adult male pederasts. I don't have much comment on his parents because I have no reason to disbelieve anything he says. If that was really his experience growing up, it's a miracle he survived his drug addiction at all.
I have read a fair amount of criticism about Feldman's decision to 1) describe the Hollywood pedophiles he encountered without naming them and 2) to describe Corey Haim's abuse after his death. Many seem to feel that he should have named names if he was going to go so far as to give such details (making it his responsibility to unmask the unpunished abusers still working in Hollywood). Others felt it was either inappropriate or even exploitative to expose Corey Haim's sexual abuse when Haim himself never wanted it to be known. I guess neither of these things really bothered me. Feldman's assessment that he could be sued for libel or otherwise crushed by Hollywood bigwigs since the statute of limitations has long since run on the offenses is almost certainly correct.
In my opinion, providing a detailed description of the grooming of these two boys by exploitative pedophiles is a public service designed more to help children in Hollywood (or elsewhere) recognize what it is if it starts to happen. It also really shines a light on how drug and alcohol use is related.
Really the only criticism I have for the book is that in places, particularly as relates to guilty knowledge of Haim's abuse by Feldman, Feldman downplays what he did, said, or thought at the time to make his conduct seem more harmless than it might have been. Not only does it seem self-serving, but it isn't really necessary. One incident in particular comes to mind.
Feldman describes an incident with Haim where Haim (a teenager) is sort of coming on to him, wanting to mess around sexually because there are no girls present, and Feldman suggests that Haim instead do so with "Marty," a gay adult male in the room. According to Feldman, Haim and Marty go in the other room where it is obvious that sex of some sort is happening. Feldman sort of downplays his role in this by saying that he had not been serious, just wanted Haim to leave him alone, etc.
We also hear about Feldman being roommates/friends with "Tony," another adult male who had an ongoing sexual relationship with Corey Haim when Haim was very young. Haim, years later, confronted Feldman about this and clearly felt betrayed by Feldman remaining friends with his abuser despite knowing about the abuse and its impact on him.
Feldman is not as brutally honest about the complexities of the situation as he is regarding his drug addiction and other aspects of his story, and it shows. It is clear that he feels guilty and complicit in Haim's abuse, as well as his own abuse, but he can't quite admit that and exorcise those demons. Don't get me wrong, I certainly do not think that Feldman is responsible for what happened to him OR what happened to Haim. I blame the culture they were in and, of course, the pedophiles and abusers themselves. However, Feldman's conflicted feelings are so clearly THERE that it is a bit distracting that he can't quite recognize them and still feels the need to somewhat downplay his knowledge of Haim's abuse, as if knowing about it gave him the responsibility to act even though he was also only a kid at the time.
If you were a pre teen, teen in the 80's this is a good read. I didn't want to stop listening because I was afraid I would miss something!
This is one of the best biographies I have read. I grew up in the 80's with Corey's films. He tells an honest and straight forward truth about what went on behind the scenes. It's shocking to know what most people don't realize child stars go though. After reading or "Hearing" this, I realize it starts with their parents. These kids many times aren't protected. I have a great deal of respect for Corey Feldman that he made it through.
This is one of the best I have read because he doesn't hold back. The whole book is punch after punch on events that shaped this man's life. I grew up in LA and always have heard stories but it's shocking when Corey validates it. I hope this book helps others. I hope other kids that are in acting read this.
I couldn't compare it to any. I truly felt this was honestly written. I tend to read old rock star biographies and they don't seem as sincere as this. Mostly because they did so many drugs they really don't remember. I think it took a lot of courage for him to write this book. I am sure it was healing to him because I am sure you will never 100% recover from what this man went through.
It was shocking, sad but also brought back memories of my own childhood watching these films as a kid.
This is a great book and I highly recommend it. He bears his heart and it's honest. I hope other child stars or parents of future child stars read this book. I grew up in this town and the Hollywood glamour is a big illusion. It's not all bad, but it's not all good.
First of all, I am NOT usually a fan of celebrity memoirs. But this book was AMAZING. I'm a long time fan of Corey's- but I love that you don't have to be a fan or have any prior knowledge going into it, to still enjoy the book. It's brutally honest and constantly breaks your heart. I couldn't stop listening to it. For two days straight I had my headphones in no matter what I was doing. The subject of sexual abuse in Hollywood is so taboo and humiliating, I'm glad someone had the courage to finally speak out about it. And lastly, I was really happy that Corey himself was the one reading the book. It made it more personal and he does great voice impressions of the other characters- especially Michael Jackson. It really felt like Corey was in the room with me telling me his story.
My favorite books are autobiographies read by the author and this does not disappoint. Loved Corey's performance, emotions, and accents throughout the book
All were great (for different reasons) - his parents, Corey Haim, industry folks like Donner and Spielberg, and of course - Michael Jackson (for whom Feldman has great respect)
I am amazed with his tenacity throughout the difficult times in his life and his relentless pursuit of a positive attitude
I didn't know too much about Feldman and was impressed that he shared his story and experiences. Great audio performance - heartfelt and genuine. Give it a try, it does not disappoint!
The book needed some serious editing. Surely they paid Corey something for it so you'd think they would actually put someone on it to check for mistakes, awkward grammar and the like. Same goes for the performance editor.
I'm sorry but he was terrible. Way over the top in his accents and dramatic emphasis. Was there no one producing this audio with him or was he just sitting there reading by himself? Lots of mispronounced words; "em - BLAH - zoned" and terrible grammar (e.g. when describing an excess of something, he uses the word "dearth") Its as if he chose words he'd heard before, liked the sound of them and then went ahead and used them without knowing their meaning. There's a lot of wording that sounds unnatural - as if he's trying to sound more worldly or literary than needed. He must say "completely and utterly" or "completely and totally" at least 5 times and it's noticeable. That may have to do with his actual book editor. If he was truly reading from the book, then that editor needs a demotion. The performance itself though is also a trial. Corey gets tired and starts speaking in short bursts. He pauses dramatically every time he sees the word 'but," adding newscaster-like urgency often to the most mundane sentences. It sounds like he loses interest in telling his own story and then wakes himself up to feign actor-like emotion when describing tragic events.
I learned enough.
Overall he is the perfect example of the perfect storm of terrible family life meets Hollywood success. He seems unaware of his actual level of fame and equates it with more than it is. I hope he is truly recovered but it sounds like the damage is done. His recovery feels like a performance.
This one is a roller-coaster. It provides excellent insight to the curious world of "the two Corey's" while reminding us of the tumultuous lives of child entertainers.
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Corey Feldman had it hard. His parents were awful and he was sexually abused as a teen. I felt really bad for him and admire him for speaking up now about the abuse.
But he still blames virtually all of his adult behavior on other people. Almost every time he took a hard drug, he says someone duped him into it or at least worked hard to convince him. According to him, he was a devoted friend/boyfriend/husband, but was continually let down by others. He's outraged that Michael Jackson had the gall to accuse him of wanting to write about him in a book; yet this book spends a lot of time doing just that. Almost every schlocky movie Feldman did was because he was desperate for money or was fooled into believing it would be a good film when he signed onto the project, according to Feldman. It's just excuse after excuse.
He brags about his current artistic and financial successes and charitable endeavors, but if you Google him you'll find him partying on multiple recent occasions with what look like cheap prostitutes and read that his landlord is trying to evict him for nonpayment of rent.
He had a very difficult childhood, but now that he's in his forties I believe it's time for him to take responsibility for his actions instead of blaming everyone else. I like memoirs to be honest and open. This one seemed to have a lot of subterfuge.
Very interesting book. It was refreshing to hear about Feldman's childhood but it was tacky that he chose to "out" his former bff, Haim. Haim is no longer here to tell his story- neither is Michael Jackson. It sounded as though Feldman whined throughout the book and didn't take much accountability for his actions. It was always someone's fault. Other than that, it was a decent listen.
"Nostalgia, shock, and laughter."
If you have any interest in film or the 80s "scene" this will blow you away. Apart from the frankly shocking upbringing this guy endured you will be listening intently throughout.
He describes in good detail the making of the best films he was in, this covers casting, payment, and lots more to do with the filmmaking process. I personally learned a lot about what really goes on behind the scenes. Kills the magic but so intresting.
Do not hesitate, this is a splendid addition to an audio library.
"Changed my view of him completely"
heartbreaking in places, darkly funny in others. overall a good read. well performed.really enjoyed it
Corey Feldman's story of his life growing up is just shocking and heartbreaking. I knew of his struggles with addiction, but understanding what he went through shines a light on how and why all that happened. It's promising to hear how he's come out the other side, strong and while, but so sad for many of his fallen friends along the way.
It's hard to say you enjoyed a book that shines a light on abuse and suffering endured and overcome, but it's enlightening and hopeful as well. If you grew up in the era of his films, and enjoy a good biography then this is worth a listen.
But just a warning, this is not for very sensitive souls. It is honest and graphic, and it will break your heart right from the introduction
"This book was fantastic!"
This book was a real "page turner". I could not stop listening. I would listen when I would normally have the radio on or reading a book. It seemed ever sentence had you wanting more! What did I miss? There was so much information, you want to listen again and again.
I fell in love with Corey in the Goonies when I was a kid, but watching him in Lost Boys was great as he was getting older and holding even more of a screen presence.
I think I liked most the way he looks at life. There was no real passing judgement, just acceptance of his innocence. He has a very unique way of viewing the world. I liked it.
He is still very compelling to watch on screen, and I hope that he is around for many more years.
a great trip down the eighty's Road. A little to perfect towards the end though.
"very interesting. loved it!"
Really loved listening this to this book. Gripped me to the end. Amazing how he beat all the troubles of his childhood and battled on through it.
This is an absolute must for fans of core feedback or his movies in general or just an insight into the filthy dirty twisted world of Hollywood an how so n any young stats are sucked in an spat put by it if you don't play by the rules of the satanist that rule that deluded dream world known as show business. Honest harsh and sad realities revealed. Great audio book.
A great insight into a the lifestyle of a Hollywood star, which isn't all it seems to be from the view of us 'normal' everyday people. A lot darker than i expected but glad he didn't hold back on important issues and sinister times that are probably still going on within Hollywood.
Loved hearing first hand memories of the making of all his childhood classics he was in, with him being my fav ever childhood actor this was pure gold for me and loved every minute.
I found the book answered a lot of my questions iv'e often thought of over the years... why do child stars end up on heavy drugs etc, rehab... all seems so predictable that they go through these phases but this book answers a lot of them questions and makes the picture a lot clearer.
Thanks Corey for opening my eyes and for the memories.
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