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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Growing up amid the teen heart-throb frenzy of the two Corey's I was mildly interested in the biography of Corey Feldman. The voice of the book is clean and simple and Corey Feldman has a pretty interesting life story. It was fascinating getting a glimpse into the world of child actors. The pressure they have to deal from their parents and the impossible task of having adult responsibilities while still being a child are gripping, like watching a train wreck. Feldman delves into the dark side of Hollywood he writes of drugs and molestation and failing careers. By the end of the book I was finding it difficult to like Corey Feldman at all. His character is weak, his decisions are terrible and he has a problem with loyalty. But there is one thing I will give him, he had the courage to put it all out there and the result is a pretty damn good biography.
I was quite surprised at how much I liked this book. Corey's story is not what I expected - it was tragic and heartfelt and interesting. I have a whole new respect for him and am reminded that we never really know someones story, no matter what we see or hear about them.
I remember when Corey Feldman was the hottest ticket in town. Then he disappeared, or so I thought. In this book he tells his many interesting stories of being famous and being infamous. What I didn't expect was how thoughtful he seemed and how much he has been misjudged all these years. There are stories of his relationship with Michael Jackson, his abuse at the hands of his mother and his downward spiral. Well worth the credit.
Yes, this was a very captivating book, very entertaining.
Dean and Me, by Jerry Lewis
This was a good book, the PROFORMANCE Corey Feldmen gave, yes you could tell it was another acting job, was well given. I was slightly disappointed that is was so evident that the story was more of and acting job than a tell all. It was a very good STORY, but I doubt if I would listen to anything else he writes.
Probably, although I didn't read the book, just did the audiobook. It's Corey Feldman's story and he's reading it and so it feels like he's in the room talking to you.
Honestly it was like A Child Called It in some spots when he was detailing his abuse from his mom. I don't read a lot of autobiographies like this so I'm not sure.
I grew up loving Corey Haim but I felt like I understood Corey Feldman better after reading this book. Actually, this book made me have a new respect for Keifer Sutherland.
This book made me cry actually which I did not expect. I liked the Corey's when I kid but now at 38 years old thinking of all the abuse they dealt with make me sad.
Once you read this book you will never see movies like License To Drive, Lost Boys and Dream a Little Dream the same way again.
Yes! Its an awesome autobio that makes me feel nostalgic
Lots! His special times with Michael Jackson and Corey Hiam
Yes. Corey's life was fascinating, and he did a superb job of narrating the book himself.
Emancipation from his parents.
He did a spot on impersonation of Michael Jackson.
Excellent memoir, and I felt that Corey was candid. I wish he would of went into more details on why him and his wife divorced.
I really had no idea what to expect when I bought this book. I knew little about Corey Feldman, but WOW. The honesty with which he told his story without sounding like a victim is mind-blowing. He very easily could have slipped into that mode and never once did he. From start to finish the brutal honesty in which he told his life story is at times heartbreaking and unbelievable, but it's a story of perseverance and I was truly pleasantly surprised by this book .
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I feel like I know Corey Feldman from growing up with his movies, but in his new celebrity memoir he reveals a side the public didn’t see. Feldman tells the true Hollywood story of a child star and doesn’t hold anything back. It’s a cautionary tale about what fame does to kids in the business. Feldman grew up on TV and movie sets, becoming the family breadwinner before he was in double digits, and eventually the pressure took its toll. Bullying, drugs, and physical and emotional abuse left a permanent mark on Feldman, and he tells all in this gutsy memoir.
Corey Feldman worked with actor Corey Haim, and the two would be known as "The Coreys." Haim's story intersects with Feldman’s in Coreyography. Haim had his own demons and story to tell, but of course he didn’t get that chance, and Coreyography begins with the death of Feldman’s childhood friend.
In this memoir, Corey Feldman discusses his turbulent home life, where his mom was on drugs and physically and emotionally abused him. Even though he had to work long, hard hours at a young age, supporting his family, he felt safer on set than at home, and eventually he won legal emancipation at age fifteen. But even so there were still dangers on set and people ready to take advantage of his innocence.
Feldman dishes about life on a movie set, the good times and bad, like learning to cry on cue, and meeting celebrity friends like Michael Jackson, ironically one of the most stable influences in his life. When Feldman wasn’t on set, he had to attend school like anyone else. You’d think that a child star would be popular at school but he was bullied like nobody’s business.
It’s uncomfortable at times listening to Feldman speak so frankly about the abuse he suffered. But you get the sense that he’s a survivor and is using his experience to inspire others to get help.
I listened to the audiobook, performed by Corey Feldman himself. He shows emotion throughout the intensely personal story, and pokes fun at himself at times. Also- who knew he was so good at celebrity impressions? His Michael Jackson impression is uncanny. Feldman performs a lot of voice personalities throughout the book, like Sam Kinison, Paul Reubens, and Kiefer Sutherland. The voice Feldman uses for his mother is exaggerated and makes her even less sympathetic. Corey Feldman’s own voice has his signature rasp and the story is that much more meaningful coming from his mouth. On the technical side, there’s a few awkward pauses and inconsistent phrasing in the delivery but they didn’t detract from the story.
This is an entertaining celebrity memoir that movie fans will eat up. There’s a who’s who of 80s-era teen celebrities in Coreyography that provide a sense of nostalgia, and will make you never want to put your kid in the movies.
This may very well be the best autobiography ever written by a celebrity, and believe you me I have read/listened to many in my 53 years!
Corey is brutally honest in his book about himself, other celebrities, the Hollywood industry, children in the acting profession, drug abuse, child abuse and molestation, as well as other topics.
Although Corey's descriptions of drug and child abuse brought tears to my eyes, there are other parts of the book that made me laugh; however be warned that this book is not for the timid or squeamish because Corey holds nothing back.
I can only imagine how therapeutic this book was for Corey to write and I highly recommend it not just to his fans, but more importantly to those who have suffered from drug or child abuse.
Definitely get the audio version that is narrated by the author as Corey does a flawless job with the narration and his emotions come through very well in his voice!
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