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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The performance and behind the scenes
The emotion and character voices
Working through the chaos
It made me appreciate his body of work even more
As a chronicle of Feldman's descent into and recovery from addiction and an explanation of his relationships with Corey Haim and Michael Jackson, this is a serviceable record. He walks through the steps and missteps of his careers in acting and music. He addresses the physical and sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of family and "friends" and the effect that sexual abuse had on Haim.
But this is a rather dry and emotionless story which only seems to touch the surface of events. Feldman explains himself, but I didn't find myself emotionally engaged at any point. Even the break with Jackson, who had been practically the only genuine friend in whom he could trust, as Jackson was physically and mentally deteriorating toward the end of his life, seemed strangely bloodless. Feldman tells us he felt bewildered, hurt, and embarrassed, but I could not feel those things with him. In fact, he seemed more embarrassed and hurt that he was refused backstage passes and a ride on the bus than hurt that Jackson had withdrawn his friendship.
One last bit that actively annoyed me. After (very appropriately) pointing out that a teenage Haim was still the victim of abuse even though he was the initiator in a sexual relationship with an adult man, he then goes on to crow with satisfaction about his own earliest sexual experience, which occurred as a teen with an adult woman ten years his senior. Evidently he only considers it abuse if the adult is male.
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in the lower half of the field
I didn't enjoy his "voices" that he used for various characters - particularly for his mother. he made her sound like Harvey Fierstein! it was unsettling.
mostly it was a middle of the road experience, start to finish - however some of the discussion around the abuse by his mother was disturbing. if this is accurate information, she is one seriously messed up individual!
I didn't dislike this autobiography but something was lacking. I really like Feldman. I've enjoyed what I have seen of his movies/tv but a lot of the time he describes his career and his abilities at a higher level than I would afford him.
overall, it's worth a listen, if you're a fan at all.
Say something about yourself!
The behind the scenes challenges of a child star told with absolute brutal honesty. It took balls to throw this all out there.
His tone adds to the story as he mimics how people talk to him. If communication is 90 percent how you say it-- he just added 90 %. His impression of Michael Jackson was superb.
Thanks for throwing is all out there Corey!
I love listening to the actual celebrity's voice telling the story of their life. Corey told the story of his life very well and kept my interest to the point where I couldn't wait to get back in the car and listen more. He even imitated Michael Jackson, Corey Haim, his wife, and others very well. Really enjoyed this book.
I liked hearing about the ups and downs of his life...how he would find himself successful one minute and the next down and out. I loved how he never gave up.
This is the first work of Corey Feldman that I have listed to.
I feel like I know Corey Feldman and I guess that's the point of the book. After it was over, I wanted more.
It was coming from Corey, and that made the book very easy to listen to. You can hear the joy, reluctance, revulsion and pain in his voice.
Of course, it was Corey Feldman.
No, this is my first Audible review.
I started to listen to the book on a Thursday and finished by Saturday evening. I even listened to it at work which I don't normally do.
It's a very heart-felt book. Sometimes, we think of former child actors and roll our eyes. We don't see the inner circle. He made it clear that what was done to him was not his fault, and it wasn't. He was a child with no parental supervision. Sure, he made his own choices at times but there was no adult to give him an alternative. You can tell that he wanted to make changes in his life but with the inner circle he had around him, it was very difficult. He's a very strong person. Kudos to turning his life around.
yes...just in case I missed something
How he continues to move on, even though the many downfalls he has had.
The emphasis of the tragedies he has experienced.
Yes in deed.
A long time fan of Corey Feldman..it was hard to listen too at times due too his awful tragedies. I cried while listening to him read. It was a world I didn't think Corey Feldman has lived. It is amazing that he got through it all. It was also heart warming to hear him talk about becoming and being a father.
All of the voices like Michael Jackson, his mother etc.
Did not finish too much drama and seemed like it was just a written play
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