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.
©2013 Corey Feldman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
He has a gorgeous, rich voice. It's just so appealing. Loved listening to him! His imitations are spot on, too. He mimics Michael Jackson and Corey Haim perfectly. So great.
I loved it all. It was so engaging, couldn't put it down. It was hard to listen to the stories of abuse, but I applaud him for having the guts to lay it on the line like that.
OH my gosh, he does the BEST Michael Jackson I have ever ever heard, hands down. It's not some campy, faux high-pitched voice like we're used to hearing when people "do Michael"...he sounds EXACTLY like MJ. I was dying. When he is playing Michael and says, "This is my friend Corey Feldman...he's a goonie!" I had to replay it like five times. I seriously want to make it my ringtone.
I also liked the way he performed himself at a younger age - it worked...he sounded so vulnerable and innocent. Made me kind of sad, considering what he endured.
YES! I was listening to it while training for a marathon, and I'd actually run longer so I could continue listening.
Trust me, it does not disappoint. Of course, it helps if you grew up in the 80s and knew who he was, and saw his movies.
Yes, the story have great and you could tell it came from the heart.
The stories were written well but the different voices made the book great.
All of the movies he worked on, I had no idea what into making a movie. I will watch all of them again.
His relationship with his mother was hard to listen to but it helped me understand him better.
This was written very well. I could not have picked out a better first book.
I haven't read the print version
I would have to say it was when the press broadcast to the world that Corey Haim had died of a drug overdose before even an austopy or other medical info was released to say otherwise , Corey Feldman was the first to protest that NO his dear friend did not die from a drug overdose!!
He brought the book to life by reading it himself
Well done Corey! Thanks for sharing your story & awareness to the dangers to being a child star .. good to know there is tougher rules, guildlines & laws in place to protect child actors now ...
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.
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