• All I Ever Wanted

  • A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir
  • By: Kathy Valentine
  • Narrated by: Kathy Valentine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (452 ratings)

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All I Ever Wanted

By: Kathy Valentine
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At 21, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go's - and the band needed a bassist. The Go-Go's became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play instruments themselves, write their own songs, and have a number one album. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and featured the hit songs "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed". The record's success brought the pressures of a relentless workload and schedule culminating in a wild, hazy, substance-fueled tour that took the band from the club circuit to arenas, where fans, promoters, and crew were more than ready to keep the party going.

For Valentine, the band's success was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream - but it's only part of her story. All I Ever Wanted traces the path that took her from her childhood in Texas - where she all but raised herself - to the height of rock n' roll stardom, devastation after the collapse of the band that had come to define her, and the quest to regain her sense of self after its end. Valentine also speaks candidly about the lasting effects of parental betrayal, abortion, rape, and her struggles with drugs and alcohol - and the music that saved her every step of the way. Populated with vivid portraits of Valentine's interactions during the 1980s with musicians and actors from the Police and Rod Stewart to John Belushi and Rob Lowe, All I Ever Wanted is a deeply personal reflection on a life spent in music.

©2020 Kathy Valentine (P)2020 Hachette Original

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A rock n roll memoir like no other!

I love this audio book. Aside from being read by the author it comes with a soundtrack, written and performed by her as well. This adds a unique experience to this version of the book that is truly special. What a terrific idea to include a soundtrack. Not only do you get KV’s story as a Go-Go but my favorite chapters are those before and after the Go-Go’s—the band that she helped make famous. Those chapters tell of a life filled with struggles, disappointments, cheers and love. The arc of redemption at the end is not only satisfying but leaves you wanting more! I read the book before I listened to it, and each version gives new insights into a woman’s life that we’ve never experienced before. I’ve known Kathy for 25 years and much of what was in this book I did not know. It’s a fascinating read. I know you will enjoy it.

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  • 04-19-21

A cut above

I was expecting a stereotypical rock memoir but this was much better than that. Telling some of the events in both prose and song was very effective. Valentines narration is a bit understated but effective. I didn’t come away completely understanding why a group of people with such success would sabotage it repeatedly, but I did feel like I got a fascinating look at a very creative, vulnerable, and resilient person.

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Go-Gos fan from the beginning

I thoroughly enjoyed this book/reading, especially after watching the HBO special earlier this year. In that special, the girls seemed to harbor a ton of resentment toward each other, so much so, that I wish I hadn’t seen it. Understandably, they are probably sick to death of rehashing the drama esp since that’s what the interviewers are going for.
This insight into Kathy’s life was really interesting and showed (1) the Go-Go’s weren’t the fluke they seemed to be on HBO (2) Kathy’s family and friendship dynamics were super interesting, crazy, sad, exciting and the way she navigated some of them were so interesting and showed a sense of humility & strength that is really beyond measure, especially for a rock star.
I’ve seen the Go-Go’s a handful of times, with and without Kathy, and I’ll just say the one without her was the worst concert I’ve ever been to. I found it completely unenjoyable.
Lastly, I’ll add how much better the stories are when the author reads them him/herself. It’s practically imperative.

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A true heroine

I have just finished this book I didn't realise how much talent Kathy Valentine had I saw the go go's with the police in 1981 at the Brandywine race track in Philadelphia. At the height of their career, they were fabulous, girls rocking out, and then I saw them About 15 years ago on the return Tour in Portsmouth Va, both shows were fabulous.I loved Cathy's book because she was honest. She showed her struggle through life to make something of herself And to not give up. I found her character to be a true heroin. We've all made mistakes, but a true heroine learns and builds from there. I wish this book came out when I was in high school (1979). It might way saved me from some of the foolish crap I did to myself. Thank you I really enjoyed your book. You were always my husband's favorite. And now I have a new respect for you. Your daughter must be very proud.🙂

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A wild life and story!

Kathy is honest and frank, it’s worth listening to , it’s a great book If you’re a music fan or a GO GO fan give it a whirl.

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Interesting

It was fun to listen to her story and the story of the Go Go's but this book did not go into the depth of Belinda's book "Lips Unsealed" Also she sets up the end of this book up for a second book. I did like how she would sign a song about the next chapter but after a while that got to be to much, more so if you are listening to it in bed and trying to relax. Her voice is a nice one to listen too but she does not bring any real life to her stories when she tells them, she is way to monotone in her reading/telling of her life.

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Enjoyable listen, with music interludes

Well written, easy to follow, but we seem shortchanged at the end. After AA rehab, we are rushed through an ending that includes Another break-up of the band, a dismissal, assorted adventures, a marriage and child rearing...a paragraph of words. Would read/listen to Part 2, which is given a short shrift

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Loved hearing from this Texas gal

Kathy Valentine’s forthright book is courageous and sincere. I loved hearing about her early days in the Austin music scene. Kathy is proof that someone can survive pain, poverty and suffering only to come out like honed steel on the other side.

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Memoiry

A basic story with interesting inside info on one the 80s most known bands. He author gets real toward then end but one senses a lingering lack of self awareness.

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Couldn’t put it down and stop reading Ms. Valentine’s book!

I bought the book as well as the audible version. What an incredible journey to take with her! The insights, the ups and downs along with the ability to read and hear what she was going through made this an incredible read.

Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  • Nicky Ramone
  • 09-05-21

Unexpectedly excellent

I really enjoyed this book… the author’s life is out of the ordinary and very interesting. She narrates it very well too. I loved the musical interludes too. She pretty much liked all the music I did and her life revolved around music as did mine, except that I am tone deaf with no musical ability.

Well done to her for overcoming all her difficulties and obstacles, and thank you to Ms. Valentine for telling it to me so interestingly.

I listened to it in a single weekend. I listened recently to Peter Hook’s autobiography. This book was much more interesting.

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  • George W. Peden
  • 06-27-21

Go-go get this...

Ms. Valentine shares it all in her three chords and the truth expose. As a known identity in her long-term rock voyage, she shares love, disappointment, and eventual fame. The journey is not without its bruises and bruisings, all of which our heroine displays openly and honestly. One gets the feel --well, okay, I did -- this was audio which was cathartic, clearing and cleansing. We, as listeners, have been taken on a historic ride. Buckle up, settle in and enjoy the scenery. I did. Two thumbs up.