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Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind

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ISBN13: 9780062273154
ISBN10: 0062273159
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Hollywood was built on beautiful and complicated matinee idols: James Dean and Marlon Brando are classic examples, but in the 1990s, the actor who embodied that archetype was River Phoenix. As the brightly colored 1980s wound down, a new crew of leading men began to appear on movie screens. Hailed for their acting prowess and admired for choosing meaty roles, actors such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, and Brad Pitt were soon rocketing toward stardom while an unknown Leonardo DiCaprio prepared to make his acting debut. River Phoenix, however, stood in front of the pack. Blessed with natural talent and fueled by integrity, Phoenix was admired by his peers and adored by his fans. More than just a pinup on teenage girls' walls, Phoenix was also a fervent defender of the environment and a vocal proponent of a vegan lifestyle — well on his way to becoming a symbol of his generation. At age eighteen, he received his first Oscar nomination. But behind his beautiful public face, there was a young man who had been raised in a cult by nonconformist parents, who was burdened with supporting his family from a young age, and who eventually succumbed to addiction, escaping into a maelstrom of drink and drugs.

And then he was gone. After a dozen films, including Stand by Me and My Own Private Idaho, and with a seemingly limitless future, River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. He was twenty-three years old.

In Last Night at the Viper Room, bestselling author and journalist Gavin Edwards toggles between the tragic events at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Halloween 1993 and the story of an extraordinary life. Last Night at the Viper Room is part biography, part cultural history of the 1990s, and part celebration of River Phoenix, a Hollywood icon gone too soon. Full of interviews from his fellow actors, directors, friends, and family, Last Night at the Viper Room shows the role he played in creating the place of the actor in our modern culture and the impact his work still makes today.

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“Twenty years after his death, River Phoenix remains as enigmatic and elusive as ever. Last Night at the Viper Room tells the heart-shredding story of how this haunted actor left such a big impression in such a brief time.” Rob Sheffield, New York Times bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape

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In Last Night at the Viper Room, acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenix — a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywood's storied club, the Viper Room, at the age of 23.

Last Night at the Viper Room explores the young star's life, including his childhood in Venezuela growing up under the aegis of the cultish Children of God. Putting him at the center of a new generation of leading men emerging in the early 1990s — including Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, and Leonardo DiCaprio — Gavin Edwards traces the Academy Award nominees meteoric rise, couches him in an examination of the 1990s, and illuminates his lasting legacy on Hollywood and popular culture itself.

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lukas, February 22, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
I'm a little embarrassed I picked this up, but, hey, I was about the same age as Phoenix and remember when he died in October 1993. The title is somewhat misleading as this covers his whole life, from his unconventional hippie upbringing and involvement with the Christian cult Children of God to his early acting gigs to his final, drugged-out days. It's written in a typical actor bio fashion, half-earnest and half-dishy, and it's kind of fun for the famous people that float through (various Chili Peppers, Ione Skey) and the other young Hollywood-ers he worked with (Keanu Reeves, Ethan Hawke). Like Kurt Cobain, who died the next year, the sadness is both for the senseless loss and the squandered potential. Had he lived he probably could've had either Johnny Depp's (the co-owner of the Viper Room, where Phoenix overdosed) or Leonardo Di Caprio's career.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062273154
Subtitle:
River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind
Author:
Edwards, Gavin
Publisher:
It Books
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20131022
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.97 in 22.8 oz

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"Review" by , “Twenty years after his death, River Phoenix remains as enigmatic and elusive as ever. Last Night at the Viper Room tells the heart-shredding story of how this haunted actor left such a big impression in such a brief time.”
"Synopsis" by , In Last Night at the Viper Room, acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenix — a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywood's storied club, the Viper Room, at the age of 23.

Last Night at the Viper Room explores the young star's life, including his childhood in Venezuela growing up under the aegis of the cultish Children of God. Putting him at the center of a new generation of leading men emerging in the early 1990s — including Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, and Leonardo DiCaprio — Gavin Edwards traces the Academy Award nominees meteoric rise, couches him in an examination of the 1990s, and illuminates his lasting legacy on Hollywood and popular culture itself.

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