Synopses & Reviews
Legendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstarand#8212;from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like and#8220;Time After Time,and#8221; and#8220;Girls Just Want to Have Fun,and#8221; and and#8220;True Colors,and#8221; to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, and#8220;gal Friday the thirteenth,and#8221; as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with andlt;Iandgt;Sheand#8217;s So Unusual, andlt;/Iandgt;which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasnand#8217;t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most. Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a causeand#8212;whether itand#8217;s womenand#8217;s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With her trademark warmth and humor, Cyndi fearlessly writes of a life sheand#8217;s lived only on her own terms.
"Here, the legendary singer and style icon guides readers through her life journey, beginning in Ozone Park, Queens, where she grew up and from whence she fled a lecherous stepfather at age 17. Lauper honed her musical craft over years of playing clubs while working a bizarre assortment of odd jobs from receptionist at the Simon & Schuster publishing house, to cleaning a Hare Krishna temple in exchange for food, and entertaining businessmen at a Japanese piano bar in midtown Manhattan before finally breaking out with 1983's She's So Unusual. She discusses at length the composition process, as well as the constant struggle to maintain creative control in the midst of pushy producers and record execs. In addition to the nitty-gritty of the music business, Lauper holds forth on feminism, fame, and the bizarre feeling of being 'totally sucked up and taken' into the loving arms of pop culture. She writes powerfully of losing her close friend Gregory to AIDS in the late '80s, an experience that inspired songs like 'Boy Blue' and prompted Lauper to found the True Colors Fund, a gay rights advocacy group. Lauper is fearless in describing some of her most painful moments including a sexual assault by a band mate, an abortion, and crippling depression but her story is also loaded with lighter anecdotes and behind-the-scenes dirt. This is a terrific look inside the mind of an incredibly gifted, delightfully eccentric musician. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Legendary and iconic singer, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper offers a personal account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Jancee Dunn andlt;/bandgt;has written three books, including the rock memoir andlt;iandgt;But Enough About Meandlt;/iandgt;. She writes for many publications, including andlt;iandgt;The New York Times, Vogueandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;O, The Oprah Magazineandlt;/iandgt;.