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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ome (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439191158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439191156
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy and Smiling TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 July 2014
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I liked Rick Springfield's music in the 80's. I'm now in my mid-40's and on a bit of nostagia trip, so I bought this book on the back of some amazing reviews. I was not disappointed. The book is a real page turner as Rick's life has been anything but bland. Rick had to really persevere to reach the level success that he attained, and at numerous turns life dealt him a crap hand and he lost everything more than once. This is a wittily written book of fighting against the odds to succeed, fighting depression, gritty perseverance, not to mention a shocking account of the excesses of a rock star lifestyle that are both disturbing and fascinating to us mere mortals. It reminded me of the book "the 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared", as Rick really has had an extremely interesting and varied life. I didn't know any of this stuff - he was in vietnam during the war, he lived in England for a couple of years (people of Woking in Surrey - read this book!), he left everything behind in Australia to pursue his dream in America. He can truly write too, and alll credit to him for not using a ghost writer. Even if you have never heard a Rick Springfield song, or liked his music, this book is fascinating. Anyone who has felt life hasn't been kind to you, then read this book and it will make you realise that you should never give up. For those that fight the dark demons of depression, this book is also enlightening and uplifting. For those that think they could never attain what Rick Springfield attained : it is never too late, and he didn't get any breaks - he fought for everything, and he deserves a happy life and to finally enjoy the rewards of his success.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Robson on 6 Feb 2014
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Rick Springfield is to be congratulated on this compelling and brutally honest account of his life. Warts and all, this is a no holds barred entirely revealing account of Rick's fame, fortune, misfortune, love, loss, depression and pure life force! I have read many autobiographies that fail to give anything but a highly edited, guarded account of the writer, such that it leaves you asking the question; what was the point of writing this?

I have been a huge admirer of Rick's music and song writing since the release of Jessie's girl. Despite the fact that Jessie's girl is one of the most finely crafted pop / rock songs ever written, much of Rick's music seems to have been overlooked by the critics. To this day I still find this amazing. As a fellow songwriter I have often been in awe of Rick's depth of thought, complexity and insight to his music, which has been truly inspiring to millions of people. His level of introspection, whilst fuelling songs that are incredibly powerful and poignant has also seemingly fuelled his lifelong relationship with depression. The fact that Rick is brave enough to openly describe his experiences with depression displays enormous humanity and humility.

I have to confess that midway through the book, based on Rick's 'bare account' of his 'stereotypical' rock star behaviour I was beginning to dislike the man that he was. This was completely turned on its head in the latter half of the book which describes a long period of self-realisation and re-appraisal towards what is really important in his life, and how he actively brought about real and meaningful change to his life and those around him. What is absolutely blindingly obvious is Rick's realisation that his wife Barbara has literally been the 'rock of life' on which he stands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hanoijim on 26 Feb 2011
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Anyone who is a fan of Rick Springfield`s music will find this book fascinating - as I did. At his peak, he had it all - hit records, money, women and fame - but he couldn`t appreciate it. His battle with depression is revealing - as is the sadness he experienced after losing his beloved father to cancer. As he will freely admit - he has been VERY lucky to have met a woman like Barbara (his wife). She has had to put up with a lot - but they are still together after over a quarter of a century. I`d highly recommend this book to anyone. It`s a story that has a positive ending - despite all the emotional ups and downs. All RC fans, BUT IT NOW!
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By Geoff on 27 Sep 2014
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Rick Springfield - 'Late, Late At Night'

So this is the biography of Australian born, US rock solo artist Rick. It's brutally honest....maybe too honest in places.

A little bit of personal history here; 'Living In Oz' was the 2nd album I ever bought back in '83.

It's filled to the brim of personality; revealing some interesting info that I never knew before.....

Who would have thought that Rick would have spent some of his youth in England? Who would have thought he would, by sheer innocence, eat dog poo at the age of 3? Who would have known he was in Vietnam during the war years and, inadvertently, killed a Vietcong soldier? Who knew that Rick is such an ardent collector of all things 'Star Wars'? Who knew where Ron, his album cover featured dog, got his 'Nasty' tag?

Throughout the book there's themes and links; the women in his life and love for his wife and, later, family members..his feelings about animals, specifically dogs, and his 'dog history' which is quite upsetting and emotionally written. There's his love of music and his bands over the years. Then, of course, there's the story of his depression....

The book starts with his 17th year on the planet and his attempted suicide by hanging....and from there it's a hell of a ride...

In the middle part of the book is Rick's adultery. Again, candidly written and written in no way to glamourise his actions...rather it makes him look like an idiot.

But that's the thing; it's writer in a transparent way, detailing his own thoughts and feeling in relation to this....

You read, you make up your mind....

It's a very human story; written with the full gamut of emotions; sadness, happiness, fun, weirdness and plain old shock...

Very enjoyable....
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