Late, Late at Night Hardcover – 1 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Rick Springfield is a Grammy Award winning musician and actor, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Late, Late Night, which Rolling Stone named one of the twenty-five greatest rock memoirs off all time. He lives in Malibu with his wife, Barbara. Visit him online at RickSpringfield.com or MagnificentVibration.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One has to appreciate the effort that went into Springfield's personal development and admire the love and dedication of his wife through the many challenges of being married to a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ms. Bernardi
Brave account of Ozzie rock star's life - warts n all. You may wonder how such a talented & good looking guy could suffer from depression. Rick honestly explains his fears and joy. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2014 by Mr. D. Morgan
I was a huge fan of Rick Springfield,Human Touch , Jessies Girl Etc, for me this is a very brutal account of a man( who you think has everything and does) who has this constant... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2013 by bojest