Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper

A Memoir

Book - 2012 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. --
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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.

Legendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar--from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like "Time After Time," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," and "True Colors," to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years.

After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, "gal Friday the thirteenth," as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with She's So Unusual, 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 wasn'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 cause--whether it's women's rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Cyndi fearlessly writes of a life she's lived only on her own terms.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781439147856
Characteristics: 338 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
Additional Contributors: Dunn, Jancee


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Jan 30, 2018

Cyndi talks about her painful past living in an abusive household, and how her songs were a direct reflection of her life with all its ups and downs.

Dec 13, 2012

I have read the book and I had liked it this is the book for everyone to read
she had went through alot

Oct 29, 2012

Interesting story but really rambling. The time keeps jumping back and forth as the author remembers more anecdotes. Every chapter is way too long. Sounds like she had a rough childhood and difficulty in the cut-throat music business. I think she was ahead of her time in terms of fashion and style. One thing I never knew is that most of her famous hit songs were not written by her. Either she rearranged the music on songs that others had written, or she co-wrote with a partner. At the end of the book it is revealed that she filmed a reality show. Hopefully it will revive her career.


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Feb 08, 2017

Although I enjoyed reading this book, I found Cyndi tends to jump from past to present and then back to past so you really have to pay attention.

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