A Memoir- by Cyndi Lauper and Jancee Dunn(4 out of 5)
Cyndi Lauper is(wait for it) so unusual. So is her autobiography.
You think, the 80’s spun out a lot of actors, bands, psuedo-pop culture celebrities, and one-hit wonder children who shot into the famous-sphere and then burned out and faded away as the 90’s took hold. Many people believe(errorenously) that Cyndi Lauper is one of those people. If this were a true/false question on a test, you would have to mark false. You read about Cyndi’s struggles with her record company and management to stay relevant and fight for her records to be more visible to the public’s perception. You hear about a lot of that, you do…but you don’t hear it like Cyndi writes it here. You also find out just how tough her childhood was and how hard she fought to perserve her individual visions and freedom. You read all about the wrestling/music tie-in with Capt. Lou Albano and the WWF until the evil Vince McMahon ruined the fun. You read about her run-in with Bruce Springsteen(I have to say, after reading that, I lost some major respect for the Boss). You read how the real only true celebrity friends she made in the 80’s were Patti LaBelle, Cassandra Wilson, and Boy George(love that). You read about her not really understanding how Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet are viewed as legends(I will refrain from biased comment on that). You read about the Dave’s- her ex, Dave Wolfe, who played her boyfriend in all her famous 80’s era videos, and her husband, David, who saved her life on more than one occasion, with humor and love. You read about her views on the LGBT community and how it has enriched and changed her life. You come away from reading her book with that same feeling. A great, funny, blunt-as-hell biography. I loved it.
~ by generationgbooks on October 8, 2012.