Late, Late, At Night by Rick Springfield
Rick Springfield, pop star of the 80’s, actor in soap operas and movies. People pictured him living the life of a king, huge homes and money to burn. But that was not the truth. Rick battled demons all his life – self-esteem, sexual addiction, lack of closure from his father’s death, and depression. Instead of money to burn and big homes during his prime he was staying in seedy motels and wondering how he would afford to get to his next gig…
This is Rick’s story the good… and oh yeah, the bad… and certainly the ugly.
If you were to ask my husband what my favorite song is, to this day he would answer “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield. This… has never been true. While I like the song, yes, very much – it was never my favorite song and I am not even sure where Al (hubby) gets that it was. I have however always enjoyed Rick Springfield’s music and admit to finding him to be “hot” (80’s word) and sexy back in the day.
I have listened to and enjoyed many memoirs over this past year and really like hearing the deeper, behind the scenes stories of the people who I admired from the speakers of my stereo (yup… again, 80’s) or from the screen of my tv.
I think Rick’s story was good – but, and maybe this is because he is my first rock star memoir, a bit more language and the constant pursue of sex – whenever and whoever then I had anticipated or enjoyed listening about chapter after chapter after chapter. While that was a large part of the memoir, if you can dig through the crud there is a good story there. Rick does have one girl who he returns to time and again, eventually even marries and has two sons with. While he is brutally honest about how many times he has cheated on her – before and after children and I appreciate the honesty, I would be lying if I said it didn’t affect how I felt about Rick as a person. Rick himself says in the audio that if you are going to judge him for what he has done to her that we (I) was not an understanding person – but I think I am and I still don’t get the “Oh poor me… I cheated again” attitude.
In Rick’s defense, it is true I do not know much about sexual addiction so maybe what he is sharing is spot on correct behavior and I struggle because I do not and not understand.
“nuf about that.
It was interesting to hear the stories behind the album titles (much more thought goes into this then I knew!) and even the story behind Jesse’s Girl (my – fo-favorite) which was never supposed to be a hit.
In the end, I think fans of Rick will enjoy this memoir and if you go with the audio version like I did, you do have the privilege of having Rick narrate which is always a plus for me and I think you would enjoy it too.