Cyndi Lauper by Cyndi Lauper

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12 Critic Reviews

Lauper's boundless energy bounces off the page. She also performs some particularly winning name-dropping
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.
 

About Cyndi Lauper

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Cyndi Lauper has won a Grammy, two American Music Awards, an Emmy, three MTV Video Music Awards, and has been nominated for many more. She has sold more than thirty million albums globally and continues to tour around the world. An unwavering advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality, Cyndi created the True Colors Tour in 2007 and founded the True Colors Fund in 2008. Visit CyndiLauper.com.  Jancee Dunn has written three books, including the rock memoir But Enough About Me. She writes for many publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, and O, The Oprah Magazine.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Atria Books. 369 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Cyndi Lauper
All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Sep 01 2012

...Lauper’s story echoes the hopes of a struggling artist portrayed in Patti Smith’s Just Kids. A moving story of an American musical original.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by David Hajdu on Nov 30 2012

As she proves with the brash, offhanded eloquence of both her music and her book, fun is well worth wanting to have.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Helen Zaltzman on Oct 06 2012

Lauper's boundless energy bounces off the page. She also performs some particularly winning name-dropping

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Sep 10 2012

This is a terrific look inside the mind of an incredibly gifted, delightfully eccentric musician.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Oct 16 2012

It is, in turns, funny, thoughtful, and ...more than makes the case for the enduring fame of the singer from Queens who taught the world that “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

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National Post arts

Excellent
Reviewed by Nathalie Atkinson on Sep 21 2012

What shines through is that Lauper is artist who is outspoken about sexism and exploitation of women and always behaves and speaks from the gut

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Bernadette McNulty on Oct 23 2012

Madonna may have got the fame, but you get the sense that Lauper has had way more fun along the way.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet K. Keeler on Nov 04 2012

...Lauper says what she thinks, and now she has put those thoughts on paper.

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Macleans

Below average
Reviewed by Elio Iannacci on Sep 18 2012

A little too much ink is devoted to Lauper’s meager days growing up in Queens...Her success was a hard-won deal and needed to be explored but...feel a little too over-explained.

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CBS News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Chiu on Oct 17 2012

It's an engaging and charming look at a pioneering female artist who persevered against the odds to leave her distinct mark in music and pop culture.

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TheaterMania

Excellent
Reviewed by Zachary Stewart on Oct 21 2012

...this singular artist has obviously done something right: both her pop music and avant-garde fashion have undoubtedly paved the way for later acts like Lady Gaga.

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Off The Tracks

Below average
Reviewed by Simon Sweetman on Dec 05 2012

The first 200 pages hum. The last 130 pages feel a bit like face-saving auto-pilot.

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