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I have recently finished reading the book, and am currently listening to the audio version of it, just to hear the expressions behind the words. I know bits and pieces about the life of Rick Springfield through articles, interviews, videos etc, but I really wanted to get the whole picture...and this book sums it up. It kept my attention, and for me that's a big plus, because I am not an avid reader! I found it honest, heartfelt, and compelling to say the least. In my opinion, this memoir is conveying the need we all have for some sort of spiritual guidance to lead us on the right path...no matter what denomination or faith you are. It also proves that with a strong connection to family and friends, anything is possible. I can't wait for the next installment! - Lisa


I just had to buy this book after seeing Rick giving a couple of interviews about it as I have been a fan since the early 80ís (my first concert was a Rick Springfield concert in 1984).

Anyway, I bought the book on a Sunday afternoon and between work, kids, homework, etc. I finished it Tuesday evening. I didnít want to put it down! I grabbed it and read it every chance I could. The writing and storytelling was very engaging and it was just a fantastic read! I highly recommend the book, not only for fans, but for anyone who has had bouts of depression, itís a great book and really ends with a message of hope! - Koleta


I just finished the book and absolutely loved it!!!!! I thought Rick was very open about his life and struggles. I have been a fan of Rickís since I was 14, (I am 43 now), so I couldnít wait to read about his life, and I must say he was very honest and real and I couldnít put it down. I am sure it was very hard reliving a lot of the things that happened throughout his life. I myself have struggled with depression, although not to the extent Rick did, but can so understand the ďDarknessĒ. I can only imagine how difficult it was, and still is, in a world where you are not sure who you can really trust and who is truly out for your best interests. Thanks for writing this book, Rick! Keep Rocking! - Jacki


I found the book interesting not just because of the plethora of experiences Rick has had in both his personal and professional life, but also because of his willingness to write in such an honest and straightforward way. Itís entertaining, yet also philosophical at the same time. The book is a story rags-to-riches-to-rags-to enrichment! Proof that no matter what situations life finds one in, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. - Sabrina
 


Really great book! I finished it in two days and had a hard time putting it down. Loved the candidness and especially the human/animal connections to the story. Those of us who love dogs understand! Very personal aspects to the book which made you feel like you knew exactly what Rick was living. Thanks so much for writing such a great book! - Liz
 


I just finished the book last night! I absolutely could not put it down. I would look forward to getting home from work to read more!! I laughed, I cried and I felt a heavy heart as I read through it. Iím in complete awe of the details that Rick shares with us in this book and it has given me a new picture of who he truly is and the struggles that heís faced when we, his fans, have seen him in a completely different light all these years. Itís heartwarmingly funny and it truly gives you a snapshot of Rickís personality and wit. Rick is completely candid in this book and at times I felt complete sadness for what he had to go through. I hope that by writing this it also gives him some of the healing that heís been searching for all these years! Thanks to Rick for sharing his life with all of us! I loved it and look forward to more in the future! - Shari
 


I have been a fan for many, many years, so I was very anxious to start reading Late, Late at Night. I downloaded it the day it came out and read it every chance I had. I canít remember the last time I was so motivated to finish a book. It is an honest and at times surprising look into Rickís life. I can relate to many of his experiences and was brought to tears more than once, which I did not expect. I highly recommend this book. - Terry
 


In "Late, Late At Night" Rick Springfield transports you on a tour of his life. His wit, humbleness and sense of humor make this enlightening journey all the more enjoyable. He confronts the triumphs and tragedies of his life head on and puts his ego aside to provide a thorough picture of himself both as an artist and as a human being. As a long time fan, I find his candor refreshing and the insight into the songs he has written extraordinary. Read this book. You will not be disappointed. - Catharine
 


This memoir is an interesting read that, not surprisingly, coincides with the themes and stories found in Mr. Springfield's musical writing.  The prose flows so well that, at times, it is difficult to put the book down.  I find it easy to connect with the author, though his life experiences have certainly been intensified by his occupation and fame.  The balance Springfield achieves in portraying the dark choices he has made along the way with the forgiveness and love of his family is impressive.  This book also sheds some light on my own desire to continue being a fan of Rick Springfield, having experienced in my own life a few of the same issues he discusses. - Alyssa
 


I just finished reading the book and I must say that it was quite fascinating. Rick's writing style was so conversational that I felt as though we were face-to-face. I applaud his frankness and his phraseology was often very humorous. To expose himself and his family for all to see is risky at best, but he pulled it off admirably. As a mental health therapist, I have a lot of questions that I would love to ask Rick about his depression and self-image (or lack of); however, I guess I have to be satisfied with the information in the book and look forward to subsequent volumes. I've highly recommended this book to my colleagues and friends. Thanks to Rick for sharing his interesting, yet painful, life with us. - CarolAnne
 


It's rare for any celebrity to peel away the shimmery veneer and reveal the blemishes--and demons--that lie beneath. In penning his autobiography, Rick Springfield spared none of the details--even those that might have marred his previously squeaky clean reputation. What results is a book that is by turns laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly sad, and overwhelmingly honest. Having been a fan since just before puberty (suffice it to say that a few decades have passed since then), I thought I knew exactly what to expect from this memoir. I didn't. I had no idea of the depth of Rick's experiences--from dodging bullets in Vietnam, to dodging equally destructive managers and record companies in the L.A. music industry. In Late, Late at Night, Rick also reveals his considerable talent as a writer. Anyone who reads this autobiography--fan or not--will have a hard time putting it down. In the end, they'll discover a complex portrait of a man who is witty, talented, vulnerable, and so much more than "Jessie's Girl." - Stephanie
 


When the time comes, Rickís wife Barbara is going to receive an express pass upon entering heaven! I feel as a fan that Iíve come full circle in understanding the life of a rock star that I once looked upon as an untouchable hero. When looking in on the life of rock star that you idolize, you only hear the music and see the fame and glamour. You donít see that person as having issues that could be similar to yours (okay, fairly similar except for the extreme amount of sex). I donít think Rick Springfield understands how many lives he actually touched with his music and persona. We absorbed the music, loved the actor, and person that we were allowed to see. I believe Iím becoming a Rick Springfield fan after a 25-year hiatus. Iím looking forward to catching up on music that was released while I was away and looking forward to future releases. The book was truly and inspirational eye opener! - Lori
 



The book was great for a super fan like me who thought I knew everything there was to know about Rick, (I didn't) and it was great for the non fan as well. Reading how Rick has battled depression makes you realize that under all the fame and money, he is still a human just like you and me. I love how he praises his beautiful wife for being his rock and takes full responsibility for all of his mistakes. That is rare for a Rock Star!
 
Rick has lived an interesting life and many lessons can be learned from Late Late At Night, Perseverance, Drive, Determination and just plain hard work to name a few. I for one am thrilled that Rick finally decided to share his inner most thoughts and feelings with the rest of us. Late Late At Night is an awesome book that I would highly recommend. - Colleen
 

Other than meeting Rick at a concert in August of 2004, reading Late, Late at Night was my second best Rick experience of a lifetime. I am struck by many things that he writes but the aspect of the book that resonates most is his description about being a fan. He writes, ďIt puts life in perspective and there is always more to aspire to when youíre looking up. And everyone is a fan of someone. Paul (McCartney) is a fan of someone, I am a fan of Paulís, and someone is a fan of mine.Ē A little life lesson in that ďlooking upĒ statement. Iíve always enjoyed moments where I get of glimpse of who I want to be in the future or better yet, what I donít want to be. Overall Rickís journey has had its share of pain. It is a bit more dramatic than my everyday trials at the office but the human spirit, the wish to succeed, the dream of the good life are really all the same in each of us. Finding peace and a little joy in that journey is the real trick. Rick seems to have found serenity after a lifetime of struggle. - Andrea
 


As I went deeper and deeper into the pages of this book, I found myself nodding and saying, ďYes, thatís how I feel.Ē more than once. The authenticity of Rickís writing struck a chord that kept me riveted-I read the book straight through from evening to early the next morning, and I have to say that sharing some of the darker moments on his journey with Rick Ďlate, late at nightí made those particular chapters even more intense.

Although there are very dark stories included here, there is a feeling of hope and reinvention that permeates the pages wishfully which gives it a feeling of traveling from the darkness into the light. Reading his story written by his own hand shows Rick Springfieldís strength and character in a way his music canít. - Kate
 


I just finished the book, and I want to read it again... it was that good! Rick is an entertaining writer who took me through a full range of emotions from love to anger to tears, and back again. Through this book, I gained a much deeper understanding of what has driven Rick Springfield to continue to pursue his dreams, write incredibly moving music and to find the ultimate success which only comes from inside oneís self. I give so much credit to Barbara for seeing the inner goodness in Rick and for sticking with him through it all. This is a great read about ďlifeĒ not just about Rick Springfield. Love it, love it, love it! - Ann Marie
 


Late, Late at Night brings you into the living room of Rick Springfield, sits you down with a cup of tea, and looks you square in the eyes, and bares all! It is a thrilling ride from beginning to end, never slowing down, never running out of fuel! Rick Springfield doesn't leave out a thing about how he grew up, grew dark, fell in love with music, and how music, people, dogs, and the love of his wife, family, and friends ultimately save his soul. For a fan who truly, unconditionally, loves this man and his music: This is your read! Rick pours out his essence in his autobiography. His humor, sadness, fears, hopes and dreams all come alive in his writing. The audio CDs are like spending quality time with Rick, so personal, dynamic in voice, and aching with sincerity. As you are listening, it is as though Rick is there in person telling the story straight to you. You will feel his presence! I highly recommend this book to devoted fans who want to understand Rick's song lyrics more clearly, and to those who wish to get a better perspective on Rick Springfield the human being! - Ginger
 


Read the book first over a couple of days. Later listened to the entire audio book one lazy Sunday at home while I lounged on the couch with my tea and also did some housework. Wow what an emotional day!! I laughed and cried as Rick shared the ups and downs of his very interesting life. You could really *feel* his pain as he described certain events . At certain points I felt shock and denial. I have been a fan of his since I was a teenager, and now I feel like I understand him a little better. It was a brutally honest read and even more of a human listen. He is not perfect, but he takes ownership for his betrayals which I really respect. His incredible drive and ability to overcome hardship is truly inspiring! I was very surprised to find that his life story, really made me reassess my own personal biases and beliefs. I salute his wife Barbara for her unconditional love and support for him. Definitely a must read/listen! - Joanne
 


I was that teenage girl screaming my brains out at every show I could. Those were some of the best times of my teenage life. My friends and I were completely into it; the albums, the videos, the posters, General Hospital, the whole nine yards. Now that we are ALL grown up, Late, Late at Night was a very enlightening read. The book puts a new perspective on those memories. It was really interesting to match up what was going on in Rickís life with what I was seeing and thinking at the time. It changed Rick Springfield from a ROCK STAR who we all loved into a human being whom we can all love even more. The book was a great read and very well done; I laughed, I cried. It was very entertaining. It is not just for the screaming teenage girl fan either, it is for anyone interested in a great (and challenging) personal story. Thank you for opening up and sharing the behind the scenes with all of us. I also found out that Iím still the screaming girl fan. I just saw Rick a few months ago at The Emerald Queen Casino with the same friend I went with when I was a teenager. It brought back a lot of fun memories for us. - Mary
 


I had no idea who Rick Springfield was until I saw him interviewed on Fox news. I bought his book on Amazon and couldn't put it down. I was impressed by how well written it was, although the language sometimes gave me pause. (I am an elderly lady. Who do I ask about phrases I don't understand?) Rick describes his life as a young boy in Australia, then England and then back in Australia, with a heartbreaking passage about leaving his dog, Elvis. He moved to the US as a teenager after dropping out of high school to pursue his promising music career. His love of writing music and performing it are the driving forces in his life.

Rick is an avid reader and his thirst for knowledge (not just the carnal type) is a recurring theme in his book. It is undoubtedly a factor in his success. As a retired college teacher, I found myself wishing I could have given this book to some of my former students whom I felt should have left college, not because they weren't smart enough but to find something they really wanted to do.- Jane
 


After reading his book, I would say we all have common themes in our lives: those about hope and what we strive to accomplish, disappointment, mistakes, joys and triumphs, frustrations, fears. The difference is he has been in the limelight for so long and assumptions were always made as to how he lived... and judgments were made... all without really knowing or understanding what was really happening. Rick had the courage that most of us lack in that he has written it all down, made fun of himself, taken responsibility where need be, given credit to those that were there for him, and handled it all with grace that is so rare in our world today. I may be biased as I've been a fan for over 30 years... but I have friends that are new to Rick in the last few years that now love him as well. The example he has set in taking responsibility for his mistakes, never giving up, and trying to reach out and give others hope is exactly what today's society needs and has been lacking until now. At the interview and book signing he said, if he could save just one life by sharing this, it would be worth it. Risking judgment from everyone and exposing oneself to save another is an action full of love and strength and grace. I would recommend this book to everyone... Rick is an amazing person, an amazing life, an amazing gift. Thank you for sharing and touching our lives. - Tracy
 


As a longtime fan of Rick's music, I was hesitant to read his autobiography, for fear he would lose some of his 'shine'. What I discovered, by contrast, is that Rick now seems all the more human. What does shine is his endearing humor, which makes the difficult times he writes about a little easier to digest. Rick's epic tale of self doubt is something to which most people can relate, and his triumph over those doubts serves as an example for humans to aspire. Soldier on, Rick! - Beth
 


I have been a fan of Rick's since the early 80's, and couldn't wait to read his book. His honesty and bluntness made me laugh, cry, and really appreciate and understand all the struggles he has fought for years with music, depression, and addictions. He has come a far way from the boy he was growing up and never gave up on what he most wanted in his life. The book is great reading and I would recommend it to anyone. He is truly an inspiration to anyone struggling with depression. My daughter was recently diagnosed with depression, though not as severe as Rick's, and the book helped me understand somewhat what goes through the mind of someone struggling with this. - DeAnna
 


I approached this book as if I was just going to read someone elseís story, knowing that it was going to be vastly different from my own. What surprised me were the comparisons I could make to my own life (obviously, minus the Rock God stuff). His eloquent writing style invites the reader to participate in the story. I was truly riveted to the time of his childhood. I felt his pain from constantly moving and then having to leave his beloved dog behind in Australia, the awe of his first discoveries while on the steamship, and the excitement of exploring places like Pompeii and Egypt. It seems like his whole life has been about discovery and the lessons he gains from them. He also provided fascinating back stories in regards to music, which even people who are not fans of his would enjoy. Overall, there is a definite message of hope. That today is worth hanging around for, if nothing else, than to see all the triumphs of tomorrow. - Patti
 


I always felt Rick Springfield was "the real deal" - a real rocker, a real poet, not just a wannabe coasting on his good looks. And now I'm pleased to see that he can express himself just as well in prose as he can in music. Unlike so many so-called "autobiographies" of celebrities that are really written by someone else and don't do much but reel off accomplishment after accomplishment, presenting the subject in the most flattering light possible, this book was written by the man himself and his voice comes through loud and clear. Refreshingly that voice is not self-serving, but SELF-AWARE. He's not perfect, his life has had its downs as well as its ups, he doesn't have everything completely figured out, but he has learned from all of it. Reading this book feels like having a conversation with a friend - a very hip, very intelligent, very honest friend. The deeper I got into it, the more I wished there were more pages left, so I was relieved to read near the end that "Late, Late At Night" is not the last we'll be hearing from Rick Springfield, auteur. He's got more living to do and he promises to share his experiences and insights in a volume II, volume III, etc. I'm looking forward to it. - Marilyn
 


I just finished Rick's book and some parts amazed me, some saddened me and much enlightened me. I have been a fan since a young teen girl with his posters all over my walls and went on his cruise last year to Cozumel as well. During the cruise I walked away realizing how much more there really was to him than the public projection but this book made all else pale in comparison. I have to give Rick huge huge kudos for the honesty as some of that could not be easy. Barbara is my new hero after reading this, she deserves so much happiness in life! Thank you for writing with such transparency and allowing us into your world even more, Rick. Above all else, thank you for giving us this gift of knowing you further even from a distance, it makes being a lifetime fan of yours all the more real! - Kat
 


Late, Late At Night is a gripping, haunting, no-holds-barred tome that is at turns poignant and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Ultimately, however, itís essentially a story of undying and resilient love. I respect (Rick's wife) Barbara immensely, identifying with her on certain points, based upon my history. It takes an exceptional woman to stand by her man as he struggles with his painful and injurious demons. That is anything but masochism on the womanís part. Itís strength to the twentieth power! Likewise, it takes an extraordinary man to confront his transgressions head-on, and admit full responsibility for them. - Carla
 


I have been a Rick Springfield fan for nearly 30 years. It's as if his music has always been playing in the background of my life. The anticipation of reading this book was just as exciting as actually reading it. I read the book in less than 2 days. I also listened to the audio version twice. Rick has always had an ability to draw me in with his music, now I am drawn in by his writing. The book is incredibly well written and Rick is a great story teller. I am nothing but impressed by how candid he is as well as his attention to detail. His stories are engaging and only makes me what to read more. What I am most satisfied with is that I now have a better understanding of how Rick has become the talented and giving performer that he is. - Kim
 


As an avid reader, I have read a lot of books ... some very good, some pretty darned awful, and many, many in between. "Late Late at Night" is Excellent; in fact, if there were a superlative for that term, I would surely use it. Iím embarrassed to confess I was not expecting such a page-turner. Rickís book combines superior writing and storytelling with self-deprecating humor and gut-wrenching honesty. Iíve been a fan of Rickís for many years, so it was nice to know the real story of his career and personal life. Rick comes across as if heís talking with you, not only about the good stuff but also about the all-too-human struggles heís encountered Ė and overcome. And, as someone who has arm-wrestled with Mr. D myself (how does that guy get around so much??), I could most definitely relate to that particular challenge. I could not put the book down and ended up devouring it in a couple of days. This book is definitely a Must Read. Ė Gena












 










 






 
 
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