Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A Memoir
UPDATE: Finished. Some of the writing was weak, some of it heavy-handed and hackneyed. For example, on 9/11: "It wa...more
Pat Benatar's career path, or at least her rise to stardom, wasn't super complicated, in terms of its Behind-the-Music-ness. She wanted to be a singer, worked hard, tried not to get sidetracked, and made it. Didn't do drugs, didn't end up in rehab, just tried to handle her business.
So without a bunch of topsy turvy plot points the bulk of the book is essentially an ac...more
I became a fan in the mid 80's so I was actually really starting to...more
I really appreciated Benatar's continued admiration and praise of her husband Neil Giraldo (she calls him Spyder throughout the book). She freely gives him credit for elevating her far beyond where should could ever have gotten on her own and their 31+ year marriage is extreme rarity in their chosen profession.
Benatar pulled no punch...more
Years later, Pat has penned a autobiography that discusses her travails as a pioneer for women rockers. Pat does discuss alot of those battles with her label, MTV, and her management about how much is enough when marketing sex. But, the book was...more
This was a real treat for me to read this wonderful book. It is a real "behind the scenes" look at the making of a ro...more
Things I learned from this book:
Pat Benatar's music label steamrolled her over and over again until her contract expired, forcing albums from her every 9 months, demanding constant touring, micromanaging her image, her romantic relationships, her creative process, and denying her a fair share of...more
This book is at its best when Benatar writes of her childhood and her rise to stardom. Other good parts include her experiences in the busines...more
It is really eye opening how the music industry is great at manipulating their artists yet is it really for the commercial success that they supposedly say is the rea...more
A good book for those that want to know more...more
With that being said, it was interesting to see her perspective on being an artist in the music industry. Just proves that a lot of the people that work for the recording industry don't know what the fuck they are...more
From the time I was a small child, I've been a huge Pat Benatar fan. From that aspect, I was excited to read her autobiography and I was not disappointed. I loved reading about her childhood and her growing up years, her relationship with her parents, brother and other family members. I loved reading about her relationship with her high school choir director and her rise to the...more
For more than thirty years, Pat Benatar has been one of the most iconic women in rock music, with songs like "Heartbreaker," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," and "Love Is a Battlefield" becoming anthems for multiple generations of fans. Now, in this intimate and uncompromising memoir, one of the bestselling female rock artists of all time shares the story of her extraordinary career, telling the truth about her life, her struggles, and how she won things—her way.
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