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Late, Late at Night

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,377 ratings  ·  280 reviews
In a searingly candid memoir which he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television and his lifelong battle with depression. In the 1980s, singer-songwriter and actor Rick Springfield seemed to ...more
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Published October 12th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published September 30th 2010)
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Jodie Luckett
I really enjoyed this book. I am a bit of a prude so I had some problem with some of the content and the language. But as someone who suffers from depression I found his insight helpful. And what an interesting life he has lived! I cried so hard at times that I could not continue. At times I had to stop to look things up on the internet to get a better understanding, read lyrics or watch a video (I have never been so into a book that I did this). A very painfully honest look into his life that l ...more
Very interesting to read about his life from birth to present, as I was a huge fan of his as a young girl and especially as a teenager. However, it was full (as in, just about every paragraph contained an example) of obnoxious, immature profanity and childish sexual innuendo that reeks of a 60+ yr old man who has never matured past the age of 15. I respect his struggle with depression and even with his assumed sexual addiction, but it's hard to respect a grown man who still thinks and talks *exa ...more
Ket Lamb
Cute baby boomer rock star, Rick Springfield, who wrote "Jessie's Girl" and played Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital" spills everything in his no holds barred memoir, "Late, Late at Night." Nothing is spared from Springfield's life long dance with Mr. D (his depression) to his battle with sex addiction. While his attitude towards women is horrible, especially in the early years, at least he's honest about it. Touching stories about his beloved dogs, his relationship with a little girl named Sa ...more
Jennifer Spiegel
Dear Rick,

Seriously, Rick. You wrote it by yourself?

Don’t be insulted. I just didn’t see it coming. I think you’re pretty fragile, actually, and I don’t want to hurt you. I was impressed with your writing. I gotta be honest: it wasn’t stellar, but I was definitely interested. Absorbed, even.

But that’s because we’ve got history. So, yes, I read your memoir, Late, Late At Night (though it’s been out for a year). I figured I owed it to you. Of course you owe it to me to read my books, as well, but
I was a fan of Rick Springfield back in the "Jessie's Girl" and Dr. Noah Drake days. I appreciate how honestly he told his "tale" and admitted to all he did that he shouldn't, how he dealt with depression, how his wife stuck thru him thru all of it and that they're going strong, his kids, his family, etc. I'm surprised he still has his "manly parts" after all the sexual escapades he had (you'd think it either would have fallen off, or perhaps Barbara would have "removed" it a la Lorena Bobbett). ...more
Nancy Wood
Interesting, candid read. As a one-time huge fan, I was compelled to read the entire thing, in spite of the fact that I began to find him very unlikeable and amazingly narcissistic. I'm not sure what the point of the memoir is--other than perhaps the obvious: to sell books and make money. Nothing wrong with that of course, but it isn't as if I came away from the book saying, "Wow...what an amazing tale of someone who overcame adversity" or anything. I suppose you could see him as being brave for ...more
Peter Sullivan
Rick Springfield has sang some of my favorite early 80's cheese hits. "Jessie's Girl" "You Better Love Somebody" and "Don't Talk To Strangers" are classics I love to turn up when they come on the radio. The danger of reading books like this is that you get to know the person behind the songs and sometimes, as in this case, it is disappointing. Before we go into why, a little about the pace of the book. It is SOOOOO slow in the beginning as Rick drones on and on about his early life. It got to a ...more
J.E. Jr.
I picked this up in the Wal-Mart sale bin, because who doesn’t love “Jessie’s Girl”? And I read it while recovering from being very sick — a nice light(ish) read on a sick day.

It’s pretty good. The publisher (on the jacket) makes much of the fact that Rick Springfield wrote it all himself, and yes, you can tell that he did. Which is not to say that the writing is bad, or even sub-par; it just has a somewhat amateurish voice that fits for a musician writing his own story.

What did I learn from thi
Jennifer Rayment
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I totally enjoyed this book because it gave me a myriad of info into Rick Springfield's life and the reasons why he is so likeable(at least to me), as well as being a misunderstood musician, singer and actor! He has been living with depression most of his life and other addictions which it seems he still fights against to this day! In the meantime he is a married man with two sons who are his whole world, but the music and acting bug is also still there which really pleases me because I have bee ...more
This is one of the best memoirs I've read to date. As a fan of Rick Springfield since I was very young, I was completely connected to this book from the beginning. I thought that reading his story would change the way I viewed his music in a negative way (isn't that what always happens when the curtain is pulled back?), but it had the opposite effect. Knowing the roots of the songs made me understand them in a whole new light, and it only makes me want to listen to his music more. The journey of ...more
Utter brutal honesty. Heartbreaking for those of us who placed him on a pedestal for decades.... I'm not sure of the point, other than he is famous (der) and I'm sure it's self-medicating for him to release all the deep, dark details on his journey to seek healing and acceptance, and simply because he does have an interesting childhood and rise to fame. For those who are not big fans, I think it's still worth reading. For those of you who are true-blue fans no matter what, you won't be able to p ...more
I am still not entirely sure why I read Rick Springfield's memoir. I did learn a lot about him. I had no idea that he was on General Hospital or that he had written so many albums.

He was very frank about his philandering and sex addiction, and I wish he had said more about his frequent battles with depression. He referred to his depression as "The Darkness" or "Mr. D", but he didn't really talk about how he felt, just what it said to him in his head.

One of the most interesting aspects of the boo
I reserved this book in advance of publication because I was so excited about reading it. I have loved Rick Springfield's music since I was a little girl. I have seen him in concert many times and have met him on several occasions. I was anxious to read about his life before he became famous, and about his life with his family today.

I could not put it down. Not only did I read the book for myself, but I also listened to Rick read the audio version. It is an intense book from start to finish. Spr
Ah, yes, an 80's girl indeed! With fond memories of "Jessie's Girl" and "Don't Talk to Strangers", I picked up this memoir at the library last week. Of course, he's a General Hospital alumnus as well, but that was before I started watching it, although he revived the role of Dr. Noah Drake a few years ago, which was fun. Anyway, the memoir was pretty good. Certainly very candid and honest (sometimes a little more honesty than I really needed to hear about!). Although it's filled with lots of sex ...more
Ironic indeed that the title of Springfield’s memoir is a line from Jessie’s Girl, the song he seems, on one level, to wish he had never written. A determined musician from a young age, Springfield deserves to be recognized as an accomplished songwriter. He has been performing, writing, and recording since the 60s. He has also had a successful acting career, which helped bay the bills when his music wasn’t selling. Full disclosure-I purchased this book as a band chick wanting to read about his l ...more
Sheryl Tribble
Reading this book, I repeatedly wondered why his wife puts up with him. But really, I know why. He's charismatic, intelligent, amusing, a certain kind of loyal, and a great storyteller. Of course, a fair percent of those stories are embellished with pure fantasy -- his Vietnam grenade story is "Grenades Don't Actually Work That Way" pretty much beginning to end -- but while he isn't strictly honest about the details, he is, on occasion, brutally honest about his own failings, which is a rare and ...more
Todd Nesbitt
I thought this was a great read. I saw Rick Springfield on GOOD MORNING AMERICA talking about the book when it first came out and decided to check it out. His lifelong struggle with Depression and Spirituality was extremely interesting to me.

I liked the way the book was written - almost as though Mr. Springfield was talking to you one on one. At times, I felt like I was no longer reading but hearing about his struggles as one would talk to an old friend or acquaintance.

The book is very honest a
This is possibly the worst book that I have ever read. One should learn something with each book they read and what I learned from this book is 1)Some people would definitely benefit from a ghost writer, 2) Never read a book by someone who dropped out of school way too early and 3)Some people are published without any editing. I wonder if the editor decided "You can't pay me enough to try to fix this drivel." I think I actually lost brain cells in the process of reading this.
I'm a huge fan of Rick Springfield and I love celebrity biographies. Rick's story of his darkness was fascinating and I think he's brave to have shared so much of himself with his fans. From events that have been in the media since he wrote the book - it is clear this is a daily struggle and I wish him the best. However, the details about his boyhood and some of his adventures seems to drone on and I felt like the biography could have been just as good without some of the stories. Would have lik ...more
Beth Gordon
I didn't know much about Rick before I picked up this book aside from that he looks really good for his age (who would have guessed he's had two plastic surgeries). The book hops around time quite a bit. there's one scene that's written about in the very beginning and then towards the middle. It seems like a complete rehashing of the same thing, invoking deja vu for the reader. The reader is subjected to his sex addiction over and nauseum. It would have been interesting to hear about h ...more
Janet Merrill
I love a rock bio. I enjoy hearing about life on the road from the sleezy groupie moments to the passion musicians feel as they step out onto a stage and the crowd errupts. I've been a fan of so many throughout the years and Rick had my admiration for a few years in the eighties so I was excited to hear his story. Honestly, it wasn't that interesting and I'm not sure I have a lot of respect for this man. The only thing that touched me was his connection with his dogs. Ron's passing was exception ...more
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Dr. Detroit
There's nothing like a cheesy celeb tell-all to top off a quiet morning of coffee and self-loathing. Springfield shares his imagined cosmic connection to dogs - which really amounts to nothing more than a passion for braving the outdoors in the middle of a downpour for the privilege of picking up canine fecal matter with a plastic bag for a glove - and talks entirely too much about his one-eyed trouser trout. He refers to his life-long depression as "The Darkness," a term probably more apt for h ...more
Saleena Davidson
I HAD to read this bio, as I had a long-standing affair with Mr Springfield throughout my teens(though it all was in my mind, being only a repressed teen with no idea of what to DO with a real man). Thus I was all set to enjoy, nay devour this book and all it's info. I will say, I did enjoy it, though I must also confess it's pacing was a bit slow. Some of the info was repeated, as there is a section at the beginning that gives an overview of important events, and then he divides chapters chron ...more
Tara Hun-Dorris
OK, this is closer to a 2.5. Should've hired a ghost-writer. The first half of the book I actually laughed out loud a few times, but the further in, the more self-obsessed (even for a memoir) it became with a lot of existential BS thrown in. He was really funny parodying himself on Californication. And his portrait of the rock-n-roll life in the '70s and 80's is interesting. I'd recommend it but I just couldn't do that third star due to the second half and overall writing quality.
I had a huge crush on Rick Springfield when I was a teen. I have rediscovered him through his recent album "Venus in Overdrive" and I have to say that I appreciate him and his music even more now that I've read his book. I love hearing the stories behind songs and understanding better where they come from. I also really appreciated his candor in discussing his lifelong struggle with depression as that is something I've struggled with as well. I have a crush all over again!
Dina Colman
I am actually surprised this book was published because it is very casually written. I didn't feel like there was any ghost writing. Rick has struggled with depression and demons his entire life. His book was a very honest recount of his life to date. He's been with hundreds (or more) women which was a bit disturbing to read about. I like him less after reading the book, but can appreciate his honesty. No more crush on Rick.
Becky Sandham Mathwin
I listened to this one on audio book. I enjoy listening to celebrity autobiographies-they're usually entertaining and don't require a whole lot of concentration-definitely a guilty pleasure. I never was a big Rick Springfield fan but I was a kid when he was at the peak of his fame and my sister and some of my friends had crushes on him. "Late, Late at Night" is salaciously entertaining-sex, drugs and lots of bad behavior. I give Rick credit for his honesty-he doesn't feel the need to paint himse ...more
Chris Rosendall
Just a casual fan of Rick, but was really impressed with this book. I've read a few non ghost written autobiographies lately and have to say that I prefer them. Was surprised that his first tour of Australia wasn't until 2007. He has a new documentary about his "fans" being released this year as well. I'll be sure to check it out...
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