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Late, Late at Night

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,680 Ratings  ·  307 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

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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Touchstone (first published September 30th 2010)
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Cam
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jodie Luckett
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Ket Lamb
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Peter Sullivan
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Debbie
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Judy
Aug 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
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.
Jeff Grosser
Mar 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
They say that sometimes you shouldn't peek behind the curtain. This was definitely true for me in the case of Rick Springfield. I know that with many famous people there is usually a dark past that drives them to be great at their profession, but in this case Rick's whole life comes across as sad coupled with self-righteous behavior that he continues to indulge in without any real consequences. He touches on his depression throughout the book and seems to justify he repetitive destructive behavi ...more
Nancy Wood
Nov 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jennifer Rayment
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-by-author
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J.E. Jr.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, culture, biography
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
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Gail
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Todd Nesbitt
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
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
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Becky
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-i-own
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
Darla
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Alexis
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
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Dina Colman
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Lesley
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Every time I hear Jesse's Girl on the 80's radio station, I am going to think of Rick Springfield, the guy who couldn't keep it in his pants! Disappointing but predictable that another so called rock star can't be faithful and has personal demons!
Tracy
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bio
I started out laughing, became quieter, learned along with him. This is a brutally honest memoir, and contained many things I didn't expect. I appreciate him telling his story and wish him many more dogs :D
Nina
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kimberly
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Susie
Just bought this book (hardcover for $5 at Indigo!) because, while I'm not a huge Rick Springfield fan, nor a fan of biography per se, the little captions he wrote beside the photographs had me chuckling. I hope that the book is equally as clever. Now I'll get started!

What a waste of $5 and my time. I kept hoping that it would get better, more insightful, SOMETHING. It was just a mea culpa to his wife for all the cheating he had done (Howard Stern's Private Parts comes to mind), and after the 40
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Bonnie
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Beth Gordon
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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 over...ad nauseum. It would have been interesting to hear about h ...more
Lisa
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Janet Merrill
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Dr. Detroit
Jan 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Thezoo232
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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Gwen
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rick Springfield can write more than just songs. He has written more songs than "Jessie's Girl". He has done some not very nice things in his life. He loves dogs. He "served time" in Viet Nam. Springfield is not his real last name. He has rock and pop idols too. This book reveals all this and more. Definitely worth the read for all rock/pop fans and all Rick Springfield fans. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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