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Some Kind of Lonely Clown: The Music, Memory, and Melancholy Lives of Karen Carpenter

liked it 3.00  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This is the HARDBACK version. "This book brings back so many lovely and amusing memories of a sadly missed friend. She was unique and irreplaceable in so many ways. Joel has been thorough in his research, and his love and respect for Karen shine through. Love and thanks for the fun and the magic of her musical soul." -Petula Clark "An insightful look at the life of Karen C ...more
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published October 16th 2015 by BearManor Media
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Susan
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This short book does not claim to be a detailed biography, but is rather a tribute to Karen Carpenter. I have to admit that I knew very little about Karen Carpenter before I started this book and so I cannot claim to have spotted any inaccuracies. As such, I can only report on the writing style and of how useful I found the book in giving me some appreciation of both The Carpenters (Richard Carpenter was keen to leave off the “The”, but that is how they came to be known) and Karen Carpenter.

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Valerity (Val)
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. I enjoyed this look at the life of Karen Carpenter. I remember when the Carpenters were popular, and enjoyed them back when, even after they kind of became out of favor with pop listeners who got more into rock after awhile, and moved away from their style. I learned a lot more about Richard, and the dynamic between them in this book, and about Karen herself. That said, it felt like it danced around her actual death somehow. No ...more
SundayAtDusk
Early on in Some Kind of Lonely Clown: The Music, Memory, and Melancholy Lives of Karen Carpenter, author Joel Samberg describes how popular Karen Carpenter still is with fans, and how many things associated with her get sold at high prices. One can imagine that matter was on Mr. Samberg’s mind when he wrote this book, because this is strictly a fan book with nothing new in it. While the title of the book suggests he is going to explore Karen Carpenter’s darker side, that really does not happen. ...more
Sharon
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, netgalley
I was given an electronic copy by BearManor Media and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

As a fan of the Carpenters since the late 1970's, author Joel Samberg has provided readers with his insight on both Karen and Richard Carpenter. Notably absent are recollections from those closest to Karen, but this book does provide a one person's perspective on the life and music of Karen Carpenter. This book is largely a compilation of interviews, sound bites, documentaries, and remembrances on r
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Kim
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2015, kindle
This was an account of the Carpenter's life and career- but I didn't feel it went into any great depth. The author stated that most people close to them still refuse to talk about Karen and indeed her husband was paid to never reveal anything about her. So this was collected from people further apart from her and other work.

There were a few things I hadn't heard before and found the speculation about what Karen would be doing now, interesting. She had a superb gift and it's such a shame that she
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Debbie
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I was pretty much a closet listener of The Carpenters myself. I liked their music and I loved Karen's voice. However, I was in high school during The Carpenters hey day and no one in their right mind would allege to the fact that they listened to them. So I understand what the author is talking about when he mentions this.

Now in my old age, I was interested in finding out more about them. However, this was not the book to do so. I did find out a few things that I didn't know. I didn't know Richa
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J Earl
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Some Kind of Lonely Clown... by Joel Samberg is not, by his own admission, a biography. If the reader keeps that in mind then this can be an enjoyable book.

This is a tribute to Karen (and to some extent the group Carpenters) and as such it is mostly recollections from individuals, quotes from interviews and television shows as well as some of Samberg's own memories. He does a bit of trying to make sense of her life by expressing his ideas based on the information he collected. As with any conje
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Ron
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, music
Joel Samberg combines biography with memories and musical analysis in Some Kind of Lonely Clown. This mixture provides a melange of memory for a singer who left too soon.

Some Kind of Lonely Clown is Joel Samberg's take on Karen Carpenter's life filtered through his memories, memories of those who knew her whom he interviewed, published documents, public interviews, viewings of concerts, and a leavening of professional analysis of her mental state and physical condition. He provides a reasonable
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Karen
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
It is hard to know why Some Kind of Lonely Clown was written. While the author is clear that this is not a biography it is hard to know its purpose. I didn't gain any new insights or perspectives and though I am of the age where I followed Karen Carpenter and her story and enjoyed her music, I was bored about halfway through the book. It seems like there is a mixed message about Richard Carpenter. Subtle and not so subtle pressure to talk about what he knows and at the same time an acknowledgeme ...more
Ann Cooper
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a great fan of The Carpenters in the 70's and still love the sound of Karen's lovely voice. So I was excited to read this book.

Joel's book is not yet another biography but I felt at times he was only on the edges of the lives of Karen and Richard. There are a lot of quotes, but usually given to other people and interestingly - nothing from close family friends.

It was interesting to read how they coped/didn't cope with their very fast rise to fame when they were very young. And of course, K
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Kelley
I was given an electronic copy by NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Author Joel Samberg has provided readers with his insight on both Karen and Richard Carpenter. This is not really a biography but more of a book written by a fan. It provide a one person's perspective on the life and music of Karen Carpenter. This book is largely a compilation of different interviews, documentaries, television shows, and other social media. The book does not go into detail regarding Karen's eating diso
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Donna Maguire
I don't know why but the story of Karen Carpenter really intrigues me and I love to read books about her. I was less than a year old when she passed away but I always remember my mum singing 'Close to You' to me when I was a baby and small child. This book was a really touching memorial for her and gives some interviews, feedback and comments from those who knew her. I really enjoyed this book and after reading it went straight to find out my CDs, watched the videos and online documentaries on Y ...more
Megan
I didn't know much about Karen Carpenter, other than that she performed with her brother and died young, so I found this book interesting. It didn't go very in depth, but I wasn't expecting much since it's so short. All in all, a good book to get you introduced to Karen.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.
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