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Little Girl Blue : The Life of Karen Carpenter - Randy L. Schmidt

Little Girl Blue

The Life of Karen Carpenter

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Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar.

            Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970s, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Karen’s velvety voice on a string of 16 consecutive Top 20 hits from 1970 to 1976—including “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Superstar,” and “Hurting Each Other”—propelled the duo to worldwide stardom and record sales of more than 100 million. During their short musical career, the Carpenters released ten studio albums, toured more than 200 days a year, taped five television specials, and won three Grammys and an American Music Award.

            But that’s only a part of Karen’s story. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen’s heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; her love for playing drums and her frustrated quest for solo stardom; and the ups and downs of her treatment for anorexia nervosa. After her shocking death at 32 years of age in 1983, she became the proverbial poster child for that disorder; but the other causes of her decline are laid bare for the first time in this moving account.

            Little Girl Blue is Karen Carpenter’s definitive biography, based on exclusive interviews with her innermost circle of girlfriends and nearly 100 others, including professional associates, childhood friends, and lovers. It tells a story as touching, warm, and involving as any of Karen’s greatest songs.

"A fascinating, and at times harrowing, read. . . . Schmidt adds vital new information to our understanding of this contradictory and conflicted artist. . . . We know how her story ends, but Schmidt has made it as absorbing as it is deeply humane." --"Blurt"

Forewordp. xi
Author's Notep. xiii
Prologue: Rainy Days and Rain Manp. 3
California Dreamin'p. 11
Chopsticks on Barstoolsp. 21
Stand in Line, Try to Climbp. 39
Sprinkled Moondustp. 51
You Put Us on the Roadp. 63
Nothing to Hide Behindp. 83
America at Its Very Best?p. 99
Moving Outp. 111
The Collapsep. 127
I Need to Be in Lovep. 149
Just Let Us Know What the Problem Is!p. 169
The Bird Has Finally Flown the Coopp. 183
Pockets Full of Good Intentionsp. 197
White Lace and Promises Brokenp. 215
Beginning of the Endp. 233
Dancing in the Darkp. 251
Too Little, Too Late, Too Soonp. 269
Epilogue: A Song for Youp. 289
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Selected Discographyp. 306
Selected Television Appearancesp. 313
Notesp. 317
Bibliographyp. 327
Suggested Readingp. 338
Indexp. 340
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ISBN: 9781556529764
ISBN-10: 1556529767
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st May 2010
Publisher: CHICAGO REVIEW PR
Dimensions (cm): 23.29 x 16.13  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.67