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 1976including 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"
|Author's Note||p. xiii|
|Prologue: Rainy Days and Rain Man||p. 3|
|California Dreamin'||p. 11|
|Chopsticks on Barstools||p. 21|
|Stand in Line, Try to Climb||p. 39|
|Sprinkled Moondust||p. 51|
|You Put Us on the Road||p. 63|
|Nothing to Hide Behind||p. 83|
|America at Its Very Best?||p. 99|
|Moving Out||p. 111|
|The Collapse||p. 127|
|I Need to Be in Love||p. 149|
|Just Let Us Know What the Problem Is!||p. 169|
|The Bird Has Finally Flown the Coop||p. 183|
|Pockets Full of Good Intentions||p. 197|
|White Lace and Promises Broken||p. 215|
|Beginning of the End||p. 233|
|Dancing in the Dark||p. 251|
|Too Little, Too Late, Too Soon||p. 269|
|Epilogue: A Song for You||p. 289|
|Selected Discography||p. 306|
|Selected Television Appearances||p. 313|
|Suggested Reading||p. 338|
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Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st May 2010
Publisher: CHICAGO REVIEW PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.29 x 16.13 x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.67