Cyndi Lauper: a Memoir
In , Cyndi Lauper received the Grammy for best new artist. Associated Press Review by Janet K. Keeler, Times Food and Travel Editor. Published November 3 Load Comments.
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Call Customer Service. Finally, Cyndi Lauper was a star. As a longtime feminist, she quickly discovered blatant sexism in the music industry, not just from executives and producers but from male rock stars. Two she names are Bob Dylan and Ron Wood. Despite winning a Grammy and selling millions of albums, singles and DVDs, she spent much of her career battling producers and record companies for her own vision. But of course I never did. When women do it, they are labeled difficult, Or worse. Believe it.
Not in her vocabulary.
She pioneered a singular style, a punk persona complete with wild costumes and hair, while Lady Gaga was still in diapers. The title track of her next album, True Colors , reached number one. Nevertheless, there were plenty of bad moments afterward.
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Meanwhile, another Italian-American singer, one with as much blonde ambition and a lot more savvy, grabbed the spotlight. At first, many listeners believed Lauper, not Madonna, was the likeliest candidate for megastardom. But Madonna knew how to game the system. Lauper gives her props for that.
I never could have a conversation with her because she always had lots of people protecting her. What might have blossomed into a sensational career became a bumpy ride, personally as well as professionally. Eventually, she found the right guy, David Thornton. At her wedding, Little Richard was the minister and her grandmother was maid of honor.
Their marriage has lasted more than 20 years and they have a son, Declyn.
Arguably more important than her bittersweet post- True Colors years is that Lauper used her celebrity for a cause very early on. She contributed unstintingly to the fight for gay rights. She was rushed into overnight stardom and few knew the back-story of an abuse survivor and teenage runaway. Then she records a second album that stumbles — even if it has one of her enduring hits on it.
And from there her musical career begins the slow fade.
Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir
Working hard for charity too. And there have been forays into acting — the small screen proving more successful than the big screen. But the second half of her career — the last 20 years — could never hold a candle to the story that tells of the struggle.