Little Girl Blue by Randy L. Schmidt

Little Girl Blue

By Randy L. Schmidt

  • Release Date: 2010-05-01
  • Genre: Music
Score: 4.5
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Description

An intimate profile of one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, this first full-length biography of Karen Carpenter details every aspect of her life, from her modest Connecticut upbringing and her rise to stardom in southern California to the real story of her tragic, untimely death. This illuminating depiction of a 1970s icon covers her time as lead singer of the Carpenters—the top-selling American musical act of the decade—and provides insight into their string of 16 consecutive top-20 hits, including "Close to You," "We've Only Just Begun," "Top of the World," and "Superstar," as well as a critical review of her aborted solo career. A behind-the-scenes look into the life of a superstar, from the prolific recordings and the relentless touring to the awards, fame, and fortune, this history also chronicles her struggle with anorexia nervosa and gives important new details from her autopsy that shed new light on her death at age 32. Groups such as Sonic Youth and the Corrs and artists including k. d. lang and Madonna have cited Karen Carpenter among their major influences, and this definitive biography, based on exclusive interviews with nearly 100 of her friends and associates, is a testament to her brief yet remarkable life. 

Reviews

  • Little Girl Blue The life of Karen Carpenter

    5
    By Reed girl 72
    Wow ? This is a very heartbreaking story about her life and also about struggling with the slimming disease Anorexia Nervosa. I found it difficult to read the whole book from cover to cover without my eyes tearing up. To me her voice was blessed by an Angel. She is with all those other great singers in that angelic choir up in heaven.All those songs. We've Only Just Begun. They long to be (Close to you) and so many others are in my I pod library.Her talent was amazing .May she rest in peace. Signed lover of Carpenters music
  • Really compelling!

    5
    By rosymusic5
    I found this book to be eye opening, to say the least! This book brings to life the struggles of a beautifully talented and sad woman, who would probably been alive today had she received the highest honor -- being loved and supported by her family. Her death opened up many untruths regarding how she died, and I am relived, yet also saddened as to how she died. This book is worth reading and I applaud the author for all his work in making a very honest book of her and her family.
  • Little girl blue

    5
    By Sparkyfam
    Great read. Karen Carpenters death was tragic. Her music will live on thru the ages.
  • Exceptional!

    5
    By SamScar
    As a young girl in the early- to mid-eighties, my love for The Carpenters' music was evident. Although Karen was already gone, my parents had records and 8-tracks and eventually my twin and I were hooked. We laid in our basement for hours on the floor listening and singing along. Eventually over the next 15 years, we managed to acquire all albums released by the Carpenters, even those after Karen's death. We watched the movie that was on ABC, etc. However, it wasn't until I read this book that I learned what really happened to Karen. Wow.. It was like having access to Karen's diary with intimate accounts of her life told by her most trusted confidants. I am glad they told her story so that we all could really see what she went through in her short life. Honestly, one of the best books I have read, let alone the best account of Karen's life I have come to hear. Job well done.
  • So sad

    4
    By SportsDiva
    I remember when Karen died. Now (fortunately or unfortunately) there are many more resources for anorexics. It's a complicated disease and with little to no resources, she almost didn't stand a chance. I wish Karen had kept a diary.

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