"I'm always going to sing. That's the end of it.
I'm going to sing until I die."
Cyndi Lauper chronicles her life and career in this candid memoir; she holds nothing back. And her journey has not been an easy one. She left home at seventeen. Failed out of school. Got and lost a myriad of low-paying jobs. And struggled to find her voice in a male-dominated music world. Dealing with her success and fame has not always been easy either. Her narrative does tend to go off on tangents at times--MANY tangents--but overall this is a fascinating look at her life. Lauper is VERY outspoken, sometimes to her detriment. (She swears a lot, too.) She's also uncompromising when it comes to her music, and always, unapologetically herself.
"If life is for learning, then we all better get to know our book...And remember this: It's not what others think about you that will allow you to succeed. It's what you think about you that allows you to succeed. Because if you can picture yourself doing something, don't listen to anybody who tells you that you can't. You have to just try. Otherwise you're gonna be saying should've, could've, would've, and you don't want to be saying that in your life."
(I listened to several of Lauper's albums while I read this book: She's So Unusual, Bring Ya To the Brink, and Memphis Blues, which added to my reading experience and made it more fun. Though I can't really recommend Memphis Blues; Cyndi Lauper can sing a lot of things really well, but her voice isn't really suited for the blues. So stick with her other albums!)