Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter


By (author) Randy L. Schmidt

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 167mm x 232mm x 28mm | 667g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1556529767
  • ISBN 13: 9781556529764
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 30 b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 149,163

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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.

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Author information

Randy L. Schmidt compiled and edited "Yesterday Once More "and served as creative consultant for several television documentaries on the Carpenters, including the "E! True Hollywood Story," A&E's "Biography," and VH1's "Behind the Music."Dionne Warwick is a popular American singer, an actress, and activist; a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization; and the former United States Ambassador of Health.

Review quote

"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"