Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha??

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“Her biography, like her life, is a work of art.” So says singer/songwriter Janis Ian about Christine Lavin and her book Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha?? In this book, and now audiobook, Lavin recounts her circuitous, often hilarious route to becoming one of contemporary folk music’s most respected and beloved songwriters and performers. From Lincoln Center and other New York hot spots to theaters, music halls, and coffeehouses across North America and beyond, life on the road has defined Lavin’s life and music. If she lacked a master plan,
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Overview

“Her biography, like her life, is a work of art.” So says singer/songwriter Janis Ian about Christine Lavin and her book Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha?? In this book, and now audiobook, Lavin recounts her circuitous, often hilarious route to becoming one of contemporary folk music’s most respected and beloved songwriters and performers. From Lincoln Center and other New York hot spots to theaters, music halls, and coffeehouses across North America and beyond, life on the road has defined Lavin’s life and music. If she lacked a master plan, she had the heart and chutzpah to keep moving and noting carefully what she saw of human nature along the way. It paid off. Her laser-sharp wit and perceptive irony produced a body of song, and now a book, that captures her life and touches our own (foibles included).

Christine’s 14-hour audiobook also includes a foreword written and read by actor and singer-songwriter Jeff Daniels; two brand-new verses of the classic song “It Was a Very Good Year,” sung by its author, Ervin Drake; and a cappella bookmarks performed by The Accidentals.

As Christine reads her lively tales, she occasionally picks up her guitar and sings to illustrate a point. Join her on this memorable and fun-filled journey and learn some of the most beloved talents in music, stage and screen. As Dirty Linen magazine puts it: “Christine Lavin is a storyteller par excellence. She can take the most trivial encounter and spin it into gold, exposing the heart of the matter with humor and grace.”

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Editorial Reviews

Bill Hahn
“Christine Lavin is an artist who covers the gamut
of performance in many genres; intimate of stars in the worlds of jazz, folk, and Broadway. She shares details of her life from Catholic school to a catholic life in this really readable book—Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha?? You join her in a most personal journey through her life and become her companion on a trip you want to go on unendingly.”
—Bill Hahn, producer/host, Traditions and Sunday Simcha, WFD
Danny Burstein
“Christine Lavin is quite simply one of the greatest people on earth. I adore her and admire her more than I could ever say. Her book details her amazing life and journey in the arts. Christine Lavin has managed to never lose hold of her creativity and humanity while reaching for the stars. Anyone interested in what a life in the arts without compromise is really like should read this book.” —Danny Burstein, Tony-nominated actor
Janis Ian
“Christine Lavin is the unsung heroine of the latter-day folk movement. Her tireless support of talented songwriters has brought out the best in many, given chances to more than a few, and put her head and shoulders above most people claiming to be ‘star-makers.’ Her autobiography, like her life, is a work of art.” —Janis Ian, singer/songwriter
Michael Stock
“When I see Christine Lavin in concert, I laugh and shed a few tears. Reading Cold Pizza for Breakfast, I laughed and shed a few tears. Just like her concerts, I didn’t want it to end.” —Michael Stock, host, WLRN Radio (Miami)
Stuart Ross
“Cold Pizza is a creative and cozy journey through
the warm and witty life of one of the finest singer/songwriters performing today. I was completely absorbed by the experiences and people that make up the soundtrack of Christine Lavin’s life. Her point of view on her own world is as specific, witty, compassionate, and honest as her music. Through this book she has created a narrative that lets us in on the creative process of a writer who celebrates the joys of yesterday&#x201
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981983523
  • Publisher: Tell Me Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 6.38 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Singer, songwriter, and entertainer Christine Lavin has released 20 solo albums and eight compilations. She has garnered eight ASCAP Awards and was the founder of the performing folk collective Four Bitchin’ Babes. Her songs are performed by artists including Sutton Foster and have been featured in Off Broadway and touring productions. She created and currently hosts “Slipped Discs” on XM/Sirius Radio’s The Village.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface viii

1 I'm Trying to Blind You All Equally 1

2 Law & Order Gives a Shout-Out to Pete Seeger 8

3 Piglet Meets Joe Namath 17

4 The Catholic Church Introduces Me to My First Illegal Beer, and TV Introduces Me to the Smothers Brothers 25

5 And the Award Goes to…This Year There Is No Winner 37

6 Damaged Goods 43

7 I Wonder Whose Underwear She's Wearing Now 51

8 So You Want to Be a Pirate 60

9 Are You a Real Girl? 68

10 Fate Finds a Way 86

11 $250 for a Set of Guitar Strings 106

12 Nobody's Fat in Aspen 120

1 What Was I Thinking? 128

14 Stupidly Crappy Mind-Numbing Music Business Disappointments 149

15 An Angel Sent by God 167

16 Crystal the Psychic Follcsinger 174

17 Speakeasy/Fast Folk 181

18 Oh… C—Eh? N—Eh? D—Eh? 192

19 In Search of Dame Edna 212

20 The Birth of the Four Bitchin' Babesp 225

21 Yeah, I'm Always the First One You Think of If She's Busy 249

22 That Part Is True. The Rest I Made Up 256

23 Dame Edna Arrives 274

24 Fallout 286

25 If I Didn't Have to Play Guitar Right Now, I'd Be Knitting, Too 298

26 Ervin Drake 308

27 Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland 322

28 Gettin' Used to Leavin' 353

Thank You! I Apologize! 366

Appendix 1 Christine Lavin Complete Discography 368

Appendix 2 1,000 Terrific Recordings I Have Played on the Radio 377

Appendix 3 Steve Wozniak: Guest DJ on a Segway 389

Index 391

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Excellent read!!

    Very personal, touching, and funny - just like her music. If you know Ms. Lavin's music, this is a must read! If you are new to her terrific musical gifts, grab this book and her CD's and sit back and enjoy! Reading this book is like sitting down and having an intimate conversation about her life, her music, and the business.

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