"This book brings back so many lovely and amusing memories of a sadly missed friend. She was unique and irreplaceable in so many ways. Joel has been thorough in his research, and his love and respect for Karen shine through. Love and thanks for the fun and the magic of her musical soul."
"An insightful look at the life of Karen Carpenter, a singing hero of mine.
I had the pleasure of opening for the Carpenters in 1975, but it was more exciting that they recorded several of my songs, particularly 'Solitaire,'
which featured a breathtaking Karen vocal accompanied by Richard's magnificent orchestration. Mr. Samberg's book is a worthy tribute to her everlasting legacy as one of the great vocalists of all time."
The popularity of the Carpenters-Karen in particular-has never really waned. In fact, when you consider the online presence, documentaries,
tributes and other projects, you might even say that an unofficial Carpenters revival has been brewing for years. Many remember the velvety voice that helped the Carpenters sell 100 million records, but not everyone knows that beyond the gifted singer was also a love-starved romantic, conflicted sister,
obedient daughter, unpredictable jester, modest millionaire, optimistic dreamer, wannabe mother, emotional wreck, generous friend, and melancholy clown. How is it that someone whose stardom lasted just a dozen years, and who might have given it all up in a heartbeat, is still so beloved and still fascinates more than three decades after her untimely death?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was pretty much a closet listener of The Carpenters myself. I liked their music and I loved Karen's voice. However, I was in high school during The Carpenters hey day and no one in their right mind would allege to the fact that they listened to them. So I understand what the author is talking about when he mentions this. Now in my old age, I was interested in finding out more about them. However, this was not the book to do so. I did find out a few things that I didn't know. I didn't know Richard was in rehab and that Karen took on a solo career for a while. I had no idea they were on that many variety shows either. There were other things I did not know as well, such as what the "A" in A&M Records stood for. And, I'm not going to tell you. You'll just have to read the book to find out. I pretty much think this book is a tribute to The Carpenters rather than a biography. The author took a lot of time and did a lot of interviews and research for this book. For that I gave him three stars. It seems as though he could not find a lot of people who really wanted to talk about Karen. I hadn't heard of a lot of the songs that the author talked about either. You could tell that the author was a true fan and kudos to him. I enjoyed reading the book, I just wish there was more information. Thanks Bear Manor Media for approving my request and Net Galley for providing the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.