Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter By Randy L. Schmidt Dionne Warwick, Little Girl Blue The Life of Karen Carpenter 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 t
  • Title: Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter
  • Author: Randy L. Schmidt Dionne Warwick
  • ISBN: 9781556529764
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter By Randy L. Schmidt Dionne Warwick, 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 16Little 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 than 100 million During their short musical career, the Carpenters released ten studio albums, toured 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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    1. Randy L. Schmidt Dionne Warwick

      Randy L Schmidt is the editor of Yesterday Once More Memories of the Carpenters and Their Music He served as creative consultant for several television documentaries on the Carpenters, including those for E True Hollywood Story, AEs Biography, and VH1s Behind the Music.

    587 thoughts on “Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter”

    1. 3.5 StarsCUP COUNT Two mugs of coffee so far offset last night s three glasses of Angeline Pinot Noir Go HERE for the story behind the Cup Count As I ve said before, aside from romance I really enjoy biographies, especially music biographies I always find it fascinating to read the stories and lives that fueled my favorite songs and bands Music is, after all, the soundtrack to our lives That said, I must admit that I am actually not a huge fan of The Carpenters music I AM, however, a fan of Kare [...]


    2. Karen Carpenter was a star at age 22, a has been at age 30, and gone at age 32 No book or movie, until Little Girl Blue, has come close to telling the whole story I love good music journalism, so I really thank the author for doing such a thorough job Dozens of articles, t.v appearances, and concert books are cited.I remember seeing Karen Carpenter on television when I was 12, and seeing her in concert a year later A woman drummer singing lead in a band This was groundbreaking in 1972 This was y [...]


    3. Don t let my rating fool you I m glad I read this book But it was just ok The writer has clearly done a great deal of thorough research Unfortunately, he lacks a gift for storytelling He also seems not to know which details to include and which to leave out When reading the biography of a vibrant woman with amazing musical talent who died tragically at a young age of a frightening illness, I don t expect to be told the names and background connections of all the backing musicians who helped reco [...]


    4. I am doing research on Anorexia Nervosa for a novel I plan on writing and instantly thought of Karen Carpenter as a place to start Little Girl Blue turned into much than just a book for research Randy Schmidt revealed a life that was was very sad Here was a woman who supposedly had it all and yet had so little in the end It is unfortunate that Schmidt could not talk to Karen herself but given the nature of anorexia, he wouldn t have gotten much out of her Anorexics are masters at deception, den [...]


    5. Gosh, I wanted to love this book because I love Karen Carpenter But I can only review what I read, and what I read was not that great I didn t think the author did a good job of evoking the time period or the music scene of the 70s He did give me statistics about record sales and concert appearances until my eyes began to roll back in my head from boredom.There were interesting sections of the book I was engaged by the glimpses you catch of how Karen Carpenter evolved as an artist and the scenes [...]


    6. I knew this was going to be sad, but I didn t expect to feel quite so bereft, even in advance of the dark turn her story takes She comes off as a genuine and goofy kid, and so so startlingly talented You really want to go back in time and befriend her and change the trajectory somehow All the feels All the sorrows Read it and go listen to Solitaire Over and over.


    7. Karen Carpenter gave me one of those stardusted, historic evenings that you remember for the rest of your life A moment where you find joy in the new and gain divine inspiration With a happy explosion of fireworks, I was marked by a significant empathy towards Karen Carpenter and a new consciousness of the depth of her life and her music I also developed a new awareness on how to listen to music and the tenderness that can sometimes require And this was afforded to me by Todd Haynes.On a rather [...]


    8. How refreshing it is to read a biography that is honestly written with no intent or end product of sensationalism.The Carpenters were at the top of the charts in the 1970 s We ve Only Just Begun was standard wedding music Karen s voice was perfect in pitch, and while many did not confess to embracing the duo, their songs were exceedingly popular and well known with 16 consecutive top 20 songs from 1970 1976.This is the sad and tragic story of Karen Carpenter who died at the age of 32 from self i [...]


    9. I m a big fan of Karen Carpenter and have always been interested in her life Of course, trying to read about it is difficult because the Carpenter family is so guarded The author did a good job at bringing you into Karen s world, but got a little too technical on Carpenter songs, producers and recording history I want to know about her illness, and less about how many times they recorded Ticket to Ride and where, and how well it sold One of the most telling signs of Karen s descent into anorexi [...]


    10. Karen Carpenter s pure and expressive voice belied a virtually unloved young woman whose life was dominated by a family who took every opportunity to diminish her contribution to The Carpenters This book is very thorough, well written and difficult to put down If you ask most people about Karen they will say she died from anorexia but it was much complicated than that Her closest friends gave rare interviews for this book and shared Karen s triumphs and tragedies and the effect that her high st [...]


    11. I wanted to give this book five stars as it is the first I ve read that gives some genuine insight into what was going on in Karen Carpenter s life during the last 10 15 years of her life when she became famous as one half of The Carpenters brother and sister duo up to her untimely death in 1983.Karen had the voice of an angel and yet seemed to have severe identity issues due to an overbearing, and at times, cruel mother Her mother clearly favoured her son, Richard Carpenter, and yet so did Kare [...]


    12. Most Americans over the age of 25 and some abroad know of Karen Carpenter and her untimely passing due to complications of anorexia I d be willing to wager that almost every one of us has heard the uniquely rich, smooth timbre of her vocals on their local soft rock or oldies radio stations But somewhat lesser known is the story behind the wholesome family image behind the Carpenters smiling faces on their album covers In Little Girl Blue, Randy Schmidt details the lives of the siblings who compr [...]


    13. I can recall where I was when I first heard Karen Carpenter s voice on a school bus in 9th grade she was singing Ticket to Ride And I remember the only time I saw her in person at a concert where my seat was so far up all I could see of her was her arm banging a drum So reading Schmidt s biography brought back a lot of fond memories Both close and casual fans will appreciate the insights on her career and personal struggles This is no mere collection of press and fan accounts Schmidt conducted r [...]


    14. I don t know the exact reason why, almost 30 years later, Karen Carpenter s death still leaves me sad whenever I hear a song of hers on the radio or my iPod shuffle From all accounts written about her, from everything friends of hers have said, Karen was a very fun and funny womannd, super talented and a genuine person That s probably a major part of it.But the way she died and how it eventually came to overshadow in some ways, at least her amazing voice and musical legacymehow that makes it all [...]


    15. I enjoyed this book, but it wasn t as good as I d hoped it would be.Something about how they talked about with Karen made me vaguely sad, and I m not meaning the doomed anorexic angle usually associated with her There was a hard to describe tone to everything that I m failing to put into words She also seemed to be a bit immature for her age, surprising since you would think the fame and all that it opened up to her would have had the opposite effect.She was talented, she worshipped her brother [...]


    16. Although we all know how this book ends, if you grew up listening to The Carpenters, as I did, you will really enjoy this book Behind the scenes of the music industry in the 60 s 70 s, Karen s home life and, of course, her struggle with anorexia Sad, frustrating and sometimes tough to read, I still couldn t put it down In my book Karen Carpenter was and is one of the best female vocalists.


    17. Singer Karen Carpenter became internationally famous in the 1970s as one half of the very successful brother sister duo The Carpenters Her voice had a unique timbre that made it instantly recognisable to any listener of soft rock, and was much admired by the public and her musical contemporaries alike This biography, published in 2010, is the latest and probably the most honest of her life stories set down in print Previous efforts glossed over the unpleasant aspects, whereas this one is candi [...]


    18. Heart felt, heart wrenching biography of one of American music s true talents, an angel s voice silenced too soon Randy L Schmidt has jumped high hurdles to tell this tale the good, the bad and the ugly.


    19. Grade DWhen I was a teenager, I owned every Karen Carpenter record and watched every time she was on TV I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news of her passing, which stunned me ever greater than John Lennon s So when I saw LITTLE GIRL BLUE THE LIFE OF KAREN CARPENTER on sale for 1.99, I grabbed the opportunity to revisit my childhood idolTTLE GIRL is long on music factoids if that grabs your interest, Randy L Schmidt delivers and includes sources.I was interested in her life and th [...]


    20. The Carpenters golden years were before my time, so what I know of Karen Carpenter is anorexia first, music second This book was interesting, but was heavy on boring recording details and light on anecdotes that might really bring her to life on the page There are many quotes about people remembering her warmth, sense of humor, love of fun but no examples of it Her family was described as sufficiently creepy and horrible, though, and it s not hard to see why she had such deep seated personal iss [...]



    21. This book was not authorized by the family Any earlier biographies, tv movies, etc, were all authorized by her family and, seemingly, whitewashed The author of this one talks to many, many people who knew Karen friends, family, other celebrities to put together her life Karen Carpenter was one of the siblings in the musical brother sister duo, The Carpenters, who became stars in the 1970s Karen became anorexic and died at 32 years old The above was about as much as I knew about Karen Carpenter T [...]


    22. Last month, I came across a Carpenters Christmas special on TV I found myself watching Karen Carpenter, thinking, Oh yeah Didn t she die from anorexia She had such a pretty voice I decided to learn a little , and so I read Little Girl Blue The Life of Karen Carpenter.If you re my age or older, you most likely remember the Carpenters, made up of Richard Carpenter and his younger sister, Karen They were a hugely popular musical group in the 1970s, with hits like Rainy Days and Mondays, We ve Only [...]


    23. This book is well written No nonsense, no ego from the writer himself Just a pure as possible presentation of information.The book is inevitably sad, knowing where its all headed that no matter the triumph, this story does not have a happy ending But perhaps most interesting, is the look into Karen s mental disorder eating disorder, and her uncanny ability to lie to somehow always convince everyone around her that she was ok That hiding just beneath her smiling, happy exterior, was a terrifyingl [...]



    24. I always loved The Carpenters Karen s voice has the power to soothe, uplift and transport I remember watching the biopic as a child in the 80s, so I had a vague understanding that her story was a tragic one, but I didn t really know much than that she had a strange family and died of anorexia at a young age Even shocking now, when I am only a year younger than Karen when she passed It really brings home the tragedy of a life cut short, so I thought this would be a really emotitional read, full [...]


    25. I ve been a Carpenters fan since my teen years Love or hate their music, there is no denying the richness, depth, and beauty of Karen Carpenter s voice It s trite to say that the relative clean living the Carpenters embodied wasn t enough to save Karen from herself The truth is, she was a young woman, with a big voice, and an immensely talented brother It seems that her young start in her career put her in a position where she was not the decision maker She stayed there it was her brother, or he [...]


    26. Confession I m not the biggest fan of the Carpenters While I admire their harmonies and songwriting skills, their pop sound was always a little too light and corny for me But I ve always been fascinated by Karen Carpenter Her story is unbearably tragic And as someone who has struggled with body and image issues, though not anorexia specifically, I relate.Schmidt came to the Carpenters late after watching the tv movie on her life in the late 80s, a whitewashed account of Karen s struggles, which [...]


    27. if you still have blinders on about the carpenters this book it NOT for you.i bought this when it first came out but id been putting off reading because i knew it would be upsetting and it was but very well written you can tell the author loves karen i read it in one sittingis seems too short at 300 pages but when you think about it karen was gone too young if you love karen this is easy to read confirmed a lot of what i knew already agnes is a and so is tom burris sorry richard i love you but y [...]


    28. What a sad account of the tragic death of singer Karen Carpenter I agree with the author that her anorexia nervosa was caused from her unhappy relationships with her mother and the all the pressure put on her to make sure Richard was the star of the family It also didn t help that Karen ended up marrying a man that seemed to want her for her money instead of love I found myself so angry with Karen s family, especially her mother and Richard throughout this biography Why couldn t they show her u [...]


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