Pat Benatar memoir honest, brutal, funny

There is no doubt that Pat Benatar is a force to be reckoned with. From the very beginning, in 1979, when a song called “Heartbreaker” hit the airwaves and became a major hit, there was no looking back for the hard-rocking chick.

Over the next 30-plus years, Benatar would make her mark on the music world. But it wasn’t always easy for the little gal with the big voice from Long Island.

In her memoir, “Between a Heart and a Rock Place,” Benatar tells her life story with a refreshingly honest, sometimes brutal and often humorous outlook that will fascinate her fans as well as those interested in rock history.

Benatar, who grew up in Lindenhurt, N.Y., was recognized at a fairly young age as having the potential to become a promising singer. Her high school choir teacher took her under her wing and made sure Benatar received the classical training which provided her with the knowledge she would need for years to come.

Benatar talks about her early disastrous marriage, about being discovered at the famous “Catch A Rising Star” club in New York, the whirlwind rise to fame that garnered her four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Performance, and the pride of being the first female rocker to ever appear on MTV. (Her video for “You Better Run” was actually the second video to air on the fledgling new station when it debuted on Aug. 1, 1981.)

Benatar also shares with readers the struggles she faced getting her music presented like she wanted it, the constant battle with the record company executives who had different plans for her career, and how the powers-that-be nearly destroyed her relationship with guitarist Neil Giraldo, not to mention their young family.

But Benatar proved herself to be one tough cookie, and if survival is the name of the game in the music business, she had what it takes to succeed. With her loyal legion of fans, she would go on to sell out arenas all over the world and secure a place for herself in rock ’n’ roll history.

“Between a Heart and a Rock Place” is a fascinating memoir, but it can also been seen as a great learning tool for aspiring young female singers wanting to break into the big, bad world of rock music. Sharing her ups and downs, Benatar offers wise lessons, all the young singer has to do is take a little piece of her heart and remember that love is a battlefield — and she’ll be set to hit them with her best shot.

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