{epub pdf} Last Night at the Viper Room Author Gavin Edwards – Vivefutbol.co

In Last Night At The Viper Room, Acclaimed Author And Journalist Gavin Edwards Vividly Recounts The Life And Tragic Death Of Acclaimed Actor River Phoenix A Teen Idol On The Fast Track To Hollywood Royalty Who Died Of A Drug Overdose In Front Of West Hollywood S Storied Club, The Viper Room, At The Age Of Last Night At The Viper Room Explores The Young Star S Life, Including His Childhood In Venezuela Growing Up Under The Aegis Of The Cultish Children Of God Putting Him At The Center Of A New Generation Of Leading Men Emerging In The Early S Including Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, And Leonardo DiCaprio Gavin Edwards Traces The Academy Award Nominee S Meteoric Rise, Couches Him In An Examination Of The S, And Illuminates His Lasting Legacy On Hollywood And Popular Culture Itself


10 thoughts on “Last Night at the Viper Room

  1. says:

    It wasn t all in my head While they were sleeping, River had died on the Sunset Strip The world had changed overnight. A long, time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away also known as high school , a friend introduced me to a movie titled Dogfight, about a group of young military men who have a contest to see who can bring the ugliest date No, this was not like Dinner for Schmucks My friend and I watched that movie several times at her house, and then I never saw it again Over the years, I ve mentioned it to a few people, who hadn t heard of it I tried checking Netflix and and other services which stream movies for me and it was nowhere to be found My husband thinks I m crazy when I talk about this movie which doesn t exist I was MOTHER EFFING right that this was an actual movie one which only made less than 400k and wasn t widely released , and I just found out that River Phoenix was in it Thank you to this book I read for restoring my sanity Anyway, random story aside, let s go back to River himself One of my male friends hates it when males are called beautiful, but every single time I see River, the word pops into my head along with other, less fortunate words Let me show you what I mean Once, when River was eighteen, somebody asked him if he had had a happy childhood Happy he replied, as if the idea had never occurred to him Well, it was interesting River was the most beautiful child you ve ever seen He had no social skills.When you re fifteen, to have to think of yourself as a prophet is unfair. River smiled sweetly at his tormentors and told them, If you want to kick my ass, go ahead Just explain to me why you re doing it After a confused pause, one of the skinheads said, Ah, you wouldn t be worth it We re all worth it, man, River said with a beatific smile We re all worth millions of planets and stars and galaxies and universes This is a tale of than just young Hollywood You might be interested in the details of how actors such as Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, the two Coreys and I laughed at how badly they were portrayed for being aholes , etc came to be, which are in here, intertwined with River s story.I was here for River though The recounting of his heartbreaking childhood and following awkward teen years tugged at my heart This young man who was so uncomfortable in his own skin, he had a story that the world would have wanted to hear It is sad to see all the potential in the world shut down in the blink of an eye He was a soft hearted vegan who wanted to change the world Instead, he is remembered as the person who overdosed on a street outside of a club on the Sunset Strip and died The details of how he got to that point were subtly blurred in favor of showcasing the person he was instead I liked that In fact, I wanted of the secret River Rarely, do biographies manage to come across as anything but cold and observing Because there were dashes of dark sarcasm and snippets of River s musings, I felt like I was dropped into his life and wanted to stay just a little while longer than I was allowed to.River was one of my first childhood crushes and he s been one of the few which I ve wondered about from time to time What we he look like today if he were alive Would he be successful, or would he have walked away from the business which he wasn t sure he even wanted to be a part of Would he have continued on the path where he followed his love of music It s sad that we ll never know what was to be.All in all, it was a beautiful recount of the life of a beautiful young man This book provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All quotes taken from the pre published copy and may be altered or omitted from the final version.You can also find my review on Booklikes


  2. says:

    I enjoyed listening to this biography of River Phoenix I was in the mood for something different, and LAST NIGHT AT THE VIPER ROOM fit the bill perfectly This book was released just a few days shy of the 20th anniversary of his death A night out at a club Drugs A bad decision A promising young actor dead at age 23.This was than just a recap of what happened on October 31, 1993 It spans River s life from his unconventional childhood in South America his hippie parents were members of a cult to his rise to stardom and beyond Learning about what went on during River s childhood was surprising I can see how his experiences shaped the troubled young man he became The book also talks a lot about Young Hollywood at the time, which included Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder Hearing about what the other actors were doing helped put River s career in perspective.The audiobook was performed by Luke Daniels, and overall I was pleased with his narration He had a strong, interesting voice and good pacing When quoting people he would change his voice, and most of his impressions were spot on at least for the people I m familiar with.LAST NIGHT AT THE VIPER ROOM is a well written story of a life cut short It didn t glamorize drug abuse at all it told it like it was Sad The author also poses what if questions and the possible answers which were very interesting to think about This book might appeal to film buffs and and fans of Gen X biographies.


  3. says:

    Have you ever got a book knowing fully that not only will you probably dislike it but it ll probably infuriate and upset you a bit, but you had to get it anyway because you re curious and weirdly interested in the subject matter And then when that book made you madder than even you thought it would, you just want to scream but you know that you did it all to yourself Yeah, this was me with this book.Some background.When I was about 10, my mum made me watch Stand By Me It s one of her favourite films and it became one of mine To this day, it s in my top 20 favourite films of all time It s a perfect film Like most people who saw it, I became rather interested in River Phoenix, although as I got older the focus changed to his brother, who remains probably my favourite actor and teen crush shut up They re an interesting family of course, one with very tragic elements So of course River Phoenix s very short life was ripe for a biography This one, however, is kind of reprehensible.First, from a stylistic point of view, the author has some issues His attempt to create a cultural context surrounding Phoenix s brief time in the spotlight falls flat since he seems to have no idea how to organically integrate it into the narrative A pretty linear biography is interspersed with tidbits on the Viper Room the club where he died and general information on other rising stars in the film industry at the time Basically an actor is named, their projects at the time and then another is mentioned This is repeated over and over again and feels lazy If you want to read a non fiction book where context is organically and substantially given for a time period, read Nixonland Second, and the biggest issue with the book, is the general tone of it all It s one thing to offer a comment on a stranger s life it s quite another to delve into unqualified pseudo psychiatric analysis that makes Dr Drew look dignified E News would offer less callous material The author is pretty openly judgemental about the Phoenix family s life which is pretty odd to say the least but if you re going to judge then at least develop the context further The author s offerings feel rushed and lacking in anything really substantial that hasn t been written before Wikipedia feels like the main source here aside from anonymous sources I understand the urge to seek answers from a tragedy It s a natural human instinct We see it every day in our lives and in the media Right now it s going on with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman an actor I basically worshipped and cried over a lot when I heard the news Honestly, I get that.I get why non addicts try to understand the minds of addicts and I even sympathise somewhat when they struggle to understand because it s a tough situation Addiction is an illness, one that requires us to not judge and to not sneer We can t laugh or roll our eyes and claim they should have just never taken drugs or should have just stopped It doesn t work like that We can t turn it into a blame game.We certainly don t spend 200 pages insinuating that someone s family are to blame for their death.The author clearly doesn t like Phoenix s family, but to lay the blame at their feet mostly at those of his parents and brother is low National Enquirer low Then, to rub salt in the wound, the author theorises that Joaquin Phoenix s career success and weirdness is the result of his brother dying and his guilt over that I honestly couldn t believe what I read It s coded but it s there If you ve ever heard the 911 call Joaquin Phoenix made on the night of his brother s death, you d know it s one of the most upsetting things ever, and the media released that in the aftermath of River s death.The total lack of basic decency on display here makes me wonder what the author was thinking when he began to write this insensitive exploitative mess actually I know exactly what he was thinking Hey, I could churn out something in time for the 20th anniversary of his death I m a genius Maybe I m just especially sensitive right now because of Philip Seymour Hoffman or because I m a big fan of the people at the centre of it, but this was a waste of my time and I only really have myself to blame Don t waste your time with this Go watch Stand By Me and My Own Private Idaho instead.


  4. says:

    This book just leaves me sadand a bit angry I don t think anyone can deny that River Phoenix was incredibly talented He seemed to be a gentle soul but troubled This is definitely a cautionary tale about the risks of making your child the breadwinner for the family I came away angry with his parents I get that they were hippies, I get that they were very earth conscious and new age y but for crying out loudget a job, support your children, don t let your laziness, your beliefs leave them unprepared for the world that they will eventually have to inhabit.I found it so incredibly sad to read that because of the choices his parents made River was unprepared to even understand humour in joke form I liked that the book gave snippets of what other actors of his generation were doing at any given time in Phoenix s life It gave context to and a contrast with what he was experiencing.


  5. says:

    I graduated high school in 1993 The people, the clothes, the music, the vibe of that time is the first one I truly understood and lived I found this book very interesting and I particularly liked how the author framed each part of River s life within the context of other actors musicians etc It set the scene pretty perfectly, I think I remember the tragic death of River Phoenix and was enlightened to learn much about his family and upbringing I know that many didn t believe him to be a drug addict at the time due to his much publicized vegan lifestyle I think this is why his death proved so shocking in 1993 to much of the world Had he grown up now with the social media presence unavoidable, I think we might have just found his death tragic, but not surprising.


  6. says:

    You would think after all these years I could read this and not get sad Wrong How can you not be sad over a life gone way too soon What did I learned mostly from this book, was, That River had a kind and gentle soul and even with his drug use that did not go away You can t help but wonder where he would be right now if he was still alive You can t help but to want that.


  7. says:

    This book made me angry There were so many people who could have lent a talented but struggling young man a hand, but chose not to do so There were parents who could have decided to be parents, instead of selfishly using their eldest child for profit There were friends and co workers who didn t step up when they saw a young star floundering While the addict also deserves blame, in this case a tragedy really seemed preventable The result was the death of River Phoenix, one of the most interesting and promising actors of his generation Last Night at the Viper Room compiles widely known anecdotes and events in River s life with interviews, a few lesser known details and some conjecture It focuses mainly on River and his family, but also provides Hollywood context There is commentary on the career and personal choices of other male actors who were coming of age at the same time There is some discussion of Hollywood politics, on set happenings and the cultural shift taking place in entertainment in the early 1990s There s nothing here that s really new or groundbreaking, but compiled in one story it creates a fairly good sense of the world in which River was living Taken all together, it s a compelling tale.I arrived in Hollywood two years after River Phoenix died and spent time with several of the people mentioned in this book This is a world I know fairly well I realize that it s too easy to blame Hollywood, too easy to blame friends and family, and that addiction, sexual abuse and fame are complex issues It s just tragic that this young man, whose life had so much to offer all of us, is now just a cautionary tale His death could have been avoided He could have been so much .


  8. says:

    I was madly in love with River He was dreamy, talented passionate A little bit of me died with him, I think So young, so tragic with his little brother at his side, so sad After reading about his upbring the pressure put on him to provide for the family, it is no wonder that gorgeous and promising young man turned to drugs.


  9. says:

    nb I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss I remember watching the news on October 31, 1993 I didn t usually watch the evening news I was always either working or at happy hour but this was a Sunday, so I was probably doing laundry and nursing a hangover I remember watching the news on October 31, 1993 only because the anchor reported that both River Phoenix and Federico Fellini had died It seemed oddly fitting that two such bookending film personae died the same day.Fellini was 73, and he d enjoyed a long, celebrated career, winning five Oscars and creating a style so unique, it spawned its own adjective Felliniesque River Phoenix, though My God, I thought, he was only 23 He had obvious talent, although most of his films didn t show it, and he could have been one of the greats, if only Gavin Edwards s Last Night at The Viper Room fills in the if only in one of the best biographies I ve read this year In his day, River Phoenix was portrayed as The Vegan James Dean, and there was something Dean like about him Back in the late 1980 s and early 90 s, his story was fairly well known His parents were hippies who moved to South America as part of some weird cult, and they named their kids things like River, Liberty, Rain, etc Also, River was a big environmental activist, plus a vegan and animal rights supporter He spoke out against drug use, and seemed like a nice if quirky kid The drinking was first Then came the drugs weed, at first, then cocaine, then heroin Between his breakout in 1986 s Stand By Me and his OD just seven years later, River Phoenix spiraled hard into substance abuse His appearance changed The once strong, handsome young star showed up for auditions with his skin looking almost gray His clothes were dirty and worn Some of his last performances were almost unintelligible His reputation in Hollywood was tarnished he had trouble finding good films Finally, he collapsed and died outside The Viper Room Last Night at The Viper Room charts River s short life, from his birth to nomadic hippie parents all the way to the bitter end.That s what biographies do, but the wonder of Last Night at The Viper Room is that it does than provide a truckload of facts Author Gavin Edwards shows remarkable verve and style, taking this book far beyond the dry tedium of many biographies Edwards wrote extensively for Details and Rolling Stone magazines, and his style here shows much of the hip, rock roll journalism pacing one finds in a good, extended magazine piece I was drawn in to Last Night at The Viper Room, and before I knew it, I d read it in one sitting It is an addictive book Edwards draws on dozens of sources and personal interviews for this work, and his documentation is fastidious He portrays Phoenix s life not only in a recitation of facts, but in anecdotal quotes from those who best knew the actor, those who worked with him, dated him, befriended him, loved him In all of their stories, they express dismay at what they saw this talented young actor doing to himself Make no mistake, this is a very sad book River Phoenix had a short, tragic life His family relied upon him to be the breadwinner His Hollywood stardom was their golden ticket River wasn t always comfortable as an actor he mainly just wanted to play his guitar and sing but the money was too good In some roles, he found a way to express himself through his art Other times, he was just going through the motions When he died, some people thought River Phoenix would be like James Dean, a handsome young star who died tragically young, but whose fame would live on forever through his work That didn t happen with River Phoenix James Dean is still a legend River Phoenix is an afterthought who died two decades ago His life is immortalized, though, in Last Night at The Viper Room From birth to death, it s all right here Even just for the few hours it took me to read this book, Gavin Edwards brought him back, and once again made me wonder what River Phoenix could have been, if only Most Highly Recommended


  10. says:

    It ends outside a nightclub called the Viper Room, on a Hollywood sidewalk It begins twenty three years earlier, on a peppermint farm Between applause and agony, between peppermint and heroin, there hangs a life the twenty three years of River Phoenix It s been a while since a book captivated, angered and saddened me this much What a beautiful, radiant soul he was