Little Girl Blue

The Life of Karen Carpenter

by Randy L. Schmidt, Dionne Warwick

An intimate profile of one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, this first full-length biography of Karen Carpenter details every aspect of her life, from her modest Connecticut upbringing and her rise to stardom in southern California to the real story of her tragic, untimely death. This illuminating depiction of a 1970s icon covers her time as lead singer of the Carpentersthe top-selling American musical act of the decadeand provides insight into their string of 16 consecutive top-20 hits, including "Close to You," "We've Only Just Begun," "Top of the World," and "Superstar," as well as a critical review of her aborted solo career. A behind-the-scenes look into the life of a superstar, from the prolific recordings and the relentless touring to the awards, fame, and fortune, this history also chronicles her struggle with anorexia nervosa and gives important new details from her autopsy that shed new light on her death at age 32. Groups such as Sonic Youth and the Corrs and artists including k. d. lang and Madonna have cited Karen Carpenter among their major influences, and this definitive biography, based on exclusive interviews with nearly 100 of her friends and associates, is a testament to her brief yet remarkable life.

  • Chicago Review Press; May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781569766927
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  • Title: Little Girl Blue
  • Author: Randy L. Schmidt; Dionne Warwick (other)
  • Imprint: Chicago Review Press

About The Author

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, A&E’s Biography, and VH1’s Behind the Music. He lives in Denton, Texas. Dionne Warwick is a popular American singer, an actress, and an activist; a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization; and the former United States Ambassador of Health. She lives in Palm Desert, California.