From the poignant Brandon Lee memoir, former flame and legendary martial artist, Bruce Lee’s charismatic son who died far too soon on the set of The Crow, to the hilarious degradations of dancing at the 1990 VMAs as a Suicide Blond for INXS Bradley-Colleary brings us into the world of celebrity circa 1988-1995 through the eyes of the hapless outlier.
These aren’t just a series of brushes-with-celebrity anecdotes, but a rites-of-passage story where art may never bring Fame and Fortune, but can be a conduit to healing and finally finding Home.
“It’s the literary equivalent of a summer night, a good friend and a gin-and-tonic. Shannon is a deft writer; a natural storyteller with a wicked turn of phrase and frighteningly specific memory. (David Schwimmer’s acting class antics are hilarious!)
“As someone who was also a young adult in the ’80s and ’90s, I felt like I was visiting the parallel universe I’d only wondered about: What happens when you have a brain AND big hair — when you want to be An Actor but everyone wants you in Spandex?
“My favorite parts, though, are when Shannon reveals — without a drop of sentiment — the deep pain and losses in her childhood that drive her into wanting to be Somebody. Well worth reading! ~ Greg Thompson/writer-producer Bob’s Burgers