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#470604 - Today at 01:05 AM Books about River Phoenix
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6872
Loc: USA
I have previously discussed the book by Corey Feldman about the 2 Coreys.

There have now appeared a recent book about River Phoenix and another is soon slated to appear:

Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind Paperback, by Gavin Edwards.

Sorry---I haven't read it yet. Here is a blurb from the writeup:

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 23.

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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 1990s— 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 1990s, and illuminates his lasting legacy on Hollywood and popular culture itself.

Another volume has already appeared (I haven't read this one either):

In Search of River Phoenix: The Truth Behind The Myth Paperback – October 19, 2004
by Barry C. Lawrence

Originally Posted By: Barry C. Lawrence (author)

Six years in the making, this book is the product of many, many, personal
interviews, telephone calls, and e-mails with over fifty of River Phoenix's close
friends, fellow actors, directors, photographers, fellow cult members, drug
companions, lovers, and a few members of the Phoenix family. Their recollections
give us some profound insights into River's real life. I traveled thousands of miles to interview many people and to witness the
sounds and sights [and sites] that River Phoenix, himself, experienced.
I visited his birthplace in Metolius, Oregon, his homes and favorite haunts
in Gainesville and Micanopy, Florida, as well as film locations in Portland,
Oregon, and Nashville, Tennessee. In Montezuma, Costa Rica, I had an enjoyable
telephone conversation with his father. I visited San Francisco and Hollywood,
California, where I descended into the bowels of the Los Angeles city archives,
five stories below the street.
River has become more popular now than when he was a celluloid presence.
This complex person calls from beyond the grave to say, "There was more to me
than Hollywood."
The book is built from research in: over four hundred newspaper and magazine articles; fifty-four
television shows, specials, documentaries, movies, and videos; twenty-two books; Internet sites and the recordings of more than fifty songs from around the world.
I must also recognize the work of fellow authors who previously wrote about
River: Grace Catalano, Brian J. Robb, Penelope Dening, Penny Stempel, John
Barker, and John Glatt. Their writing has inspired me, and they were invaluable
references in the creation of this book.
The real names of people and places are used in this book. In most cases,
people I interviewed have approved what is written about them; a few asked
that their identities be changed, and I have complied with their requests. I have
also changed some names in order to protect innocent children. This in no way
affects the accuracy of the story of River Phoenix's complex and fascinating life.
This book is not about the death of River Phoenix. It is a compilation of my
search for the truth: a chronology and a correction of the record. It is a celebration
of all the aspects of his human life.

Ethan Hawke who told me, "Write a good book!"


Edited by pufferfish (Today at 01:16 AM)

#470607 - Today at 05:25 AM Re: Books about River Phoenix [Re: pufferfish]
traveler Offline

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 3420
Loc: somewhere in Africa
Puffer - i didn't know that he was in the Children of God. this interests me because i was in a similar cult for several years. is there any specific indication that River Phoenix was also abused? i know that it is very likely - given the facts of his life in a cult and as a juvenile Hollywood star. i'd like to know more, if you read it.
As my life goes on I believe somehow something's changed
Something deep inside...
I've been searchin so long to find an answer
Now I know my life has meaning
Now I see myself as I am, feeling very free...
When my tears have come to an end I will understand
What I left behind: a part of me. Chicago

#470609 - Today at 07:00 AM Re: Books about River Phoenix [Re: pufferfish]
lostc Offline

Registered: 08/12/14
Posts: 29
All these links suggest it happened or would have been likely. Twisted then that he would end up playing a young homeless prostitute in a movie where theres a bunch of disturbing sexual scenes.


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