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Early in his acting and musical career, Leif Garrett became the heartthrob of the world. Young and good looking; and growing up too fast…he partied hard and lived life in the fast lane. But finding himself in the company of his own rock idols was the start of troubled times ahead. Leif plays their music and his own, and discusses chapters from his riveting new memoir, Idol Truth.
Actor/Singer/Former Teen Idol Leif Garrett Announces Upcoming Memoir
Leif Garrett has announced that his memoir, Idol Truth, will be released on November 5, 2019 from Post Hill Press (New York / Nashville). The memoir, to be co-written with well-known author/journalist Chris Epting, promises to be a no-holds-barred look at the former teen idol’s life, crammed with untold personal stories, wild celebrity anecdotes and many rare photos from Garrett’s private collection.
In the late 1970s, Leif Garrett came to define the ultimate American teen idol. His posters hung in the bedrooms of millions of teenage girls all over the world.
About the new memoir, Garrett says, “I’m writing it now because I think I can finally make sense of what happened to me over the years. I’ve thought about it for a long time, but I just needed the right amount of distance from all these events. It’s not all going to be pretty, but it’s going to be honest.”
This will be a book about what it’s like to be transformed into an object of insane desire and adoration. But it’s also a book about a little kid that just wanted a normal family. It’s about the ravages of drug addiction. And celebrity culture. It’s about lost youth, trying to be an artist and also fighting for control of one’s own life.
Garrett adds about his co-writer, “I also waited a long time to meet the right person to do this with. I met Chris two years ago and we bonded immediately over growing up in the 70s and more—but especially over music.”
Epting offers, “I think Leif’s passion for good music defines him. He’s also very smart, a great storyteller, and a compelling pop culture icon. I’m very excited to be working on this book with Leif.”
Anthony Ziccardi, publisher at Post Hill Press added “We are honored and thrilled to be working with Leif and his team. For decades, Leif’s life and music have captivated audiences. We think this book will continue to engage both fans and the general public alike with a fascinating look into the life of a fascinating man.”