Stories To Tell: A Memoir

S. & S. Jul. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781982169428. $27. MEMOIR
Singer-songwriter Marx, who composed the hits “Right Here Waiting” and “Endless Summer Nights,” takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of a rock and roll story. Many will think of Marx as a short-lived ’80s star, but his songs have topped the charts for four decades. As the title of this conversational memoir indicates, he has a lot to say. He writes about his loving, music-filled childhood; his musical partnership with Lionel Richie; “Crazy,” the hit song he wrote for Kenny Rogers, which launched Marx’s career; and the mystery illness that opens the book and is still as baffling to Marx and his doctors by the book’s end. Of course, he also describes grifters and producers who were less than supportive, but that’s the music business.
VERDICT Marx has led a fascinating life; fans of his music and those less familiar with him will be absorbed.
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