Last Night At The Viper Room: River Phoenix And The Hollywood He Left Behind by Gavin EdwardsLast Night At The Viper Room: River Phoenix And The Hollywood He Left Behind by Gavin Edwards

Last Night At The Viper Room: River Phoenix And The Hollywood He Left Behind

byGavin Edwards

Paperback | October 21, 2014

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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.

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.

GAVIN EDWARDSis a contributing editor forRolling Stoneand has written forDetails, Spin,and theNew York Times Magazine. He is the author of six books, including theNew York TimesbestsellerVJ, which he cowrote with the original MTV VJs. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two sons.
Title:Last Night At The Viper Room: River Phoenix And The Hollywood He Left BehindFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062273175

ISBN - 13:9780062273178


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best biography I ever read. This book sits with you and makes you feel a lot. I read it all in one siting and was left in a very sad contemplative state something a non-fiction had never done to me before. This book is best read in a quite space all alone where one can be left with just the words on the page.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this Great read giving insight into his youth and family life.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad This book was sad. It talks about River Phoenix's childhood living with hippie's and in the cult the Children of God, and how it was normal for children to be having sex with adults as River had, starting at the age of 4 until he was 10, so please be aware that this may be a trigger for some people, as this is discussed a lot throughout the book. River was a very kind, caring, gentle soul who worked really hard to make money for his family as an actor, not so he could live a lavish lifestyle. There is mention of a lot of other celebrities of that time in this book as well.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting read. has some interesting details and an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Last night at the viper room Interesting presentation of "facts" with a slow pace cluttered with non-engaging side-dialogue. More real life review required to balance author opinions.
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An entertaining read.... Good back story. A page turner and easy read.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An entertaining read.... Great read! Gives you a wonderful insight into the family and life of River Phoenix. I had a hard time putting it down!!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An entertaining read.... River Phoenix's death marked the start of adulthood for me with the cold realization that my peers and I were not, in fact, invincible. I was a huge teeny-bopper fan at the time "Jimmy Reardon" came out and while I didn't follow his career closely in the subsequent years, it was heartbreaking and came as quite a shock to me when River died. This book does a great job of painting what I believe to be a very layered and honest portrait of River Phoenix and the world he inhabited. This is a must-read not only for fans of River Phoenix's, but also those who came of age in the late 1980's & early 1990's as well as anyone interested in learning how the perils of celebrity and substances can cut short a life of someone not necessarily as out-of-control as we might all expect.
Date published: 2014-01-24

Editorial Reviews

“What Edwards does do impeccably is reveal the life of an extraordinary young man, whose idealism and dedication to his family, despite crippling childhood conditions, set him apart from the rest of the rising star pack.”