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Last Night at the Viper Room by Gavin Edwards

last nightThough his film career was cut tragically short by his drug-related death in 1993 at age 23, actor River Phoenix made a lasting impression on critics, audiences and fans with his movie roles and social consciousness.  Gavin Edwards explores both Phoenix’s life, family dynamic and the culture of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s in this perceptive work, Last Night at the Viper Room, detailing how the star’s unconventional and socially isolating upbringing failed entirely to prepare him for the world of stardom into which he was catapulted in his teens.  The author combines his knowledge of the cultural milieu of the times with awareness of his subject’s weaknesses and sympathy for the tragedy of his untimely death in this captivating book.

Alison M.

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