As an icon for a legion of girls in the 1980s, Pat Benatar sold out arenas by belting out Heartbreaker, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, and more than a dozen other chart-toppers alongside shredder extraordinaire Neil Spyder Giraldo, whom she eventually married. But the good old boy music industrys thick glass ceiling of sexism and disputes over her public image tarnished the good times. As history has shown, the best examples can serve as horrible warnings (i.e. Amy Winehouse and Courtney Love). However, Benatar, 57, has run the gamut ranging from innocent ingénue to trilling Paccini operas and with none of the commonplace breakdowns and overdoses.
Benatars cautionary tale of rock stardom comes wrapped in a touching memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock Place.