Project Pat

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 industry’s 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.

Benatar’s cautionary tale of rock stardom comes wrapped in a touching memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock Place.

Sat., July 24, 12:30 p.m., 2010
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Leslie Barton
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