Cyndi Lauper Shows True Colors in New Memoir

Music star stops by to promote her new book

September 24, 2012
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Cyndi Lauper stopped by to share stories from her new book “Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir.” Here’s the best of what the legendary musician had to say:

On Jeff Goldblum’s rude “Vibes” behavior: “I [usually] don’t care if you don’t like me. Who cares? On a movie set, It sucks. It hurt my feelings no matter what.”

On leaving her abusive childhood home at 17: “I was packing since I was 14.”

On record exec Tommy Mottola: “He’s very nice unless you’re in a business [of], like, who’s going to be the most powerful.”

On other music industry executives: “To them, it’s disposable art. To you, it’s living art.”

On dancing topless to support her passion: “My band would always be like, ‘You know, you can do this and make a lot of money.'”

Before she left, Cyndi told Howard she didn’t feel any animosity toward those who’d stood in her way. If anything, she believed it helped her connect with audiences. “I have a real understanding of what people go through,” she said. “Life punishes you.”

Howard thanked her, saying he knew of life’s punishment all too well. “Look at my face,” he laughed.