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Cyndi Lauper: You Can Take the Girl Outta Queens...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In her new memoir, '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper proves that you can take the girl out of Queens, but you can't take Queens out of the girl. The Grammy-winning artist behind mega-hits like "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" and "True Colors" shares details from her book -- from speaking "the Queens English" (the borough, not the person), to growing up with an abusive stepfather, to breaking into the music industry as a young female singer. Plus, Lauper teases a few of her most recent projects: a new Broadway musical, Kinky Boots, and an upcoming reality TV series on WE called Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unusual.


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Comments [2]

John Petrozino from Jackson Heights

I adore Cyndi! She was the only "pop" artist I appreciated when I was growing up as a kid in the 80's, even if I couldn't understand all the lyrics through her thick Queens accent. Like the previous commentor, Cyndi also helped me get through high school and college and my early adulthood. I'm so excited to see her at Greene Space tonight!

Note to website editor: You spelled "Kinky" incorrectly, quoting Cyndi.

Apr. 23 2013 04:00 PM
eleniNYC from Jackson Heights

Since HS, I always had a conflicted love/hate relationship with Cyndi Lauper's "Queens drawl" -- partly because it always sounded a bit heavy handed. So, I always wondered if it was partly a put-on or a parody of what I sounded like. If you grew up in the '70's and '80's, well before gentrification and the invasions of the barbarian hoards out of the mid-west, sections of QU like: Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood heading toward Bklyn., your Qu accent actually had a border accent. And that is: Cyndi Lauper. Having learned she is from Ozone Park I kinda see it. BUT, if she is from the section closer to Howard Beach it's completely legit. Because Howard Beach is ALMOST in Bklyn. I can tell you that other sections of Qu. don't sound like her or I because of the diversity of the immigrant populations from each section, like Bklyn, which defined what the accent would be. Owinf to a Greek immigrant mother and a 1st gen. Gr.-Am father, I developed a Greek-Queens accent which inspite of having almost 2 Masters Degrees will stay with me for eternity. But Thanks to the BBC and voice lessons I can hide reasonably well for most of the day. With that said, I am looking forward to reading her memoir during my commutes. i luv u Cyndi and thanks for making HS and adolescence a tolerable experience.

Sep. 26 2012 09:52 PM

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