Rock Star Dads and Soap Opera Families make Fascinating Books

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I recently received two very different, yet somewhat similar books to review – Living in the Shadow of a Rock Star Parent and The Days of our Lives: The True Story of one Family’s Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives. Although both deal with show business families, the world of rock music and soap opera’s are not exactly in the same league.

Zoe Street Howe, a freelance music writer and the author of How’s Your Dad? interviewed many of the offspring of famous rock and roll stars, including John Lennon’s son, Julian, Roger Waters’ son, Harry and Alice  Cooper’s son Calico. Being the child of a rock star is not all your teens probably think it is. This would be a great book for parents and teens both to read and discuss what fame can do to a family.

This book shines the light on the preconceptions we have towards the children of rock stars and why we have them. It also shows us the reality of their lives. Imagine being upstaged by your parents for the rest of your life no matter what you did. How’s Your Dad? is a fascinating read, especially if you love music, rock and roll or pop culture in general.

Days of our Lives, the second longest running soap opera in the United States, began as the dream of the Corday family (Ted, Betty and their teenage son, Ken) in 1965. Although Ted passed away a year after the show’s inception, Betty carried on with the show and Ken continued the Family legacy and eventually rose to become executive producer of Days of our Lives.

It is Ken Corday, just a teenager at the beginning of the series, that is the author of The Days of our Lives: The True Story of one Family’s Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives. Ken reveals a glimpse into the creation of this beloved soap opera and his family’s struggles through death, mental illness and the constant threat of cancellation. Ken Corday also gives insight into the actors and storylines portrayed in the show.

Fans of Days of our Lives will devour this book. However, as somebody that never watched that particular soap opera, I was still fascinated by the story. The family struggles were heartbreaking and I love reading anything about the inner workings of television.

Both of the books above, How’s Your Dad? and The Days of our Lives would be wonderful parent/teen bonding books.

See also:
MTV Book Recounts the First 10 Years
Jeopardy, Watson and IBM – Behind the Scenes in Final Jeopardy
The Talk on CBS – Funny Moms Great Time
Harry Potter, Lady Gaga and The Beatles
Corn Flakes with John Lennon – Rock Memoir by Robert Hilburn

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