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Sarah Palin, Andre Agassi and now Rick Springfield

December 16, 2009 |  6:54 am

Singer and actor Rick Springfield is joining the lineup of celebrity memoirists, which hit new heights this fall with books by Andre Agassi and Sarah Palin. Springfeld, who hit it big in 1981 with the pop hit "Jessie's Girl" and subsequent role(s) on "General Hospital," now appears in "Californication." In September, he told  Entertainment Weekly that he was working on a memoir that would be "brutally honest about anything other than the things that will put me in prison." He then recounted a story -- complete with hookers and hand grenades -- about playing with a rock band in Vietnam in 1969, when he was still a teenager.

Tuesday's brief news report makes the book, which will be published by Touchstone Fireside, sound considerably more sedate. Tentatively titled "Late, Late at Night," (a lyric from his biggest hit), the book will, according to the Associated Press, "tell of Springfield's long battle with depression."

Whether the book will go heavy into depression or focus on the mad hijinks of a handsome pop star doesn't really matter. What does is that it'll include interesting vocabulary: Without Rick Springfield, I might never have learned the word "moot."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

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