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Last Night at the Viper Room - River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind-logo

Last Night at the Viper Room - River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind

Gavin Edwards

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Hollywood was built on beautiful and complicated matinee idols: James Dean and Marlon Brando are classic examples, but in the 1990s, the actor who embodied that archetype was River Phoenix. As the brightly colored 1980s wound down, a new crew of leading men began to appear on movie screens. Hailed for their acting prowess and admired for choosing meaty roles, actors such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, and Brad Pitt were soon rocketing toward stardom while an unknown Leonardo DiCaprio prepared to make his acting debut. River Phoenix, however, stood in front of the pack. Blessed with natural talent and fueled by integrity, Phoenix was admired by his peers and adored by his fans. More than just a pinup on teenage girls' walls, Phoenix was also a fervent defender of the environment and a vocal proponent of a vegan lifestyle-well on his way to becoming a symbol of his generation. At age eighteen, he received his first Oscar nomination. But behind his beautiful public face, there was a young man who had been raised in a cult by nonconformist parents, who was burdened with supporting his family from a young age, and who eventually succumbed to addiction, escaping into a maelstrom of drink and drugs. And then he was gone. After a dozen films, including Stand by Me and My Own Private Idaho, and with a seemingly limitless future, River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. He was twenty-three years old. In Last Night at the Viper Room, bestselling author and journalist Gavin Edwards toggles between the tragic events at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Halloween 1993 and the story of an extraordinary life. Last Night at the Viper Room is part biography, part cultural history of the 1990s, and part celebration of River Phoenix, a Hollywood icon gone too soon. Full of interviews from his fellow actors, directors, friends, and family, Last Night at the Viper Room shows the role he played in creating the place of the actor in our modern culture and the impact his work still makes today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Luke Daniels

Length:

8h 27m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:05

Introduction
Introduction

10:11


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

02:07


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

16:28


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

06:37


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

00:59


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

07:17


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

17:46


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

01:46


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

08:38


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

12:59


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

05:57


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

08:39


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

03:51


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

05:13


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

04:33


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

01:08


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

12:36


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

13:00


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

00:54


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

01:50


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

02:24


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

02:55


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

01:19


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

02:34


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

02:02


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

08:57


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

02:24


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

08:34


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

01:53


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

10:17


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

01:16


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

02:53


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

02:48


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

04:00


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

01:15


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

04:51


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

01:51


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

04:54


Part 3, Chapter 38
Part 3, Chapter 38

01:18


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

02:52


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

01:58


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

01:49


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

06:51


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

03:09


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

03:24


Part 4, Chapter 45
Part 4, Chapter 45

03:45


Part 4, Chapter 46
Part 4, Chapter 46

01:26


Part 4, Chapter 47
Part 4, Chapter 47

04:46


Part 4, Chapter 48
Part 4, Chapter 48

01:56


Part 4, Chapter 49
Part 4, Chapter 49

01:29


Part 4, Chapter 50
Part 4, Chapter 50

00:55


Part 4, Chapter 51
Part 4, Chapter 51

05:40


Part 4, Chapter 52
Part 4, Chapter 52

05:15


Part 4, Chapter 53
Part 4, Chapter 53

01:42


Part 4, Chapter 54
Part 4, Chapter 54

07:29


Part 4, Chapter 55
Part 4, Chapter 55

10:31


Part 4, Chapter 56
Part 4, Chapter 56

01:14


Part 4, Chapter 57
Part 4, Chapter 57

02:35


Part 4, Chapter 58
Part 4, Chapter 58

01:43


Part 5, Chapter 59
Part 5, Chapter 59

18:31


Part 5, Chapter 60
Part 5, Chapter 60

05:50


Part 5, Chapter 61
Part 5, Chapter 61

02:09


Part 5, Chapter 62
Part 5, Chapter 62

08:33


Part 5, Chapter 63
Part 5, Chapter 63

09:51


Part 5, Chapter 64
Part 5, Chapter 64

05:13


Part 5, Chapter 65
Part 5, Chapter 65

01:41


Part 5, Chapter 66
Part 5, Chapter 66

07:55


Part 5, Chapter 67
Part 5, Chapter 67

01:23


Part 5, Chapter 68
Part 5, Chapter 68

05:37


Part 5, Chapter 69
Part 5, Chapter 69

04:51


Part 5, Chapter 70
Part 5, Chapter 70

06:36


Part 5, Chapter 71
Part 5, Chapter 71

13:16


Part 5, Chapter 72
Part 5, Chapter 72

07:35


Part 5, Chapter 73
Part 5, Chapter 73

13:29


Part 5, Chapter 74
Part 5, Chapter 74

03:26


Part 5, Chapter 75
Part 5, Chapter 75

06:51


Part 5, Chapter 76
Part 5, Chapter 76

12:45


Part 5, Chapter 77
Part 5, Chapter 77

12:40


Part 6, Chapter 78
Part 6, Chapter 78

05:42


Part 6, Chapter 79
Part 6, Chapter 79

16:27


Part 6, Chapter 80
Part 6, Chapter 80

09:39


Part 6, Chapter 81
Part 6, Chapter 81

04:27


Part 6, Chapter 82
Part 6, Chapter 82

06:54


Part 6, Chapter 83
Part 6, Chapter 83

05:15


Part 6, Chapter 84
Part 6, Chapter 84

06:04


Part 6, Chapter 85
Part 6, Chapter 85

06:12


Part 6, Chapter 86
Part 6, Chapter 86

15:45


Part 6, Chapter 87
Part 6, Chapter 87

01:17