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Pat Benatar takes her best shot in new book

Long Island native and rock and roller Pat

Long Island native and rock and roller Pat Benatar just published her memoir "Between A Heart and A Rock Place." Credit: Handout

Pat Benatar has been one of music's leading ladies for more than three decades, breaking new musical ground by giving hard-hitting rock a multiplatinum, Grammy-winning feminist twist with anthems "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Love Is a Battlefield."

In the Lindenhurst native's new autobiography, "Between a Heart and a Rock Place," Benatar writes about the toll being a pioneer took on her personal life and how she and her husband and longtime collaborator, Neil "Spyder" Giraldo, made it through - together.

Calling from her Los Angeles home, as she prepared for both the book tour and a summer concert tour with REO Speedwagon, Benatar said she enjoyed her new role as author so much, she's going to write a novel next. 

What made you want to write the book?

Well, I didn't want to write it. I'm really a private person and I'm really not all that interested in getting the whole story out there. But [publisher] HarperCollins approached me and they wanted to do it about the beginning and that was interesting to me. . . . The beginning was intense and crazy. There's a lot of stuff there that I thought women would be interested in reading about and a lot of stuff people would want to know, so I said OK.

You talk about all the obstacles you had to overcome. Was it hard mentally revisiting those times?

The odd thing is I didn't hold onto the emotional stuff that was happening. I was always going forward. So it was difficult to go back and think about all those terrible conflicts with the record company. I had forgotten it. I mean, I knew it was there, but I had kind of buried it.

Was writing about growing up in Lindenhurst easier?

I'm a voracious reader, and my favorite thing about reading people's autobiographies is you get some insight in how they got to be that person. You are such a product of your upbringing, so I thought people would be interested in mine. . . . My mother was my biggest problem the entire time. (Laughing) She kept asking me, "Are you gonna put this in there? Did you say this?" She was just adorable. I had to tell her, "Mom, it's not about us when we were growing up. It's about the other part."

WHO Pat Benatar

WHEN | WHERE 7 o'clock Wednesday night, The Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington

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