Some may find the rabid devotion of Rick Springfield fans perplexing. But if his power-pop mega-hits like Jessie s Girl or his stint as General Hospital s Noah Drake didn t convince you, watching him blast out pure charisma and positivity in his live shows and spontaneous fan drop-ins would convert anyone. Somewhere between the introvert haunted by depression and darkness, and the 60-something extrovert who still rocks it in 100 high-energy performances a year, lies the real Rick Springfield. For most fans, it s much more than a celebrity crush. Many have overcome deep trauma by connecting with his music; all feel a special bond with him. But what makes him unique is that the bond is often quite real and flows both ways. A fascinating look at a singular celebrity culture, An Affair of the Heart is as much about Rick s fans as it is about him.
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