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The girl just wants to have fun

Cyndi Lauper swears her book will show her true colors.

The award-winning performer has a memoir coming out this fall, Atria Books announced Monday.

"Cyndi Lauper" will cover the singer's story from her troubled childhood to superstardom in the 1980s to the "ups and downs" that followed.

In a statement issued by Atria, the 58-year-old Lauper said: "Sometimes I come off good, sometimes not so good."

Lauper's hits include "True Colors," "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time."

Atria is an imprint of Simon & Schuster.


Green Day as opening act

Green Day will welcome fellow hard rockers Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rock Hall spokesman Todd Mesek said Monday that Green Day members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool will induct Guns N' Roses at Saturday's ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.

Mesek says it's not yet known if the original Guns N' Roses lineup will reunite and perform. Mesek say he believes frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and other band members plan to attend. The group split in 1996.

This year's Hall of Fame class includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro and The Small Faces/The Faces.


Urban sings praises for surgery

Worried he might lose some of his singing ability, Keith Urban actually emerged from his surgery to remove a polyp and a nodule from his vocal cords with benefits he never imagined.

"I think if a footballer in their 40s was given their knees back like they were in their early 20s, that's kind of how I feel right now," Urban said. "It's an extraordinary feeling of freedom."

Thousands of fans will get to hear the results for themselves when the Australian country music star takes the stage during the All For The Hall benefit Tuesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. It's one of the handful of times Urban has sung in public since his surgery late last year.


A Rolling Stone on display

Rolling Stones fans know Ronnie Wood works wonders with a guitar. Few are aware he's also great with a paintbrush.

The legendary rocker and bad boy is a renowned visual artist, having painted portraits of famous friends like Jack Nicholson and Slash. A chunk of his work can be seen in the exhibit "Faces, Time and Places," at 498 Broome St. in New York City's SoHo.

Wood, 64, has even drawn his fellow Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, who think his work is pretty good.

They're not the only ones who think so. English art critic Brian Sewell and English artist and collector Damien Hirst are among his fans.

"I have studios in all my houses," Wood says. "I'm sitting in Holland Park in London in one of my studios now and it's all decked out with stuff that Damien Hirst got me when I came out of rehab."

-- From News and wire services