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9780062273154 In Last Night at the Viper Room, acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenixâ€”a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywoodâ€™s storied club, the Viper Room, at the age of 23. Last Night at the Viper Room explores the young starâ€™s life, including his childhood in Venezuela growing up under the aegis of the cultish Children of God. Putting him at the center of a new generation of leading men emerging in the early 1990sâ€” including Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, and Leonardo DiCaprioâ€”Gavin Edwards traces the Academy Award nomineeâ€™s meteoric rise, couches him in an examination of the 1990s, and illuminates his lasting legacy on Hollywood and popular culture itself.