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Fire and Rain The Beatles Simon and Garfunkel

Fire and Rain The Beatles Simon and Garfunkel

Author: Browne David
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Four classic albums of 1970 - The Beatles' "Let It Be", Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Deja vu", James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James", Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - the musicians who made them, the songs they created, and how the tumultuous cultural shifts of that pivotal year are reflected in the music. Set against a backdrop of world-changing historical and political events, "Fire and Rain" tells the extraordinary story of one pivotal year in the lives and music of four legendary artists, and reveals how these artists and their songs both shaped and reflected their times. "Drawing on interviews, rare recordings, and newly discovered documents, acclaimed journalist David Browne allows us to see - and to hear - the elusive moment when the '60s became the '70s in a completely fresh way". (Mark Harris, author of "Pictures at a Revolution").

"Fire and Rain succeeded in... send(ing) me back to albums - CSN&Y's Deja Vu, Taylor's Sweet Baby James, S&G's Bridge Over Troubled Water - that had lain undisturbed through half a lifetime. For all the instability and over-indulgence of the times in which they were produced, they turn out to have aged, in the main, surprisingly well." (The Guardian) "(A) decent historical account of that year's events... Through numerous interviews and painstaking research, Browne has built up a forensic picture of these 12 months, and allows us to become flies on the wall at recording sessions, band meetings, public appearances and backstage at concerts." (Irish Times) "As a reporter, Browne is dogged and earnest; as a profile writer, crisp and professional. As Fire & Rain jaunts from London to Laurel Canyon, Browne drops in memorable details..." (Scotsman) "The welter of detail that Browne has amassed about (the bands') intertwined lives is truly astonishing - you will be repeatedly gobsmacked at what you didn't know about the chemistry and the chemicals... (Fire & Rain is) a riveting portrayal of the various musical, social and political strands that made 1970 such a tumultuous year in America." (Classic Rock Magazine) "The Beatles' split has been analysed before, but Browne' vignettes show the parallel cracks in other huge acts of the time as the corporate rock regime began to take a toll on the talent. The business details and intimate jealousies pile up relentlessly until you're left with a palpable sense of a worldwide heavy comedown." (Time Out Magazine) "(Browne's) attention to detail lends this compelling book a depth and richness rarely found in rock biography." (Financial Times) "(T)ight but varied focus and Browne's prose make for an engaging take on a year which included the Beatles' splitting up." (Metro) "(H)ow on earth can there be anything more to say about The Beatles, James Taylor or the individual components that formed CSNY? The answer is... quite a lot, as it happens. At least, quite a lot David Browne's skilful hands... Browne is an excellent writer and tells this story very well..." (The Record Collector) "Browne's highly readable account covers and shift between the key points smoothly and with reasonable depth" (Mojo) "(S)een through the prism of these four pillars, 1970 comes across as pretty bleak; entropy, fading greatness, opportunities squandered and irreconcilable differences of personality. Heroic friendships and grand passions - Lennon & McCartney; Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash; Simon & Garfunkel - are crushed by the pressures of fame and success. Volatile, vulnerable personalities such as James Taylor (who tried several times to destroy himself by violent means) overcome narcosis and self-doubt just enough to deliver a hit record." (Word Magazine)"
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General Fields

  • : 9780306820724
  • : The Perseus Books Group
  • : Perseus Books,U.S.
  • : July 2012
  • : 226mm X 152mm X 33mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 400
  • : Browne David
  • : 8 pages b&w illustrations
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