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The Resource Paul Simon : the life, Robert Hilburn

Paul Simon : the life, Robert Hilburn

Label
Paul Simon : the life
Title
Paul Simon
Title remainder
the life
Statement of responsibility
Robert Hilburn
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. But Simon is a deeply private person who has resisted speaking to us outside of his music. He has said he will not write an autobiography or memoir, and he has refused to talk to previous biographers. Finally, Simon has opened up--for more than one hundred hours of interviews--to Robert Hilburn, whose biography of Johnny Cash was named by Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times as one of her ten favorite books of 2013. The result is a landmark book that will take its place as the defining biography of one of America's greatest artists. It begins in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, where, raised by a bandleader father and schoolteacher mother, Simon grew up with the twin passions of baseball and music. The latter took over at age twelve when he and schoolboy chum Art Garfunkel became infatuated with the alluring harmonies of doo-wop. Together, they became international icons, and then Simon went on to even greater artistic heights on his own. But beneath the surface of his storied five-decade career is a roller coaster of tumultuous personal and professional ups and downs. From his remarkable early success with Garfunkel to their painfully acrimonious split; from his massive early hits as a solo artist to the wrenching commercial failures of One-Trick Pony and Hearts and Bones; from the historic comeback success of Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints to the star-crossed foray into theater with The Capeman and a late-career creative resurgence--his is a musical life unlike any other. Over the past three years, Hilburn has conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Paul Simon's friends, family, colleagues, and others--including ex-wives Carrie Fisher and Peggy Harper, who spoke for the first time--and even penetrated the inner circle of Simon's long-reclusive muse, Kathy Chitty. The result is a deeply human account of the challenges and sacrifices of a life in music at the highest level. In the process, Hilburn documents Simon's search for artistry and his constant struggle to protect that artistry against distractions--fame, marriage, divorce, drugs, record company interference, rejection, and insecurity--that have derailed so many great pop figures. Paul Simon is an intimate and inspiring narrative that helps us finally understand Paul Simon the person and the artist.-From dust jacket
  • For more than fifty years Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy; but he is a deeply private person who resisted speaking to us outside of his music. He recently opened up to Hilburn, who has also conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Simon's friends, family, and colleagues. The result is a deeply human account of the challenges and sacrifices of a life in music at the highest level. Hilburn documents Simon's search for artistry and his constant struggle to protect that artistry against distractions that have derailed so many great pop figures. -- adapted from jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hilburn, Robert
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Simon, Paul
  • Rock musicians
  • Biography
Label
Paul Simon : the life, Robert Hilburn
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-417) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Part one. The boxer -- Part two. The sound of silence -- Part three. Bridge over troubled water -- Part four. Still crazy after all these years -- Part five. Graceland -- Part six. Questions for the angels -- Epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
439 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501112133
Lccn
2018015535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1006806444
  • (OCoLC)on1006806444
  • 945263
Label
Paul Simon : the life, Robert Hilburn
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-417) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Part one. The boxer -- Part two. The sound of silence -- Part three. Bridge over troubled water -- Part four. Still crazy after all these years -- Part five. Graceland -- Part six. Questions for the angels -- Epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
439 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781501112133
Lccn
2018015535
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1006806444
  • (OCoLC)on1006806444
  • 945263

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