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Fire and Rain : The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970
by David Browne

Overview - Browne traces the arc of one tumultuous year using four classic albums as a window into the era.   Read more...

 
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Overview
Browne traces the arc of one tumultuous year using four classic albums as a window into the era.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780306818509
  • ISBN-10: 0306818507
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
  • Publish Date: May 2011
  • Page Count: 369


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-07-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Browne (Goodbye 20th Century) revisits the musical, political, and cultural shifts of 1970, a year that left an indelible mark on rock history. As the Beatles disintegrated, the career of a shy, unassuming singer/songwriter named James Taylor was just beginning. Meanwhile, Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released iconic albums (Bridge Over Trouble Water and Déjà Vu), each of which ultimately led to the demise of their collaboration. Using new interviews with the artists and their colleagues, as well as access to rare documents and recordings from the period, Browne employs a smart narrative style to make such well-worn stories as the Beatles' breakup fresh again. Through it all, he remains convinced that the first year of that new decade was just as pivotal as its well-documented predecessors—a perfect reflection of the chaotic end of the Sixties and the beginning of a new era in rock. This book will appeal to classic rock fans, as well as younger readers who may find this to be a fascinating look at an era when an artist's reputation was built not on social media sites, but on the music itself. (June)

 
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