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by Marc Eliot

Category: Music
Subcategory: Photo and Art
Author: Marc Eliot
ISBN: 0470433639
ISBN13: 978-0470433638
Language: English
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
Pages: 336
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Marc Eliot seems to do much better when he co-writes a biography with his subjects, such as his biographical books on Donna Summer, Erin Brockavich or Roy Clark.

Ships from and sold by ELIZABETH BOOKSTORE. Only 15 left in stock (more on the way). Marc Eliot seems to do much better when he co-writes a biography with his subjects, such as his biographical books on Donna Summer, Erin Brockavich or Roy Clark. His books on Reagan, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant reveal what happens when he works alone on a project. Unfortunately, Eliot also drops the ball on his biography about Paul Simon.

The definitive biography of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Along the way Eliot examines Sim The definitive biography of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Paul Simon, one of the country's most popular musicians, has been a dynamic creative force for more than half a century.

The definitive biography of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon

The definitive biography of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

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Marc Elliott is an English actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, England, who is known for his role as Syed Masood in the BBC television soap opera EastEnders. Elliott is the son of an English father and Anglo-Indian mother, and was educated at Warwick School, an independent boys' school. He has a twin sister called Sophie and an older sister called Melissa. Before his television and stage debuts, Elliott's career began in radio hosting on various BBC radio stations.

The definitive biography of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

Paul Simon, one of the country's most popular musicians, has been a dynamic creative force for more than half a century. Now New York Times bestselling biographer Marc Eliot draws on extensive research and original interviews to trace the incredible life and career of this iconic musician. Along the way Eliot examines Simon's early struggles to succeed as a singer-songwriter, the ups and downs of his decades-long collaboration with Art Garfunkel, his at-times obsessive admiration and competitive drive with Bob Dylan, his musical triumphs such as Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland, the spectacular failure of his Broadway musical The Capeman, and much more.The first comprehensive biography of Paul Simon and his musicExplores the complex relationship between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel through years of their musical breakups and reunionsReveals personal details, with interviews, of Simon's life away from musicIncludes dozens of exclusive photographs, several published for the first time

Whether you grew up listening to classic Simon and Garfunkel songs or came to love Paul Simon's music through his solo albums, this highly entertaining biography will give you a new understanding of this talented artist and the many surprising twists and turns of his life and work as a songwriter, a performer, and an icon of Boomer Generation.

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Mr_JeŠ¹son
Marc Eliot seems to do much better when he co-writes a biography with his subjects, such as his biographical books on Donna Summer, Erin Brockavich or Roy Clark. His books on Reagan, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant reveal what happens when he works alone on a project.

Unfortunately, Eliot also drops the ball on his biography about Paul Simon. The first section on Paul's early rock and roll years tends to spend more in-depth writing on other characters like Dylan or other artists/music producers than it does on Paul. It made me wonder if Eliot had done much research on Paul at all. I found much of the writing has a sing-song quality, especially in the early chapters.

I also disliked the way Marc Eliot reviews each of Paul Simon's albums, running down the list of songs on the record and then giving his own snippet of opinion on each song (not always on the mark, either). You know I'd rather read about the story of how a song came about, please.

The topic of errors has been covered by other reviewers, so I simply say that this absence of accuracy made me wonder if *anything* I was reading was true.

I stuck it out and read to the very end, though. And at the end I found an "acknowledgment" section, which I expected to be an acknowledgement to others for their contributions and support to author-- but instead he goes on for four pages about himself. But I wasn't even sure this was genuine, since he speaks of "really hearing" the song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and then quotes the beginning of the third verse as "So long Sivergirl" (It's actually "Sail on Silvergirl", Marc).

As I finished the book I felt robbed. This was supposed to be "the definitive biography" of Paul Simon. It read like a bad term paper. If you're looking to read about the life of Paul Simon, don't buy this book. Avoid at all costs.
Burilar
I can't add much more than what others are saying. It started out okay, and some of the information about "The Capeman" was interesting, but...wow, what a let down. The errors are glaring. And why he calls it a Paul Simon bio is lost on me because he spends just as much time on Art Garfunkel. Sure, their careers are intertwined, but I expected much more of Paul's life. It is supposed to be a bio on Paul. And it certainly doesn't shed much light at all on the reasons for their breakup.

Simply put, the Wikipedia entries for Paul Simon and Simon & Garfunkel are just as informative as this book. They're also free of glaring errors. And shorter. And a free read.

Simon's life story is in need of a well done biography (maybe even an autobiography...one can hope!). Sadly, this isn't it. Very disappointing.

Then again...you just need to listen to his albums and you pretty much get the story.
snowball
I have followed Paul Simon since 1963 and love his music. This author fails to capture the true talent and musical genius of Simon. While the antidotes are nice, the book overall is not written in an interesting fashion. I also personally disagree with some of the negative comments about Simon which I will admit turned me off on the book. Others not as familiar with Simon's career and non-music folks may find it a better read than I did. I was very disappointed.
DEAD-SHOT
The book is well written and interesting but Simon's life is not particularly exciting or crazy or even meaningful, therefore I recommend this reading only to those of us who grew up, fell in love, studied, relaxed and sometimes worked listening to and enjoying the songs and concerts of Paul Simon and now want to understand who inspired this LP or how that tune came to his mind.
I happen to belong to that category so I did like the book enough.
Whitegrove
This is s superficial treatment of the artist's life, more of an extended magazine article than the in-depth study I was hoping for. Most of the information was already available, and well known to anyone interested enough to pick up this book in the first place. I also felt the occasional sting of superior knowledge -- the author didn't seem to know that "Gumboots" (the pirated tape that first exposed Paul Simon to African music), featured a group called the Boyoyo Boys. A sample of that tape --with Simon's lyrics added -- can be found on the "Graceland" track of the same name. This kind of mistake makes you wonder how much other stuff the author got wrong. Wait for the definitive biography,
Madis
At last! I discovered that my feelings about Paul's lyrics were not all deep with obscured meanings. The music was always the draw for me.
But how many times have asked what does he really mean. It's OK I GET IT NOW. His search for ethnic and native sounds and talent makes him stand out in comparison to mosr artists,who get wrapped up in their inner instincts and become stale.
Lightseeker
I was looking for a good, thorough bio on Paul Simon, and I enjoyed this book so much. Read it from the library first--knew it had earned a place on my shelf.
This book is fascinating. I have enjoyed Paul Simon's music for decades. It is quite interesting reading about his early life and career - and what truly transpired in his relationship with Art Garfunkel.
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