Paul Simon

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The Life

by Robert Hilburn

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/06/2018

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Through such hits as “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland,” Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs for a half-century about alienation, doubt, survival, and faith in ways that have established him as one of the most honoured and beloved songwriters in American pop music history.

Yet Simon has refused to talk to potential biographers and urged those close to him to also remain silent. But Simon not only agreed to talk to biographer Robert Hilburn for what has amounted to more than sixty hours, he also encouraged his family and friends to sit down for in-depth interviews.

Paul Simon is a revealing account of the challenges and sacrifices of artistry at the highest level. He has also lived a roller-coaster life of extreme ups and downs. We not only learn Paul’s unrelenting drive to achieve artistry, but also the subsequent struggles to protect that artistry against distractions – fame, wealth, marriage, divorce, drugs, complacency, public rejection, self-doubt – that have frequently derailed pop stars and each of which he encountered.

From dominating the charts with Art Garfunkeland a successful reinvention as a solo artist, to his multiple marriages and highly publicized second divorce from Carrie Fisher, this book covers all aspects of this American icon.

'There’s no tougher a mind, no more tender a voice than Paul Simon, and there’s no better man than Robert Hilburn to decipher the hardwiring of this hyperintellect...great songs can never be fully explained, but the great man on his way to find those songs surely can.' - Bono

ISBN:
9781471174186
9781471174186
Category:
For Music Lovers
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-06-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
448
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x27.99mm
Robert Hilburn

Robert Hilburn was the chief pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades. Author of the bestselling biography Johnny Cash: The Life, which Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times selected as one of her top ten books of 2013, Hilburn has reported extensively on most of pop music’s giants, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and U2. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • A salutory tale of the pursuit of a dream

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    To me, Robert Hilburn has emerged as a major force in the field of biographical writing . I had not heard of him until I read this book and an earlier work of his, Johnny Cash - The Life, both of which I have just read, and I now regard him as a master, perhaps THE master, of biography. His writing points to painstaking, intensive research, many hours of interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, their wives, families, managers, producers, musicians, colleagues, rivals, critics and the many colleagues and others with whom they came in contact during their careers. Once started, you will quickly become absorbed in this book and you will finish it wanting more. As I write, Simon is almost through his "farewell" world tour, so there may well be a sequel to the book. I hope Hilburn is the author when it happens.