Paul Simon

Paul Simon

A publishing event from music legend Paul Simon: an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Simon’s full participation—but without his editorial control—by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.

Author: Robert Hilburn

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 1501112120

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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A publishing event from music legend Paul Simon: an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Simon’s full participation—but without his editorial control—by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn. 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. Songs like “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland” have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness. 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. “With train-wreck moments and tender interludes alike, it delivers a sharply detailed Kodachrome of a brilliant musician” (Kirkus Reviews).
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Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Paul Simon: A Life. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Biography that takes Simon's life up through 2009. Vividly written but badly in need of fact-checking. Contains decent discography, though. Fisher, Carrie. Wishful Drinking.

Author: Cornel Bonca

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810884823

Category: Music

Page: 210

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In Paul Simon: An American Tune, Cornel Bonca considers Simon’s vast trove of songs in the biographical and cultural context in which he wrote them: from the pop cultural revolution of the 1960s which Simon himself helped to create, the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s, the turn toward world music in the 1980s that gave the world the monumental Graceland, to the intimate personal turn his music took in the millennial era. Analyzing Simon’s albums one by one, often song by song, Bonca provides a deep and artful exploration of the work of one of today’s major songwriters.
Categories: Music

The Essential Paul Simon

The Essential Paul Simon

Martin and Ruth Simon were Lutheran missionaries to China in the 1930s. After they returned to the United States and settled in Paul's birthplace of Eugene, Oregon, they lived for a time the prosaic lives ofa pastor's family, ...

Author: John S Jackson

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809331932

Category: Political Science

Page: 350

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One of the most admired public figures in Illinois’s history, journalist and politician Paul Simon dedicated his life to public service for more than four decades. During his lengthy and productive career, he often used his prolific writings as tools to establish a straightforward dialogue with his constituents. In The Essential Paul Simon: Timeless Lessons for Today’s Politics, editor John S. Jackson carefully selects the best of Simon’s decades of writings, which include newspaper columns, editorials, book chapters, and newsletters—works that, while written to address the challenges of Simon’s own era, still resonate with practical wisdom today. Jackson provides an introduction to each chapter, setting Senator Simon’s work into the context of its time and emphasizing the connection to today’s continuing political questions and conflicts. He also contributes an annotated bibliography covering all of Paul Simon’s twenty-two books which will prove to be a handy guide to Simon’s publications. While Simon covered a broad spectrum of topics in his written works, his mission throughout the years remained the same: to urge his constituents to study and understand issues that affected their daily lives and to make the complexities of politics accessible to the average citizen. An indispensable volume for voters and politicians alike, The Essential Paul Simon compiles some of the most thought-provoking writings from one of the keenest political minds in our nation’s history. Years after their publication, Simon’s eloquent and energetic conversations continue to provide witty, informative guidance through the maze of American politics and inspire the development of spirited public discussion and debate. Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society, 2013
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Paul Simon

Paul Simon

The Life Robert Hilburn. Simon and Garfunkel were both hopeful, but they knew that a hit album would be a longshot. It was Wilson and Halee who seemed the most excited. “We had been around long enough to know the odds, but we thought ...

Author: Robert Hilburn

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781501112133

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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Acclaimed music writer Robert Hilburn’s “epic” and “definitive” (Rolling Stone) biography of music icon Paul Simon, written with Simon’s full participation—but without his editorial control—that “reminds us how titanic this musician is” (The Washington Post). 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. Songs like “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland” have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness. But Simon is a deeply private person who has said he will not write an autobiography or talk to biographers. Finally, however, he has opened up for Robert Hilburn—for more than one hundred hours of interviews—in this “brilliant and entertaining portrait of Simon that will likely be the definitive biography” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Over the course of three years, Hilburn 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. “As engaging as a lively American tune” (People), Paul Simon is a “straight-shooting tour de force…that does thorough justice to this American prophet and pop star” (USA TODAY, four out of four stars). “Read it if you like Simon; read it if you want to discover how talent unfolds itself” (Stephen King).
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Paul Simon

Paul Simon

Paul Simon is a star that everyone wants to know about.In Paul Simon: the definitive biography bestselling writer Laura Jackson reveals the story behind this naturally intense man whose evocative lyrics have articulated the fears, dreams ...

Author: Laura Jackson

Publisher: Piatkus Books

ISBN: 0749923431

Category: Folk musicians

Page: 252

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Paul Simon's career has spanned six decades. in 1957, at the age of 16, Paul Simon, along with Art Garfunkel, notched up his first chart hit. in October 2000, millions of records later and having just completed a double bill tour with Bob Dylan, Simon's latest album You're the One went gold immediately on release and secured a Grammy nomination as Album of the Year 2001. Paul Simon is a star that everyone wants to know about.In Paul Simon: the definitive biography bestselling writer Laura Jackson reveals the story behind this naturally intense man whose evocative lyrics have articulated the fears, dreams and everyday dilemmas of several generations.--Includes professional analysis and discussion of Paul Simon as a world-class lyricist, through the views of contemporary songwriters and music critics such as Chris de Burgh, Sir Tim Rice, Noel Redding as well as from eminent academics on both sides of the Atlantic-Gives insights into Paul Simon's life and music, from his roots to the present day, dealing with the years he partnered Garfunkel, his subsequent solo career and how he later went on to embrace experimentation with world music and develop an interest in musicals and film-Explores Paul Simon's passion for politics and involvement in world issues-Focuses on his intriguing, sometimes fractured friendship with Art Garfunkel, delves into his perennial sense of insecurity and explores his troubled relationships with womenThis fascinating biography provides a detailed portrait of a man who is a true icon of the 20th century.
Categories: Folk musicians

LIFE

LIFE

The credit for their achievement is largely Paul Simon's; Art Garfunkel functions as a clever harmonist and a discreet and tasteful editor, hut it is Simons name alone that goes on the sheet music. The music is fine, although not so ...

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Page: 136

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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.
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Paul Simon

Paul Simon

You'll also discover the enormous efforts Paul made to ensure that his first solo album would sound completely different from Simon & Garfunkel; the long and complex process that led to the creation of Graceland, the album that ...

Author: Marc Eliot

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated

ISBN: 0470433639

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 313

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Chronicles the life of the famous musician and songwriter, including his early years as a doo-wop singer, his tumultuous partnership with Art Garfunkel, and his failed 1998 musical "The Capeman."
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Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States Together with a Memorial Service in Honor of Paul Simon Late a Senator from Illinois

Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States Together with a Memorial Service in Honor of Paul Simon  Late a Senator from Illinois

So whatever definitive biography you read of Abraham Lincoln , it will cite PAUL SIMON's book for that period of Abraham Lincoln's life . PAUL SIMON was asked once why he wrote the book . He said he had discovered there just hadn't been ...

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ISBN: PURD:32754078870460

Category: Legislators

Page: 80

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Paul Simon Greatest Hits

Paul Simon   Greatest Hits

Paul Simon. 12 in - spi EL03368 wan- na have you near me Copyright © 1984 DOUBLE VIRGO MUSIC ( ASCAP ) and FOSTER FREES MUSIC , INC . ( BMI ) of my life ... LO 5 G D7 mp You're the mean - ing of my life , you're the e ra d 35 2 · tion .

Author: Paul Simon

Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing

ISBN: 071197912X

Category: Music

Page: 28

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(Music Sales America). 14 of his best, arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Includes: The Boxer * Bridge Over Troubled Water * 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) * Homeward Bound * I Am a Rock * Mother and Child Reunion * Scarborough Fair/Canticle * The Sound of Silence * Still Crazy After All These Years * You Can Call Me Al * and more.
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What Is It All but Luminous

What Is It All but Luminous

Garfunkel's history is told in flowing prose, bounding from present to past, far from a linear rags-to-riches story." —Bookreporter "It's hard to imagine any single word that would accurately describe this book . . . an entertaining ...

Author: Art Garfunkel

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780385352468

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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"Poetic musings on a life well-lived—one that is still moving forward, always creating, always luminous. This isn't your typical autobiography. Garfunkel's history is told in flowing prose, bounding from present to past, far from a linear rags-to-riches story." —Bookreporter "It's hard to imagine any single word that would accurately describe this book . . . an entertaining volume that's more fun to read than a conventional memoir might have been." —The Wall Street Journal "A charming book of prose and poetry printed in a digitalized version of his handwriting . . . witty, candid, and wildly imaginative . . . A highly intelligent man trying to make sense of his extraordinary life." —Associated Press From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel, a memoir (of sorts)—moving, lyrical impressions, interspersed throughout a narrative, punctuated by poetry, musings, lists of resonant books loved and admired, revealing a life and the making of a musician, that show us, as well, the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and of a collaboration that became the most successful singing duo in the roiling age that embraced, and was defined by, their pathfinding folk-rock music. In What Is It All but Luminous, Art Garfunkel writes about growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s (son of a traveling salesman, listening as his father played Enrico Caruso records), a middle-class Jewish boy, living in a redbrick semi-attached house on Jewel Avenue in Kew Gardens, Queens. He writes of meeting Paul Simon, the kid who made Art laugh (they met at their graduation play, Alice in Wonderland; Paul was the White Rabbit; Art, the Cheshire Cat). Of their being twelve at the birth of rock’n’roll (“it was rhythm and blues. It was black. I was captured and so was Paul”), of a demo of their song, Hey Schoolgirl for seven dollars and the actual record (with Paul’s father on bass) going to #40 on the charts. He writes about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, ruling the pop charts from the age of sixteen, about not being a natural performer but more a thinker, an underground man. He writes of the hit songs; touring; about being an actor working with directors Mike Nichols (“the greatest of them all”), about choosing music over a PhD in mathematics. And he writes about his long-unfolding split with Paul, and how and why it evolved, and after; learning to perform on his own . . . and about being a husband, a father and much more.
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