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To have been alive during the last 60 years is to have lived with the music of Paul Simon. The boy from Queens scored his first hit record in 1957, just months after Elvis Presley ignited the rock era. As the songwriting half of Simon & Garfunkel, his work helped define the youth movement of the '60s. On his own in the '70s, Simon made radio-dominating hits. He kicked off the '80s by reuniting with Garfunkel to perform for half a million New Yorkers in Central Park. Five years later Simon's album Graceland sold millions and spurred an international political controversy. And it doesn't stop there.
The grandchild of Jewish immigrants from Hungary, the nearly 75-year-old singer-songwriter has not only sold more than 100 million records, won 15 Grammy Awards, and been installed into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame twice, but he has also animated the meaning - and flexibility - of personal and cultural identity in a rapidly shrinking world.
Simon has also lived one of the most vibrant lives of modern times, making for an audiobook replete with tales of Carrie Fisher, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen, Shelley Duvall, Nelson Mandela, the Grateful Dead, drugs, depression, marriage, divorce, and more. A life story with the scope and power of an epic novel, Carlin's Homeward Bound is the first major biography of one of the most influential popular artists in American history.
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By Kimberly on 02-03-17
If you love Paul Simon, you won't be disappointed
This is a complete biography of Simon's artistic work. At times triumphant, at others heartbreaking. The author doesn't shy away from Simon's weaknesses, either. This book will be greatly appreciated by his fans.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By KellysHero718 on 11-01-16
Now I Know
Although an admirer of Simon's work for decades, I knew very little about him away from the microphone. Carlin's book is excellent and seems to be well researched. As a biography, it seems as good as most. It's not a gooey love story written by an adoring fan, but an open and honest portrayal of a man who of necessity is rarely open and honest. Catkin speaks music well when describing songs. As a music biography, it is better than most. Grupper's narration is superb. The only disappointment is no mention of Simon's appearance on The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful