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5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic , nostalgic read
Reviewed in Canada on September 11, 2011
Great book, lots of interesting anecdotes and facts about all my favourite bands from 1970...Gave the book to my brother for his birthday too and he is finding it just as fascinating.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2012
This is the musical story of 1970, concentrating on the making of four albums: Let it Be by the Beatles, Bridge over troubled water by Simon and Garfunkel, Sweet Baby James by James Taylor and Deja Vu by CSNY. 1970 was a year in which two of those groups fell apart, one achieved success and then collapsed and another, James Taylor, broke through with a successful album. It was a year when the Beatles went into freefall and the author relates the various issues - the end of the Apple dream, solo albums (including the arguments over the release dates of the McCartney album), John's primal scream therapy, etc.
The whole saga of CSNY's tour is described, including the lack of rehearsals which resulted in the first show ending with Crosby, Neil and Young flying to LA and leaving Stills to head to the soundcheck in Chicago only to find the show had been cancelled. After threats from promoters, they agreed to resume the tour. Meanwhile, Paul Simon was becoming irritated by Art Garfunkel's disappearance to make films. Unhappy about having to work around a partner, Simon ended the year by deciding to make records on his own. There is also the inter-twined story of James Taylor and manager Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon fame and who sensibly decided to leave the debacle that was Apple) and his rather reluctant path to success.
It is interesting to read how all these great musicians intersected - having the same girlfriends, hanging out together, competing and also, often, combining to make wonderful music. Still, the year ended in December with Paul McCartney having writs delivered to Lennon, Harrison, Starr and Klein. As Stills recalled, "The Let it Be stuff was overhanging the whole year, that they were basically ready to kill each other," and that "it permeated the whole industry". This is a fascinating account of that year of excess and personal trauma and the music that was made, almost despite the problems facing the people involved.
Although I know a lot about this era and the artists who made the music, on reading this book I found out there was a lot I didn't know either! The author did a good job in inter-weaving the stories of the different bands so that it was in chronological order, not covered band by band. A good read and highly recommended for anyone interested in these bands and what happened to them in 1970.
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you are of a certain age (I am) and ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2015
If you are of a certain age (I am) and interested in The Beatles, James Taylor, Paul Simon then this is a MUST read. Example, why did Paul Simon start teaching music during the height of his "Bridge over troubled water". What was Suite for 20G (James Taylor). What really happened with the Beatles. All is revealed. Very well written.
5.0 out of 5 starsA terrific meeting of minds from Browne's pen
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2015
A terrific meeting of minds from Browne's pen. 1970 was the year rock turned inwards, as displayed by the goings-on of the key figures. Almost a half-century on, it seems like those days were rock's glory years, in between Woodstock and Led Zeppelin.