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More Room in a Broken Heart: The True Adventures of Carly Simon Hardcover – January 10, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406517
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A] revealing page-turner of a biography.” —More.com



“Stephen Davis reveals the fault lines in the life of an artist who, despite her popular success, has never received the critical respect accorded other singer-songwriters of her generation.” – Washington Post



“Rendered out of love and respect for Simon and her legacy…Shines” – Boston Globe



 “A sympathetic and breezy account of Carly Simon's life and (many) loves.” – Star Tribune



“A revealing look at the singer's hit songs, famous friends (Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty), rocky marriage to James Taylor, and struggle to hold on to stardom in late middle age.” – O Magazine



“Revelatory” – PW

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rock journalist Stephen Davis is the author of five other music tomes, including the New York Times bestseller Walk This Way (coauthored with Aerosmith) and most recently LZ-'75, about Led Zeppelin's legendary 1975 tour. He lives in Boston.

More About the Author

Stephen Davis is America's preeminent rock journalist and biographer, having written numerous bestsellers on rock bands, including the smash hit Hammer of the Gods. He lives in Boston.

Customer Reviews

Please don't waste your money on this drivel!
toupeebob
You get the feeling that the author doesn't even like Carly or her music.
Calikins
Even if the book was factual,(which is NOT) the writing is so bad!
BBB

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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Calikins on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a quick and dirty "copy and paste" job from prior books and articles, infused with Davis' inane and mostly derogatory observations of Carly, her music, and the men she's been involved with. If you want to read a bio about Carly Simon, this is NOT the book to buy. Get the best-selling (about to be made into a movie) Girls Like Us instead. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--and the Journey of a Generation

Stephen Davis chose not to interview Carly or anyone close to her, even though he had access to do so. Carly Simon has had an incredibly rich and eventful life. Sadly, Mr. Davis manages to make her life story boring. Carly is never developed as a character. She exists only to stutter, write songs and screw men.

There is also a very distinct mean-spirited tone to this book. You get the feeling that the author doesn't even like Carly or her music. There is a sense of purposeful belittlement attributed to the men in Carly's life. The author seems to go out of his way to vilify them, for no apparent reason. To purposely put in print lies that serve no purpose in enriching or elaborating on Carly's story, other than to attempt to humiliate these men from her past, makes the reader wonder what is this about? Does Mr. Davis have some score to settle with these men??? It's strange.

There is no bibliography because Mr. Davis can't prove where he got his quotes or information. Why? I believe it's because he makes up so much of this book. He certainly takes liberty with quotes that Carly's given in the past. He changes them by adding words to them, so that they now sound nothing like Carly Simon.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By James Nemeth on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
DO NOT buy this book thinking that it is a true biography or has Carly's approval in any way or form.

Please be aware that this is NOT a authorized biography of Carly Simon. Carly had NO input to this book and is furious and upset with the untrue picture Davis paints of her within.

The book is a collection of uncredited quotes from other sources. The author did little original research of his own - what is the author's own actual contributions are fabrications. He additionally "borrowed" freely from other sources. Authors Sheila Weller (Girls Like Us) and Roger Friedman have both blogged about their concern and unhappiness that their researched and published works have been quoted in this book without citation.

The author did not interview Carly Simon, her family, nor her friends or ANY musicians or producers Carly has worked with.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Chris Matthews on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was able to get my hands on a galley copy of this book... I'm a big Carly Simon fan so I was really excited to get it. Then I started reading. It's just not that good. Come to find out Carly Simon is not happy, either. This book is an unauthorized biography by someone claiming to be a friend of hers. It has a variety of bad facts (years, couples, etc) and relies heavily on Sheila Weiller's fantastic "Girls Like Us" which was about Carly, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King. All it took for me to put the book down and forget about was a look at the meanings of some of Carly's songs included in the book. They're so off-the-wall nuts it's not even funny. Any fan (or anyone who knows how to use Google) could come up with a better interpretation than Davis did. I just watched him on WGBH's "Greater Boston" where upon being questioned about plagiarizing the book Davis simply said he didn't plagiarize, he copied. Avoid this book like the plague and go buy Sheila Weiller's Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--and the Journey of a Generation instead or wait for Carly to put out her own book! If you want more info about the controversy around the book do a quick Google search for the following: ' "you're so wrong" stephen davis '
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By William Faure on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is NOT a forthright Biography of Carly Simon. It is a collection of uncredited quotes from other sources. Sheila Weller and Roger Friedman have both blogged about their concern and unhappiness that their researched and published works have been quoted in this book without citation.

Read Mr. Friedman's blog by googling Roger Friedman and Carly Simon for further info on this and the many errors contained in the book.

I read of Ms. Weller's concerns, that her published work, GIRLS LIKE US, is used without citation on her FACEBOOK page. I also read in the same thread that Jim Morrison's widow, Patricia Kennealy Morrison, pointed out that the author of this book did the same thing in the Biography he wrote about Mr. Morrison.

Mr. Davis did not interview Carly Simon, her family (other than brother Peter), nor her friends or ANY musicians or producers Ms. Simon has worked with over the 40+ amazing years of her career.

Yesterday, 1/09/12, Stephen Davis, himself, calls his own work "probable plagiarism" in a Metro/New York article. I quote Mr. Davis here...
"I'm being accused of possible plagiarism, and I thought about it and it's like, `No, it's probable plagiarism.'

Where was the Publisher in all of this? Shame on GOTHAM BOOKS!

If all of the above is not enough to ignore this drivel, as a life long Carly Simon fan I was also terribly disappointed and angry at the author's song descriptions. They are thoughtless and mean-spirited. After reading them, it is abundantly clear that the author has no RESPECT for or KNOWLEDGE of Ms. Simon's remarkable body of work.

Do yourself and wallet a favor... DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
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