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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550227076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550227079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Jackson is a bestselling rock and film writer and the author of several biographies, including "Bono" and "Jon Bon Jovi."

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Burke on February 11, 2007
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Being a Neil Diamond fan for as long as I remember, I had to purchase this book and was not disappointed. Ms Jackson covers a surprising amount of information and really gives you tremendous insight into Neil's heart, mind, and character. She exposes you to what his life entailed and everything that influenced what he is today. It made me fall in love with him even more...if that was possible!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Grande on June 16, 2008
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Don't Judge this book by its Cool Cover. I LOVE NEIL but this is a puff piece, way to much of the authors opinion of what Neil thinks. Her opinions of the bands and the era's is a joke. It's like written by the church lady. I hope I can find another book with a more Neilistic view.

I did learn some things but overall I was kinda disappointed and Wanting a whole lot more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Jones on December 1, 2011
This book is very much a cut-and-paste job with information gleaned from previous biographies and interviews and no new material save for the author's own opinions, which are occasionally very misinformed. It's one thing to have your own opinion, but very early on Jackson makes some really basic errors about the 1970s music scene and forms opinions based on those errors. Some of her descriptions of people in Diamond's life are obviously based on photographs and nothing else, and these descriptions are used to flesh out the word count. Overuse of glowing descriptors like "intriguing" or "enthusiastic" pad out the content, as do cliches like "knuckle down" or "talking out of school."

Also, Jackson full-on lies about certain events in Neil Diamond's life to cover problematic areas. These events are things that Neil himself has talked about, rarely of course, but they are easy to find either scanned online or in cheap back issues from the 70s (People, Rolling Stone, Stars and Stripes, Newsweek, etc.) The last real biographies on Neil were done in 1987, and the material in Jackson's book from 1987 on is notably sketchier and less comprehensive than what's written about 1987 and before, which tells you exactly where Jackson got all her info.

Further, given that this author has somehow managed to write 15 in-depth biographies over the past 17 years -- releasing some of them with multiple titles as though they were new books -- makes me wonder just what is going on here.

If you want to learn about Neil Diamond, don't start here. What you need to do is first realize that he has not been officially involved (nor unofficially, as far as I know, except perhaps with David Wild's semi-bio) with any book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dragon slayer on October 21, 2007
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This is not a biography. This is how the author thinks he feels about his life, his music, his passion.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Donna H on February 24, 2006
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I have been a Neil Diamond fan from way back. I have seen him in concert many times and will still continue to see him. He is an extremely talented man who has so much to offer but suffers from some road blocks at times trying to get out what he wants to. When he finds his groove it leaves me breathless. I enjoyed the book. My favorite Neil song is I am I said.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sue C. Fournier on April 17, 2008
I received the above mentioned in great condition, and once I started reading I couldn't put it down!!!!!!!!!!! I am a huge fan of Neil Diamond and this book brought me closer to the man himself. Fantastic reading for any Neil Diamond fan.
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For anyone who's a Neil Diamond fan, this book will satisfy, I think. I enjoyed most of the story immensely (and it's not a thick one)- but the last 1/3 was mainly made up of what's got to be public knowledge: tours and personal appearances, recordings made. But the book did satisfy lots of my need to know about my favorite singer. There's the feeling I get that the author's "extremely testing time" (in her dedication) was that of trying to write this book about an extremely private guy!

So many good memories were brought back when reading this but Mr. Diamond is a private man, and we fans just have to understand and go along with that. We're lucky to have been shown the few private things that were brought out in this book! Private stars WANT to keep their lives private, remember. Just look at Paul Newman.

I'm not young - I'm over 80 - and this guy (Neil Diamond) has been a force in the music I've loved for many years. When I still had my husband the music of Neil was put onto our tapes, the lyrics typed out into a book we still cherish for their poetry. And this author brought out how much Neil's feelings go into those lyrics. Oh, the hours my husband spent on his tall stool, taping those songs, getting all those lyrics down! When the album "African Trilogy" came out we played those deep drums SO LOUD the floor trembled below our heads (which were on the floor with our bodies, to "get all the music". When Neil first hit the public stage, our girls went to the East Boston, MA free concert at the City Yard to hear him; probably in 1968. We were so afraid for them (all the drugs we'd heard about at these concerts), but "Holly Holy" became a song we absolutely loved after that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Jauhar on February 8, 2009
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There is really not much material available on Neil Diamond. So in that respect the book does quite well and sheds a lot of light on some of Diamond's albums and singles on the chart. Wish there was more stuff on the subject himself.
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