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Award-winning British jazz critic Shipton calls Harry Nilsson “a songwriter’s songwriter.” Unlike most musicians, Nilsson never regularly toured and rarely performed in concert. Many of his songs were autobiographical, his way of exorcising perhaps the most painful episodes from his life, including his father’s abandoning the family when Nilsson was a boy and the gruesome death of his beloved cat. Shipton’s lovingly detailed biography of an often enigmatic figure chronicles the poverty of Nilsson’s childhood, his fledgling career as a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles, his bouts with fame, and his self-destructive behavior. His celebrity friendships are also explored, none more so than his complicated relationship with John Lennon. Shipton describes in detail the notorious incident that took place at the famous West Hollywood club, the Troubadour, in 1974, in which both men caused a drunken commotion. The murder of Lennon in 1980 had a profound impact on Nilsson; the notoriously private singer even campaigned for gun-control legislation. Nilsson fans will appreciate this long-awaited biography of an often neglected and underrated musician. --June Sawyers
"Shipton... balances Nilsson's tragic story with exacting analysis of his talents and similarly detailed accounts of bacchanalian exploits with ex-Beatles and other bons vivants." --Rolling Stone
Half way through the book but am finding the stories interesting, both known and unknown to me. My synopsis of his life was that he was a haunted person with his father leaving... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lester
I watched the movie about him, and I really wanted to know what happened to his family after he died. I hoped this book would tell me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Pelletier
This is a very good biography on one of the most talented, yet largely either forgotten or misunderstood singer-songwriters this country ever produced. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elio Lopez
An extremely detailed story of the life and music of Harry Nilsson. Having known Harry, albeit not that well, I could particularly relate to his time spent in London and I remember... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alan Neville
There has always seemed something tragic about Harry Nilsson. Incredibly talented and frequently self-destructive, he produced some of the most memorable music of the 1970s but... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christopher Hartley
I'm a fan of Harry Nilsson. I don't know much about the technical aspects of music, but I still enjoyed the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LLarsen
I and a big Harry fan and the although not too much new information for me I still nonetheless enjoyed the read enormously!Published 9 months ago by SgtPepper