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Carpenters: Behind The Music

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Carpenters Inside The Music

“ I remember thinking back then, ‘Oh God, if we don't get
a hit by the time I'm 20 I have to kill myself!' Well, we
Just made it, because it came out in late May, right after I
turned 20, and within 6 weeks it was number one.”
Karen Carpenter

The biggest act of the 1970s,
the Carpenters achieved an
unequalled 15 chart topping
singles in the US and have sold
over 100 million units. Their
dominance was unchallenged,
but as the fame and the fortune
grew, the terrible strain began to
take its toll.
A leading team of music experts and critics lead us through the labyrinth
of rumours and lies to get to the true story behind one of the greatest
duos of all time. We trace the euphoria of superstardom, the pressures to
stay there and the tragic consequences. Rob Hoerburger, famed New York
Times and Rolling Stones critic, goes into the tale in detail, with the
expertise of Chris Roberts and Carol Clerk (Melody Maker, Uncut, Sounds,
The Guardian) on hand, we analyse the powerful music the Carpenters
produced and investigate both Richard’s drug addiction and the
circumstances that led to Karen Carpenter’s fatal anorexia.
The 72-page book features an in-depth biography of the Carpenters.
• Close To You • We’ve Only Just Begun • Superstar
• Rainy Days And Mondays • A Kind Of Hush and many more.

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By M. Ellsworth on March 4, 2013
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I am the number one Carpenters fan in the world I think, own every album, compilation and DVD. I've made excuses for some of the recent documentaries and live in concert releases. However there are no excuses I can make for this low budget travesty. It's just a mess from start to finish. To start with the title is misleading. I thought I was getting a copy of the old VH1 documentary from their Behind the Music series from years ago that I loved so much. Instead what I end up with is commentary from 4 British industry insiders whom I've never heard of. So many of their comments ranged from questionable to flat out untrue. They completely skipped over Karen's solo album and their phenomenally successful Christmas Portrait album, not to mention the very successful TV specials (1976-80). The only reason I am not rating this a bomb is because it contains snippets of Karen's tremendous voice. I owe so much to Karen. Her voice got me through so many tough times during my adolescence. I loved her from afar. I miss her and I always will. Karen and Richard deserve so much more than this tripe. Do not by this disc. Spend your money on two truly great dvd's: Close To You Remembering the Carpenters and Carpenters Gold.
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