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Eternal Troubadour: The Improbable Life Of Tiny Tim Paperback – February 9, 2016
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"It's the best book about Tiny Tim IMO, with far more info than the others, and what seems to me like a balanced attitude toward this complex and remarkable man, who was such a magnet for controversy. His story is all there, the depressing parts and the thrilling parts. I'll be referring to this a lot, and cursing the publishers every time for not including a %$&?% index!" - Dr. Demento
"The story of Tiny Tim's life is alternately heartbreaking, infuriating, and head-scratching. And with scores of new interviews, and access to Tim's own personal (and very frank) diaries, this book makes for a compelling, if lengthy read for the non "Tiny Head."- Houston Press
"The authors are to be commended for handling the complexities of this complicated yet beautiful spirit...they've produced one of the most honest and revealing biographies of the year, one that tells its story well, warts and all."- The Recoup
"It's the best book about Tiny Tim IMO, with far more info than the others, and what seems to me like a balanced attitude toward this complex and remarkable man, who was such a magnet for controversy. His story is all there, the depressing parts and the thrilling parts. I'll be referring to this a lot, and cursing the publishers every time for not including a %$&?% index!"- Dr. Demento
"I love this book. It's exactly the right feel. Tiny Tim had an almost magical power to destroy cynicism in every one he encountered from Bing Crosby to Howard Stern, from Lenny Bruce to John Lennon, from Sinatra and Carson to all the rest of us. This hardcore atheist says without irony, 'God Bless Tiny Tim.'"- Penn Jillette (1/2 of Penn & Teller)
"...a heart-rending account of a tragic, inexplicable figure."- Record Collector Magazine
About the Author
Justin Martell is an independent filmmaker and writer. Considered 'one of America's foremost experts' on Tiny Tim, he has consulted on and contributed liner notes to two posthumous Tiny Tim releases, I've Never Seen A Straight Banana (Collector's Choice, 2009) and Lost & Found: Volume 1 (Secret Seven Records, 2011). In 2013, he put out a previously unreleased Tiny Tim track on a limited-edition Edison wax cylinder, which Time.com dubbed the 'most retro record release ever'.
Alanna Wray McDonald is a poet, writer, and freelance art director for film and television. She resides in Iowa and Brooklyn, New York.
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From his New York beginnings where the seeds of musical interest were planted by endless hours of listening to crooners from the turn of the [last] century to a long, hard climb up the success ladder in Hollywood and beyond to his final years of working and living in the mid-west, Mr. Martell and Ms. McDonald have exhaustively chronicled the life and times of the 'eternal troubadour,' as the late Martin Sharp called him.
In one volume, the authors have gathered together the recollections of dozens of insiders, along with Tiny Tim's own unique perspective on his life and times.
It is a journey through a short, fully lived life that I suspect will become THE source for the last word on the wonderful world of Tiny Tim.
This is an amazing account of his life, based on many author-conducted interviews, historic interviews and Tiny's own extensive diaries. The authori provides insights into the man that a single novelty record and a few odd appearances on laugh-in and talk shows can reveal.
He reminds me of Ignatius Reilly from Confederacy of Dunces, my favorite novel. He was quixotic in his quest for a big comeback yet hoisted himself by his own petards at every turn.
Whatever you may think of Tiny Tim, this is well worth a read. The understanding you will get is well worth the time. Well written and entertaining. RIP & God Bless Tiny Tim!
The entirety of the book is an incredible and riveting account of Tiny Tim's life, not written through rose coloured glasses or painted with a biased brush; this book details the ups and downs of Tiny's life, as well as his undeniable genius. If you're a novice reading the book, by the end of it you'll be a die hard fan.
One thing I also appreciated, was that it seems as if equal balance was given to the entire life of Tiny Tim, whereas other biographies tend to focus on the juicy stuff and gloss over the rest of it. The fame of 1968 was, to me, not so much more interesting than the rest of his life, and I was glad that there was so much more comprehension going on after that throughout these pages. Eternal Troubador was definitely a page-turner, and is recommended for anyone with even a vague interest in Tiny Tim, outsiders, or anachronisms in general.
The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars was because there must've been around 3 dozen grammatical errors and typos, about 10 per 100 pages, even in passages regarding his death. Also, as Dr. Demento suggested, where's the index!?!?
If you can get past that, you'd surely enjoy the book.