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Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon by [Carlin, Peter Ames]
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"You hold in your hands a book just as epic and fine as "Sound of Silence" or "American Tune." Peter Carlin has gotten it all down, the partnerships, the comedy, the heartbreak and triumph of Paul Simon, who might well be the one who lasts. And it's not just the words it's the music, that is, the sharp clarity of Carlin's writing that keeps the pages flying. The great gift of "Homeward Bound" is to let you hear Paul Simon's great catalog of tunes all over again, as if for the first time."

Rich Cohen, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones "
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"The world of pop music has paraded its own mythologies for decades, insisting that art and business can be separated, that authenticity is the condition of the greats, that politics is as easy as a statement made from a stage. But the truths are different: art and commerce are regularly in unflattering bedroom situations, the greats spend much of their time adjusting masks, and politics only begins with a protest song. The case of Paul Simon, presented here by Peter Ames Carlin with an admirably even tone and unabashed skill, pushes these truths out front." Homeward Bound" is a book you should read if the ruckus you hear behind those soaring melodies is of interest, as it should be."

Warren Zanes, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Petty"
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[A] nuanced, fascinating portrait Carlin expertly tracks Simon's professional career, from the earliest days with Garfunkel when they were finding their footing as performers, through the climax of their career as a band with their 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water, to Simon's solo artistic peak with the 1986 release of Graceland. Simon's music career defies easy categorization much as his relationship with Garfunkel does but in Carlin's portrayal, his legacy as an innovative songwriter and musician is undeniable. An absorbing and layered study of one of the most influential voices in Western popular culture.

Kirkus Reviews"

"You hold in your hands a book just as epic and fine as "Sound of Silence" or "American Tune." Peter Carlin has gotten it all down, the partnerships, the comedy, the heartbreak and triumph of Paul Simon, who might well be the one who lasts. And it's not just the words it's the music, that is, the sharp clarity of Carlin's writing that keeps the pages flying. The great gift of Homeward Bound is to let you hear Paul Simon's great catalog of tunes all over again, as if for the first time."

Rich Cohen, New York Times bestselling author of The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones

"The world of pop music has paraded its own mythologies for decades, insisting that art and business can be separated, that authenticity is the condition of the greats, that politics is as easy as a statement made from a stage. But the truths are different: art and commerce are regularly in unflattering bedroom situations, the greats spend much of their time adjusting masks, and politics only begins with a protest song. The case of Paul Simon, presented here by Peter Ames Carlin with an admirably even tone and unabashed skill, pushes these truths out front. Homeward Bound is a book you should read if the ruckus you hear behind those soaring melodies is of interest, as it should be."

Warren Zanes, New York Times bestselling author of Petty

[A] nuanced, fascinating portrait Carlin expertly tracks Simon's professional career, from the earliest days with Garfunkel when they were finding their footing as performers, through the climax of their career as a band with their 1970 album Bridge Over Troubled Water, to Simon's solo artistic peak with the 1986 release of Graceland. Simon's music career defies easy categorization much as his relationship with Garfunkel does but in Carlin's portrayal, his legacy as an innovative songwriter and musician is undeniable. An absorbing and layered study of one of the most influential voices in Western popular culture.

Kirkus Reviews

"Throughout this highly readable biography Carlin depicts an artist who is tough, smart, uncompromising, audacious, and incredibly talented."

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About the Author

Peter Ames Carlin is a writer and the author of several books, including Bruce, a biography of Bruce Springsteen published in October, 2012. Carlin has also been a free-lance journalist, a senior writer at People in New York City, and a television columnist and feature writer at The Oregonian in Portland. A regular speaker on music, art and popular culture, Carlin lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and three children.

Product details

  • File Size: 5531 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (October 11, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2016
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EROYRFI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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