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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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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 (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Not a bad book but definitely thin on subject matter. A lot of info about dates of past concerts, some on Diamond's personal life but this book did not do much to get into the heart of what a biography of a celebrity should be. I didn't see much real factual subject matter that would make me feel I had read a true biography of a famous life. Interesting, I'll give it, thorough work, I would not suggest.
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It was a very detailed book on the music life of Neil Diamond interwoven with some personal aspects of his life. The book only reported up to 2004 which I didn't realize when I purchased it.
It is well written.
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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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It was interesting reading about his passion and his life, but I became tired for him. Judging someone's dreams and goals in life is not something I care to do; we are what we are - what God, circumstances in life, and our DNA/genes created. I admire his energy, determination, stamina, passion and whatever else it took to reach his goal, which I believe he has achieved, and have never read a negative review about him or his performances. His monetary gift to Texas was great. People seem to love him wherever he goes It was interesting to read about his travels and he must have a world of knowledge in his head.
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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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