Simon & Garfunkel: The Biography

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9780880641937: Simon & Garfunkel: The Biography

Kingston follows Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their Queens childhood and early days as "Tom and Jerry" to their role in the evolving folk rock scene, through their phenomenal successes in the '60s and '70s, their ultimate break-up, subsequent solo careers, and international reunion tour. of photos.

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Victoria Kingston, a radio host and newspaper columnist, lives in London, England.

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With childlike adoration and prose to match, a British radio host and newspaper columnist has a go at Paul Simon and Art Garfunkels intertwined careers. The two singers were born in 1941 and grew up together in Queens, New York. Billed as Tom and Jerry, they had a minor hit (Hey Schoolgirl) at age 16; after college, as themselves, Simon and Garfunkel cut an indifferently received album in 1964. Simon then went off to England for a few months, where he played the folk circuit and released a solo album; this period receives exhaustive comment here. When an overlooked song, The Sound of Silence, started getting airplay half a year after its release, Simon and Garfunkel suddenly became big stars, which they remained until they broke up in 1970. Nearly all their songs were Simon originals, and Kingston describes them with inadvertently comical doggedness. Sample commentary, on Keep the Customer Satisfied: As he wails, Im so tired, were aware that, at the same time, Paul Simon was indeed tired. While the author spoke to a number of good sources, including Garfunkel, her account is heavily weighted with seldom revelatory quotes from previously published interviews. Kingston scrupulously allots the same tenderly useless song-by-song attention to both the non-songwriting Garfunkels forgettable solo albums and Simons sophisticated, self-penned, hit-packed oeuvre. By the same token, One Trick Pony, the abysmal film Simon wrote and starred in, is treated as politely as Garfunkels entirely more reputable acting credits, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, and Bad Timing. Kingston trails the pair through their initially triumphant early '80s reunion concerts and the sessions for the intended Simon and Garfunkel album that became a Simon solo project when the reunion fizzled. Why did that happen? As throughout, the authors worshipful distance combines with both of her subjects admirable disdain for airing dirty laundry to produce only the most glancing insights. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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