Van Morrison: No Surrender

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'Rogan's got something to hide. What's he hiding? I'd like to write a book about him' - Van MorrisonReclusive, difficult and enigmatic, Van Morrison is a gifted singer-songwriter and an endlessly complicated man. In VAN MORRISON- NO SURRENDER, Johnny Rogan has produced a provocative and revelatory biography of the musician, analysing the sense of place in his work and the tortuous journey that took him from local fame in Belfast to international success. Set against the cultural and political backdrop of Belfast, before, during and after the Troubles, NO SURRENDER offers a unique and penetrating perspective on Morrison's long career and the times that made him.Over the last five decades, his music has embraced rock, folk, blues, country and jazz, and he remains a hugely influential figure. This definitive study, the product of years of research with scores of new interviews from every stage of his career, is a compelling account of a modern music myth.

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VAN MORRISON: No Surrender

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Nearly breath-by-breath biography of the influential Irish musician who has made a dent in rock, blues, folk, country and jazz.This comprehensiveness is particularly impressive considering that, in ... Read full review

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Very good attempt at a biography of a difficult man although it did leave me wondering if there was actually any point attempting to characterise such an essentially unknowable person. Contains plenty ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Johnny Rogan has been called “Pop’s most eccentric biographer, a fanatical searcher after truth.” He is the author of books on the Byrds, Roxy Music, the Kinks, the Smiths, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and John Lennon. His work has been acclaimed endlessly in print and on radio and television.


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