Paul Simon: A Life

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Wiley, Sep 23, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
The definitive biography of legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

Paul Simon, one of the country's most popular musicians, has been a dynamic creative force for more than half a century. Now New York Times bestselling biographer Marc Eliot draws on extensive research and original interviews to trace the incredible life and career of this iconic musician. Along the way Eliot examines Simon's early struggles to succeed as a singer-songwriter, the ups and downs of his decades-long collaboration with Art Garfunkel, his at-times obsessive admiration and competitive drive with Bob Dylan, his musical triumphs such as Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland, the spectacular failure of his Broadway musical The Capeman, and much more.

  • The first comprehensive biography of Paul Simon and his music
  • Explores the complex relationship between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel through years of their musical breakups and reunions
  • Reveals personal details, with interviews, of Simon's life away from music
  • Includes dozens of exclusive photographs, several published for the first time

Whether you grew up listening to classic Simon and Garfunkel songs or came to love Paul Simon's music through his solo albums, this highly entertaining biography will give you a new understanding of this talented artist and the many surprising twists and turns of his life and work as a songwriter, a performer, and an icon of Boomer Generation.

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User Review  - nemoman - LibraryThing

A good biography either tells you something you would not have known about the subject, or it adds to the insight you already have. With respect to Paul Simon, this book does neither. First I should ... Read full review

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Definitive? This is a definitive example of how Marc Eliot is a fucking hack. This is a hatchet job. Paul Simon is painted only with dark colors, only the bad side is acknowledged. Everyone has multiple sides, but Marc isn't interested. The most unbalanced bio I've ever read. Avoid this crap and read Victoria Kensington's bio of Simon and Garfunkel. Her book considers the full picture. It is not propaganda. 

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About the author (2010)

MARC ELIOT is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books on popular culture, among them the highly acclaimed biography Cary Grant, the award-winning Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince, and American rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood, plus the music biographies Down Thunder Road: The Making of Bruce Springsteen, To the Limit: The Untold Story of the Eagles, and Death of a Rebel, about Phil Ochs. Visit him at

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