Hearts of Darkness: James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter [NOOK Book]

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(Book). Hearts of Darkness is the story of a generation's coming of age through the experiences of its three most atypical pop stars. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Cat Stevens could never have been considered your typical late-sixties songwriters self-absorbed and self-composed, all three eschewed the traditional means of delivering their songs, instead turning its process inward. The result was a body of work that stands among the most profoundly personal art ever to translate into an international language, and a sequence of songs from
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Overview

(Book). Hearts of Darkness is the story of a generation's coming of age through the experiences of its three most atypical pop stars. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Cat Stevens could never have been considered your typical late-sixties songwriters self-absorbed and self-composed, all three eschewed the traditional means of delivering their songs, instead turning its process inward. The result was a body of work that stands among the most profoundly personal art ever to translate into an international language, and a sequence of songs from "Sweet Baby James" and "Carolina in My Mind," to "Jamaica Say You Will" and "These Days," to "Peace Train" and "Wild World" that remain archetypes not only of what the critics called the singer-songwriter movement, but of the human condition itself. Author Dave Thompson, himself a legend among rock biographers, takes on his subjects with his usual brio and candor, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to shine a light on the dark side of this profoundly earnest era in popular music. Penetrating, pointed, and laced with vivid insight and detail, Hearts of Darkness is the story of rock when it no longer felt the need to roll.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458471390
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 275,176
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Prologue: But Satisfaction Brought Him Back ix

1 Where the Children Play 1

2 Sweet Baby James 13

3 Before the Deluge 25

4 Fire and Rain 39

5 Wild World 57

6 Places in My Past 71

7 Nothing but Time 81

8 Another Saturday Night 97

9 You Love the Thunder 115

10 Hey Mister, That's Me! 127

11 Silent Sunlight 135

12 Night Owl 151

13 The Cat Came Back (They Thought They'd Seen the Last of It) 169

14 Shaky Town 189

15 On the Road to Find Out 205

16 Under the Falling Sky 217

17 The Blues Is Just a Bad Dream 229

Epilogue: Where Are They Now? 245

Discography 257

Acknowledgments 301

Notes 303

Bibliography 313

Index 317

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

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    Hearts of Darkness:James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Cat Stevens

    Hearts of Darkness:James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Cat Stevens The Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter by Dave Thompson
    The cover got to me because I grew up with James Taylor, Jackson Browne,
    and Cat Stevens. Love their music even to this day I search for them on XM radio.
    Everything from why their names were changed, moving and the instruments they played and the music revolution.
    Record companies, the politics and the signing, not knowing what you were really signing away, who you were friends with and the travel, places near and far and who were there. The bands and recollection of things happening all made the music we listen to today.
    Love reading about the refeeneces to the Newport Folk Festival as it's only 15 minutes from my house.
    Always interesting to find out how and why and who the songs were written about.
    Adult book because of the swearing words.
    Love the epilogue, tells you where they are now
    And the very detailed discography.

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