Neil Diamond Is Forever: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music

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In the world of pop music, no one compares with Neil Diamond, the most enduringly popular solo artist alive. This photo-filled book captures the glamour and grit of this singular performer from his early success to his latest chart-topping albums and tours. Illustrated with all manner of mementos and collectibles?concert programs and posters, 45 singles, and ticket stubs dating back to Diamond?s 1966 hits ?Solitary Man? and ?Cherry Cherry??the book features a full discography, as well as commentary from admiring ...

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Overview

In the world of pop music, no one compares with Neil Diamond, the most enduringly popular solo artist alive. This photo-filled book captures the glamour and grit of this singular performer from his early success to his latest chart-topping albums and tours. Illustrated with all manner of mementos and collectibles—concert programs and posters, 45 singles, and ticket stubs dating back to Diamond’s 1966 hits “Solitary Man” and “Cherry Cherry”—the book features a full discography, as well as commentary from admiring musicians and those who’ve had hits with Diamond’s songs (the Monkees, UB40, Lulu, Urge Overkill, and more).

At the book’s heart is the story of Diamond’s life, a narrative drawn from exclusive interviews the author conducted with the brooding, introspective, and somewhat mysterious singer-songwriter beginning in 1976. The result is the most complete and captivating portrait of this incomparable artist ever to emerge, one that captures and celebrates as never before Neil Diamond the solitary man and the superstar.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Neil Diamond is Forever... And With Good Reason”

“There’s a very spirited argument running through my head as to whether Neil Diamond is Forever should be published as a book critique or a music review. This beautiful hardbound monster of a book came in the customary brown mailing envelope and the moment it emerged from hiding, music began flowing through my head. Music more clear than any CD could possibly produce and more vivid than any photograph or painting. From the moment you open this volume until hours after its last page is viewed, Neil Diamond’s music will flow flawlessly through your mind…

“As each page turns you find a new image of a career that has spanned decades - and deservedly so. It’s a book that has to be read twice because you don’t want words to distract from the beautifully reproduced images and the music that can’t leave your mind. “I’ll read it after I check out more of the pictures,” you’ll tell yourself. Fat chance…

“And the story of a young delivery boy who made it good in the big city, and then the country, and then the world goes on from there, but it’s the pictures that make this book a worthy addition to any Neil Diamond fan’s collection.

“Jon Bream has done a great job of building this 8.5 x 11 inch hardbound collection and it is a testament to just how well the author knows his subject. Within its 160 pages you’ll find 225 huge color and 81 black & white photos leaving you with the impression that there can’t possibly be a single photo of Neil that isn’t contained in this volume. The story of Neil’s life and career is inspiring and noteworthy because of its many triumphs and its longevity…I highly recommend this book and it holds an honored place on my shelf.” - Blog Critics

“This book is a must-have for all serious Neil Diamond fans. Not only is it collector's item quality, it is loaded with never-before-seen photos of Neil and other memorabilia. The author provides a fair, accurate and meaningful tribute to the artist who has earned the adoration of life-long fans worldwide, much of which comes from the author's own interviews with Neil. It was a delightful and entertaining read, and a charming view of a career that has enjoyed exceeding success.

”The parts I loved the most were the quotes from Neil, the posters from Japan and Thailand, and the layout of the the memorabilia and quotes from Neil's peers. I caught myself laughing out loud at some of Neil's quotes. He DOES, after all, have a magnificent way with words, does he not?

”Rating for this book: . . . A+ . . . definitely a must-have for serious fans.” - I Am, I Said (Neil Diamond Message Board)

Dallas Observer

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2009/12/literary_christmas_bonus_music.php

Like the artist himself, even the title of this biography is overblown. And at only 160 pages, this volume could hardly be called definitive. But author Jon Bream does a good job summarizing Diamond's continued mass appeal over that span. And with a bevy of high quality photos included within, this quick study is the perfect bathroom book for dads around the globe.

“…a lavish collection bound to please Diamond devotees.” – Miami Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760336755
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Bream, the award-winning critic of the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1975, has the second longest tenure of any current daily newspaper pop-music critic in the United States. His work has appeared everywhere from the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times to Rolling Stone and TV Guide. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Bream is the author of the bestselling biographies Prince: Inside the Purple Reign (1984) and Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time (2008). Visit www.jonbream.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Neil Diamond Coffe table book is wonderful

    I enjoyed reading this book and especially enjoyed the vast number of pictures. I'm a long time Neil Diamond fan and truly loved this book

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