Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story

( 3 )

Overview

He was one of the most beloved performers in music history, a spokesman of the people and poet laureate to cab drivers, housewives, and commonfolk alike.

Taxi is the definitive biography of Harry Chapin, written by his long-time friend and confidant.

Chapin was an unsung hero, a modern-day Woody Guthrie. The recognition due him was late in coming. Awards are being given to Chapin in his death that he should ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $55.44   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$55.44
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(273)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$65.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(164)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

He was one of the most beloved performers in music history, a spokesman of the people and poet laureate to cab drivers, housewives, and commonfolk alike.

Taxi is the definitive biography of Harry Chapin, written by his long-time friend and confidant.

Chapin was an unsung hero, a modern-day Woody Guthrie. The recognition due him was late in coming. Awards are being given to Chapin in his death that he should have received while he lived. His music, his beliefs, and his social activism are finally being appreciated.

Most of the world will remember Chapin for the "Story Song; ' the musical genre he popularized in one of his most famous songs, "Taxi". His unique appeal could be felt in concerts, for it was there that the real and dynamic Chopin emerged. His penchant for audience participation was his trademark.

His performances often ended with tumultuous standing ovations; when the audience quieted down Chapin would stand center stage and give a short speech about his commitments. Often people drove hundreds of miles to hear him, making him one of the highest paid performers in the world.

Even so, due to his selfless humanity and indefatigable interest in social causes, Chapin did not leave much money behind when he died. His involvement with world hunger helped spur widespread interest. He lobbied in Congress to endorse a Presidential Commission on world hunger. It was no coincidence that after his death 30 congressmen and 10 senators rose on the floor of the House to offer eulogies.

Ironically it was the automobile, the very thing that made him famous in the song"Taxi, "which took his life. He died on the Long Island Expressway when his car burst into flames after being hit by a truck.

"The immediate response to Chapin's death in the media and among his fans was truly overwhelming, ' wrote David Marsh of Rolling Stone. "It was as if he reached out and touched lives in a permanent and irrevocable way", HIS albums sold out in record stores. Throughout the country, people who held tickets for his remaining tour dates refused to surrender them.

On the day of his death, thirty thousand fans were gathered in Eisenhower Park's Lakeside Theater on Long Island to hear Chapin's concert. Suddenly, a voice came over the public address system: "The concert has been cancelled because of the tragic death of Harry Chapin". The majority of fans remained.

A few days later the theater was renamed the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806521916
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Peter M. Coan has captured the essence, the energy and the music

    Peter M. Coan has captured the essence, the energy and the musical magic that was Harry Chapin. This is a definite "can't put it down" read for EVERY Chapin fan - casual or fanatic. Mr. Coan reveals both the dreams AND the demons that drove Harry to attempt and accomplish more in his carreer than anyone else before or since. This book shows that despite adverse environments, hostile critics, the "typical" B.S. associated with the record industry and as many failures as successes that one man CAN make a difference. Read this and then read it AGAIN - you get more through repetition and this could be considered a guideline for any activist looking for inspiration. Broken down by song titles, the chapters bring to light Harry's formative years, family struggles and early musical ( and personal ) successes and failures. The further into this book you get, the more important it is to finish it - despite the tragic outcome of Harry's untimely death. Buy the book - buy TWO ( give one to a friend - I do ) and then listen to the music that provided the vehicle for Harry Chapin to become America's true troubador - marching uphill to his own beat and fighting to beat the odds against ending world hunger; it all STARTED here, and maybe - just MAYBE his story will make YOU or someone you know decide to stand up and make a difference. "I wonder what would happen to this world....." 

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    Touching story of real life hero

    Coan's pesentation of Harry Chapin reveals was such a gifted but flawed individual. Such a sensitive but bull-headed visionary. We need more like him.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2001

    A MUST HAVE

    Excellent book. A must have for every Chapin fan.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)