Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970

Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970

by David Browne
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Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 by David Browne

January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on Let It Be; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up Déjà Vu; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling Bridge Over Troubled Water; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who’s just completed Sweet Baby James. Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives—and the world around them—will change irrevocably. Fire and Rain tells the story of four iconic albums of 1970 and the lives, times, and constantly intertwining personal ties of the remarkable artists who made them. Acclaimed journalist David Browne sets these stories against an increasingly chaotic backdrop of events that sent the world spinning throughout that tumultuous year: Kent State, the Apollo 13 debacle, ongoing bombings by radical left-wing groups, the diffusion of the antiwar movement, and much more.


Featuring candid interviews with more than 100 luminaries, including some of the artists themselves, Browne's vivid narrative tells the incredible story of how—over the course of twelve turbulent months—the '60s effectively ended and the '70s began.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306818509
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David Browne is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of three books: Dream Brother (2001), Amped (2004), and Goodbye 20th Century (2008). He also contributes to the New York Times, NPR, and other outlets. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Prologue: January 5

Part 1 Winter Into Spring: A Song That They Sing When They Take to the Highway 25

Part 2 Spring Into Summer: A Feeling I Can't Hide 113

Part 3 Summer Into Fall: Away, I'd Rather Sail Away 187

Part 4 Pall Into Winter: Gone Your Way, Ill Go Mine 253

Epilogue: December 315

Coda: October 2009 327

Acknowledgments 335

Notes and Sources 339

Index 347

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"Browne's engrossing account of this fertile but volatile period sets the standard by which comprehensive musical histories should be judged." —-BookPage

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Fire and Rain 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BookAddictFL More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of any of the bands and/or singers listed in the title, then this is a book for you. Readers follow the descent of the Beatles, the quick rise and fall of CSNY, Simon and Garfunkel's fall and Simon's singular rise, and James Taylor's ascent into the singer/songwriter world of music. We're given glimpses into their personal lives and the way their lives and music tangled together, then came apart. David Browne does occasionally touch upon the politics and social aspects of life in 1970 but this book is mainly about the music of these particular artists. I found it a well-written, relatively unbiased account one of the major turning points in music's history.
Maria Braden More than 1 year ago
The author jumps around too much in his writing. It's not that I couldn't keep up with the information (I mean, really, what's to keep with - nothing new was revealed). It was so fragmented - no glue to hold the story together. I found myself jumping ahead to see if the book was gonna improve. Well, folks, it didn't. Sure wish I'd read the sample before buying. And that's another issue - why the high price for an ebook?!
Ty Martin More than 1 year ago
With great style and incredible detail, Fire and Rain really captivates what most music lovers probably don't realize was a pretty big year...I didn't. With great ease and seamless transitions, you'll be reading about the Beatles then jump to JT then CSNY to Simon & Grafunkel then back again. Music, sex, drugs, and great short sections on the world events that coincided with the making of some real classics. An entertaining and easy read...and count the number of times you say, "wow, I didn't know that!"
Jimm Burrell More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the sample B&N...Well written and extremely interesting. But, it's too much for an ebook. You have gone beyond the tipping point. Sell the book for less than $10 and more folks would buy it...jb
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not know the race of the writer, but to judge by his taste , he is as lilly white as his favorite artists. He seems totally ignorant of black artists and their music in 1970, except to point out that the bassist for CSNY was Afro-American. There are countless soul artists who were great in 1970. Take a pick among the great rhythm and blues artists who excelled that year: ISAAC HAYES , JAMES BROWN, CURTIS MAYFIELD AND IMPRESSIONS, SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE, JACKSON 5. ALSO WHITE SOUL MEN LIKE ROD STEWART AND VAN MORRISON. THERE WAS ALSO MILES DAVIS CREATING A NEW GENRE FUSION. The title is an apt one for the book because it deserves to be set aflame like young men burning their draft cards and then quickly doused so it won't blaze. Don't waste your money on it but instead get ROB KIRKPATRICK'S SUPERIOR BOOK ON 1969. BETTER YET IS TO GET MOONDANCE, THE BEST RECORD OF 1970.
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