He Is . . . I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond

He Is . . . I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond

by David Wild

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786726929
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,024,716
File size: 291 KB

About the Author

David Wild, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, is a music, film, and television journalist, and an Emmy-nominated television writer. Wild lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Opening Act, Coming to America, More Specifically North Jersey ix

Song Sung 1 I'm a Believer 1

Song Sung 2 Brooklyn Roads, and a Few Other Side Streets 27

Song Sung 3 Street Life 41

Song Sung 4 Solitary Man Seeks Office Work 53

Song Sung 5 Cherry, Cherry and Twenty-four Other Ways to Move Me 67

Song Sung 6 A Song Sung Blue on Glory Road 85

Song Sung 7 Lost Between Two Shores and Found on a Hot August Night 99

Song Sung 8 Of Being and Bird Droppings 113

Song Sung 9 Hello Again 127

Song Sung 10 Amazed and Confused 145

Song Sung 11 Gold Don't Rust 163

Song Sung 12 Hell Yeah 179

Encore: I Believe in Happy Endings 193

Acknowledgments 203

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He Is . . . I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ANONWZAWMN More than 1 year ago
No matter where you are, once the first few notes of a Neil Diamond song is in the air, people from teen-agers to senior citizens begin to hum, tap a foot or break into song. In David Wild's homage to Neil Diamond he brings a tremendous amount of gravitas and information. All Neil Diamond fans will simply immerse themselves in the narrative of this biography, that really is an adjunct to the singer, song-writer, actor and concert performer's lyrics and music. This book is as delightful as any of Mr. Diamond's songs. REVIEWER BARBARA LIPKIEN GERSHENBAUM
miriamparker on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It's not a secret that I adore Neil Diamond, so obviously when I saw this book staring out at me from the new releases table, I had to buy it. It's kind of a silly book, not unlike the man himself, but if you like Neil, it will make you smile. If you don't...well...probably you should go elsewhere.
DLB2 More than 1 year ago
To begin,... reading the "Opening Act" of this book will likely require a good Yiddish dictionary close at hand. Even my husband, who is Jewish, was lost on some of the "Yiddishisms" in the first pages of the book but we muddled through and I was actually proud that I knew some of them without his help. For those of the non-Yiddish persuasion though, rest assure, these terms become fewer in the remaining chapters of the book. Now to the content...the author, David Wild, openly admits that he is an adoring fan of Mr. Diamond and as one reads on one has no doubt in believing that. He glorifies Diamond to such an extent that you almost begin to think he has a stalker mentality. How funny it was then to see on page 99 that Mr. Wild even made reference to stalking, but clearly denied that he was, in fact, stalking Neil when he re-located to the west coast, as Neil had done previously himself. In spite of Wild's zealous enthusiasm this was a good read, but then, I am a fan of Mr. Diamond myself. I, too, have been a fan of Diamond way back to the days of "Thank The Lord For The Night Time", "I Am, I Said", and "Shiloh", then on through the days of "Love On The Rocks", "Summer Love", "Heartlight" and beyond. As much as I have loved these songs and felt the rhythms and lyrics this book made me want to pull out the old vinyls and discs in my collection and discover the lyrics of Diamond anew; to examine them with a new set of eyes. People of so many ages love Diamond but I think too many get caught up in the melodies and blindly sing along without listening to the heart of his words. The man has heart and soul and Mr. Wild was able to spark an interest in me to find the deeper meaning to the songs I have loved for so long. As Wild closed his book he writes "They say you should never meet your childhood heros. They are wrong." I was glad to hear that the man he believed Diamond to be, and the man I felt I had come to know in my own casual love for him over the years, is, in fact, the man that exists. There's a certain comfort in that. DLB2