Fire and Rain
The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970Book - 2011
Depicts the interactions between four groups of famous musicians who each released an iconic album in the year 1970, told against the backdrop of the events of that year, including the Kent State killings and the rescue of Apollo 13.
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.
More than just a new decade, 1970 was the start of a new era, claims Browne. Following the music world's most iconic players who turned out new albums that year, as well as major political headlines, he shows how the tension of these events was marked by upheaval and collapse, and of endings and new beginnings. It was the year of Kent State, the Manson trials, the Beatle's and Simon and Garfunkel breakups, and the emergence of James Taylor. In a poignant visit to 1970, Browne takes the reader on a musical, albeit turbulent, trip from January through December helplessly hoping to remember better days. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Depicts the music, tours, lives, tensions and intertwined personal ties between a group of extraordinary musicians including The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and James Taylor against the backdrop of the events of 1970 including the Kent State killings and Apollo 13 scare.
The story of four landmark albums of 1970, tracing the musical, political, and cultural changes of the time.