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

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Set against a backdrop of world-changing historical and political events, Fire and Rain tells the extraordinary story of one pivotal year in the lives and music of four legendary artists, and reveals how these artists and their songs both shaped and reflected their times. Drawing on interviews, rare recordings, and newly discovered documents, acclaimed journalist David Browne "allows us to see--and to hear--the elusive moment when the '60s became the '70s in a completely fresh way" (Mark Harris, author of Pictures at a Revolution).

About the Author

David Browne is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of three previous books, including Goodbye 20th Century. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

Named one of the Best Rock Books of the Year” by Rolling Stone

Kirkus Reviews
Through the lens of four fabulously successful musical acts, a Rolling Stone contributing editor looks at the moment 1960s idealism began surrendering to the buzz-kill comedown of the decade aheadA vivid freeze-frame of Hall of Fame musicians, some of whom would go on to make fine records, none ever again as central to the culture.”

This juicy, fascinating read transports you back to a turbulent yearBrowne artfully describes the creation of these classic songs in a way that makes them seem brand-new.”

New York Daily News
Through rich anecdotes and incisive analysisthe book threads traces of politics, but music remains its worthy focus. The form of the book, told chronologically over four seasons, lends it the compacted, real-time drama of an episode of 24’.”

New York Post
Behind-the-scenes, fly-on-the-wall looks at [the artists] make it a worthwhile read.”

Associated Press
"Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 is a worthy addition to anyone's collection of such music historiesthe nuanced account of the struggles inherent in making music is more than enough to satisfy, as are the delightful surprise connections and asides scattered throughout the book. . . . I couldn't help but be riveted by the account of this group of immensely talented people who also, when they weren't at each other's throats, seemed like they'd be cool to hang out with.”

Entertainment Weekly
A Best New Summer Read”

Chicago Reader
Its principal task is to dive into the 60s hangover on a day-to-day level, describing the tensions that drove U.S./UK rock cultureemblematized by the four artists in the subtitletoward the sweet, consoling embrace of Let It Be, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sweet Baby James, and Deja Vu, Browne renders this somnambulant period with such care that he makes it seem alive.”

Highly readable shifts between the key points smoothly. He unearths some little-told stories along the way.”

It wasn’t obvious as it was happening, but, as David Browne shows in Fire and Rain, 1970 turned out to be a watershed year in popular music. Browne’s engrossing account of this fertile but volatile period sets the standard by which comprehensive musical histories should be judged.”

Library Journal
Browne engagingly illuminates many overlooked stories that may not be familiar to even dedicated rock enthusiasts. Highly recommended.”
An irresistible page-turner, a gossipy, scholarly account of an explosive rock moment, as organized as the times were chaotic as well-crafted as a Beatles tune. The book is a brilliant lens on a time you only thought you knew.”

St. Petersburg Times
If you liked Life, then try Fire and Rain.”
Totally entertainingThere are drugs, love affairs and infighting behind the music, a story Browne smartly sets against the backdrop of a culture emerging from the turbulent 60’s. I can’t say I’m a big music person, but I was hooked from the minute I opened it.”

The big picture that Browne paints throughout Fire and Rain, is a thoroughly fascinating and entertaining one.”

Music Tap
Compelling new tome By placing the music in the context of time, but never letting the time overwhelm the subject of his book, Browne strips away that mythic quality of each release and makes them seem fresh and new again.”

Blurt! Magazine
[An] interesting and sometimes surprisingly informative book.”

Boston Globe
AbsorbingBrowne avoids sentimentality and nostalgia, aiming instead at a fresh look at the bands and their milieu. Some of the period details are almost astonishingly apt.”
David Browne's masterfully researched and written Fire And Rain is the sort of book that should have come along much sooner than it actually did[A] compelling, thought provoking readFascinating.”

New York Times
As a reporter [Browne] is dogged and earnest; as a profile writer, crisp and professional. As Fire and Rain” jaunts from London to Laurel Canyon, Mr. Browne drops in memorable detailsvery readable.”

People Magazine
A fascinating look at a pivotal year in the lives of James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.”
Browne is an incredibly intelligent writerHis considerable narrative skills make Fire and Rainone of the most entertaining and informative books of the year. It's bound to be enjoyed not only by rock fans, but by anyone interested in popular culture and social change.”

New York Magazine
[A] juicy history of 1970 in rock.”

Miami Herald
[An] intriguing new bookFire and Rain works as a history lesson but is foremost a fast-paced music fan’s appreciation of the brilliance of that era’s artists.”

San Antonio Express News
One of the truly great rock books.”

Christian Science Monitor
Dishes the drama and details how it all went down”

Record Collector (UK)
Browne is an excellent writer and tells this story very well.”

Metro (UK)

Demetri Martin
It’s a fun read”

Financial Times
[Browne’s] attention to detail lends this compelling book a depth and richness rarely found in rock biography.”

Cityview Magazine
Browne has penned a classic.”

Eminently readable.Browne’s engrossing account of this fertile but volatile period sets the standard by which comprehensive musical histories should be judged.”

Vineyard Gazette
A social commentary, a fan’s look, an evolution of a generation and an up-close view of backstage dynamics in the music business, it’s also a book that will revive personal and social memories for anyone who ever lived their life to these songs.”
Both fresh and revelatory Browne's work reminds me of the late Otto Friedrich's classic book about Hollywood in the 1940s, City of Nets.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780306820724
ISBN-10: 0306820722
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Pages: 369
Language: English