Can You Feel the Silence? by Clinton Heylin
Van Morrison: A New Biography

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This groundbreaking biography of a brilliant but disturbed performer explores the paradox of the man and the artist. Based on more than 100 interviews, this intelligent profile explores Morrison’s roots; the hard times he went through in London, New York, and Boston; the making of his seminal albums such as Moondance and Astral Weeks; and the disastrous business arrangements that left Morrison hungry and penniless while his songs were topping the charts. Detailed are the breakdown of Morrison’s marriage, the creative drought that followed, and his triumphant reemergence. In addition, this biography attempts to explain the forbidding aspects of Morrison's persona, such as paranoia, hard drinking, misanthropy, as well as why, in the words of his onetime singing partner Linda Gail Lewis, Morrison’s music “brings happiness to other people, not him.” Also included is a Van Morrision sessionography that spans 1964 to 2001.
 

About Clinton Heylin

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Clinton Heylin is the author of Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades, Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, Bootleg: The Secret History of the Other Recording Industry, and No More Sad Refrains: The Life and Times of Sandy Denny.
 
Published September 1, 2003 by Chicago Review Press. 576 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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it is a quibble, a long - far too long - and humourless snarl of a book, detailing Morrison's crimes and misdemeanours, his foibles and flaws as if he had singlehandedly bombed Dresden.

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Heylin's weighty new biography of enigmatic music man Van Morrison is an ambitious and prodigiously researched work.

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