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

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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 David Browne

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David Browne is the music critic for Entertainment Weekly and author of Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley, which was a finalist for the Ralph J. Gleason Award. A former reporter for the New York Daily News, he has also written for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and New York, among other publications. He lives in Manhattan.
 
Published July 24, 2012 by Da Capo Press. 394 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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That same year, James Taylor, famously a former mental patient, himself strung out, issued Sweet Baby James, for better or worse, the herald of a softer, more relaxed vibe that would dominate the years ahead.

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The New York Times

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The journalist David Browne recounts the stories behind four famous rock albums made in 1970.

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The Guardian

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The troubadour tradition would be renewed by James Taylor, the soulful junkie son of a professor of medicine whose gentle, lilting songs – including the one that gives the book its title – provided an early focal point for the 1970s singer-songwriter movement.

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NPR

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Music journalist David Browne captures the zeitgeist of 1970 by zeroing in on the unexpected career turns of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in his new book Fire and Rain.

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New York Journal of Books

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“David’s Browne book does a nice job of tying The Beatles, James Taylor, CSNY, and Simon and Garfunkel together: who played on which album, who was friends with who, and so on.

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AV Club

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An author delves into the “neglected” year of 1970 via the music of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and others, but he could use a few more strong ideas.

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Seattle PI

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.

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Chron.com

In Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Bittersweet Story of 1970, David Browne interweaves the stories of the four acts in the title and the landmark albums each released that year: Let It Be, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sweet Baby James and Déjà Vu.

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Portland Book Review

@Lael_Lenehan @melmoes could you make a You Tube Video that way we could post it afterwords?

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Austin Chronicle

Rolling Stone Contributing Editor David Browne uses these four artists and the calendar year 1970 as an organizing device to chronicle capital-R rock music's transition from late 1960s insurrection into early 1970s introspection.

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Chicago Sun Times

In this book cover image released by Da Capo Press, "Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970," by David Browne, is shown.

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My San Antonio

Author and music writer David Browne came of age in the '70s, and he makes a good case that one doesn't get to the much maligned decade's best remembered moments — punk rock, Studio 54, John Belushi-era “Saturday Night Live” or “Star Wars, for that matter — without appreciating 1970.

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Military.com

Browne entered his teens after 1970 lurched out of the tumultuous 1960s, and he writes about the music he loved back then.

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