Hearts of Darkness by Dave Thompson
James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

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(Book). Hearts of Darkness is the story of a generation's coming of age through the experiences of its three most atypical pop stars. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Cat Stevens could never have been considered your typical late-sixties songwriters self-absorbed and self-composed, all three eschewed the traditional means of delivering their songs, instead turning its process inward. The result was a body of work that stands among the most profoundly personal art ever to translate into an international language, and a sequence of songs from "Sweet Baby James" and "Carolina in My Mind," to "Jamaica Say You Will" and "These Days," to "Peace Train" and "Wild World" that remain archetypes not only of what the critics called the singer-songwriter movement, but of the human condition itself. Author Dave Thompson, himself a legend among rock biographers, takes on his subjects with his usual brio and candor, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to shine a light on the dark side of this profoundly earnest era in popular music. Penetrating, pointed, and laced with vivid insight and detail, Hearts of Darkness is the story of rock when it no longer felt the need to roll.
 

About Dave Thompson

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Dave Thompson is one of the leading authorities on all things music. He has published more than 100 books - including the wonderful 1000 Songs That Rock Your World - and is a regular contributor to Goldmine magazine, as well as Rolling Stone. He is currently working on the Standard Catalog of American Records. A prodigious writer, Thompson was ranked as one of the Top 5 biographers by Mojo magazine. His biographies have included works on David Bowie, Deep Purple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, KISS, and many, many more.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Backbeat Books. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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