More Room in a Broken Heart by Stephen Davis
The True Adventures of Carly Simon

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A love song to an American icon: the first full-length biography of Carly Simon, from an acclaimed music journalist who has known her for decades

Carly Simon has won two Grammys and an Academy Award, and her albums have sold more than forty million copies. She has touched countless lives and is considered an icon in 1970s music, yet her own life story has remained a mystery. Tapping private archives, family interviews, and a forty-year friendship with the legend herself, Stephen Davis at last captures Carly Simon’s extraordinary journey from shy teenager to superstar, covering everything her fans want to know, including:

The real story behind “You’re So Vain” Romances with Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, and Cat Stevens Surviving breast cancer Her recent financial and spiritual crisesAlong the way, Davis vividly takes readers back to some of the most powerful eras in American music history and delivers a tribute worthy of the artist. The updated paperback edition includes two brand-new photos, as well as a note to the reader and selected sources.


 

About Stephen Davis

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STEPHEN DAVIS is one of America’s preeminent rock journalists. His many rock biographies include, most recently, Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend (Gotham Books, 2004) and the New York Times bestsellers Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith and Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga. He lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Gotham Books. 464 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Yet beneath the family’s star-studded exterior remained many deeply rooted problems, including the Simon parents’ infidelities, creating what Carly later described as an “atmosphere of erotica.” While music remains the focus of Davis’ book, the author pays equal attention to the tabloid-like deta...

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Davis knowledgeably fleshes out the early folk scene, when the Simon Sisters, Lucy and Carly—daughters of the co-founder of Simon & Schuster, Dick Simon, and private school–educated young ladies in matching dresses from Riverdale, N.Y.—won their big breakthrough in 1964 playing “Winkin’...

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He gives her a shout-out in Latin at the end (Et bonum quo antiquius eo melius — “and the older a good thing is, the better”) and cites her “almost therapeutic ability to conjure empathy and compassion via the popular ballad.” But no amount of devotion can hide the vacuum at the core of this ess...

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The buzz on More Room in a Broken Heart, Stephen Davis’ unauthorized biography of pop-music staple of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Carly Simon, was pretty bleak, but as a longtime fan of Simon and first husband James Taylor, I felt compelled to take a look at this first attempt to explore her life in book-...

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New York Journal of Books

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“. . . with More Room in a Broken Heart, we hear the ballad of Carly, sung long and sultry, in a voice as crisp as a winter’s night. . . . In short, More Room in a Broken Heart is a very good book indeed.”

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Star Tribune

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Davis' readable, detailed account of the singer-songwriter's life gives her her proper due in the world of music.

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Book Reporter

In MORE ROOM IN A BROKEN HEART, author Stephen Davis tells the life story of the iconic singer-songwriter Carly Simon.

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Macleans

Despite having hits like Anticipation and You’re So Vain, Carly Simon’s appeal has always been mixed up with other, non-musical elements: her troubled marriage to James Taylor, a family background that combined privilege with pain, romances with stars like Warren Beatty and (possibly) Mick Jagger...

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