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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (704 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Browne Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on Let It Be; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up Déjà Vu; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling Bridge Over Troubled Water; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who's just completed Sweet Baby James. Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives---and the world around them---will change irrevocably.

Fire and Rain tells the story of four iconic albums of 1970 and the lives, times, and constantly intertwining personal ties of the remarkable artists who made them. Acclaimed journalist David Browne sets these stories against an increasingly chaotic backdrop of events that sent the world spinning throughout that tumultuous year: Kent State, the Apollo 13 debacle, ongoing bombings by radical left-wing groups, the diffusion of the antiwar movement, and much more. Featuring candid interviews with more than 100 luminaries, including some of the artists themselves, Browne's vivid narrative tells the incredible story of how---over the course of 12 turbulent months---the '60s effectively ended and the '70s began.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this book for the details that I didn't already know - that was fun. But I'm not a fan of the writing style. It reminded me of a college term paper - lots of properly cited facts with glimpses of creativity. The flow between musical happenings and historical events just didn't gel for me, and I think might be the sequence of the chapters...not sure. In any event it was an ok read, but not as good as many others that cover those great pop/rock/folk music years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/4/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this book. I give it 5 stars for the people who love this music and were young when it first came out, and four stars for those who just like the music. I was a freshman/sophomore in 1970, and so many of these albums were among the first I bought and played over and over again on the stereo, staring into the album covers. The book probably doesn't add much new to what we know about these groups but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I played After the Gold Rush and Harvest this afternoon, had a Simon and Garfunkle fest last Sunday, and it's James Taylor's turn tomorrow..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cwelshhans | 1/25/2014

    " The subjects are among my most favorite groups/singers ever. But because there are so many subjects, it's difficult to get in deep with any of them, although CSNY comes across as the most interesting by far. There also was little by way of a unifying theme of what these groups went through or what they meant. So the book was worth it if you like the groups, but it feels like a series of magazine articles and not a comprehensive book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by PM | 1/4/2014

    " Meh. Some interesting writing about James Taylor but nothing new on The Beatles, and frankly, CSNY and S&G don't belong in this book. Browne should have focused on a few up and coming bands who went on to define the hard rock music of the 1970s (Led Zeppelin comes to mind) providing contrast to Taylor and the slew of "folk rockers" to follow like Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg, etc. It wasn't just the rise of singer/songwriter pablum that made 1970 a turning point in music. "

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About the Author

David Browne is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of Dream Brother, Amped, Goodbye 20th Century, Fire and Rain, and So Many Roads. He also contributes to the New York Times, New Republic, Spin, NPR, and other outlets.