At 18 I first heard James Taylor in 1970 in a hippy flop house in India. For years I thought. For years I thought I was in love with the pretty American 'chick' whose cassette it was. Now I understand it was the music I was in love with. In 1986 I saw JT in concert in London and with the advance in technology he sounded better live than on record. In Oct. 2003 I saw Crosby, Stills and Nash in Aruba. How come David Browne didn't mention that gig? No matter, I've got the pics. This is book is a great listen and like the music I'll listen to it again and...
Listening to this book was a journey back in time. Much info about the groups discussed and the songs they wrote and sang. When the narrator would read about the songs of the Beatles , CSNY, James Taylor or Simon and Garfunkle, the music would just begin in my head. If you grew up in the 60s and 70s then this is a book for you
Probably not--however, I would listen to other books about the same time period.
Girls Like Us--about Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. It was fascinating to learn about the artists and how their lives and careers intertwined.
I was a junior in high school in 1970, growing up in a small town. I listened to and enjoyed the songs on the radio. But I wasn't really into the music as much as others, so didn't follow the artists at the time and didn't know the extent of their troubled relationships. What I found fascinating in listening to the book were the historical events--Charles Manson, Vietnam, Kent State, etc.--that were included as a backdrop to what was happening with these groups and solo artists.
for someone who has little time, to indulge in a reading passion, this was a good beginning for audible books. Interesting to me who lived through the times. Nice voice and inflection, thanks.
For at least 2 generations, the flower children and the 'me's, 1970 was a watershed year, and David Browne's fascinating book takes us back there. I kept pausing the narrative to race off to listen to the music again and again. I felt it had some flaws in the storytelling style, however. There were narrative jumps and pivots that were really jarring - a sort of 'huh? How'd we get here' - rather than neat tie-ins between story lines. The narrator has a pleasant tone and cadence, but I'm not sure I'd seek him out again on purpose. Overall, a very enjoyable and recommended listen.
Maybe by David Browne but not read by Sean runnette
He is very boring to listen to. He ends virtually every sentence in a down note. He is not interested in the material and his execution makes it sounds that way.
While the research that went into this book is impressive, I felt that the overarching message was somewhat of a downer. Everyone who lived through that era and was tuned into the music was aware of the prevalence of drugs and partner-swapping in that culture. That the book focused so heavily on those issues, along with the conflicts between band members, caused the narrative to drag on in places. I found myself anxiously awaiting more positive stories or anecdotes. Sadly, that did not come until near the end. I got the impression that Browne was fairly young in 1970. Perhaps not having experienced that time period as a young adult, he became more intrigued by the flaws in the characters than in the happier aspects of their lives and associations.
The narration could have been much more pleasing if done by a more dynamic reader. I felt that the material deserved a reader who is enthusiastic about rock music. Sean Runnette is a good reader of general history, but, in my opinion, this history needed the reader to be in tune with the genre. And the mispronunciations! I have listened to several books read by him and tolerated many of his mispronunciations of science terminology, but for him to mispronounce names of well-known people is inexcusable for a reader of his scope. Granted, Laura Nyro and Jorma Kaukonen were not "major" stars, but if he did not know for sure how to pronounce their names, he owes it to his listeners to look them up before reading the book.
Lest I have discouraged other listeners, let me say that I did enjoy the book and I am glad I bought it. I will probably listen to it again, in time. After you listen to the book, go listen to the music, and be reminded that a lot of incredible things came out of all that turmoil and conflict.
A history of that year and the interaction music had with the social issues at that time was completely intertwined for me as teenager at that time. Remembering all the unrest in the nation and the music seemed to match the feeling of the youth. If you are in your 50's or older you will relate to this book. I think the younger generation will be lost if they listen although it would be good for them to see how music influenced us. If you love rock &roll listen to this book
Music me and the Mob or the Wrecking crew.
Yes but did not have the time
This brought back many memories of my youth. I was 11 years old that year and music was playing a major part of my consciousness. I would read books in the back yard listening to CSN's first album. I loved the song Guinevere and Abby road was my first album I ever owned.
I think the author was right on in the end when he commented that today there are to many things that interfere with music listening like video games and access to instant movies. Music was all we had in those days and three channels of TV so the music shaped a generation.
Not so today! We worshipped these musicians
I wouldn't listen to another spoken version musical history by David Browne.
Mr. Browne was describing multiple artists using a chronological order. So as he went through the time period he jumped from artist to artist. Perhaps in the book there was a heading or some other way to indicate a change coming, but on the audible format you have no indication that a change has occurred...after awhile it becomes annoying to suddenly realized he has jumped to another performer/group when a name gets mentioned. "Oh", you think, "James Taylor didn't do that, it was Neil Young".
The story was also rather depressing - I wanted to know more details but wasn't prepared for the downer this story would become.
Not necessarily - maybe other authors have organized their books differently.
The book is an interesting overview of the paths of several artists in the music field, and how they variously came to crossroads of their careers in the year 1970. The book's thesis is that this was a watershed year for these artists, and how extraordinary was that. But I feel the author stretches awfully hard to make events fit his premise. Still, an interesting collection of the arc of these artists' careers.
Perhaps only in the sense of being cautious of how much more there is to say about the period.
The narrator reads very well. However he makes a grave error (perhaps the error of the producer) in attempting a range of accents to portray various characters in the book. While it might not bother most people, his attempts at various UK accents - English, Scots - are all, in fact, Irish. Which is only distracting if you know the difference or care. For myself, it's similar to Joey, on the sitcom Friends, thinking his pseudo-Jamaican accent is, in fact, Southern US. It simply pulls you away from the text. But only if you care about such minutiae.
If it were able to document on film or video some of what it presents as fact, or have the artists in question interviewed and enlarging on those ideas.