As an aimless 19-year-old, Clancy met a strange and wonderfully energetic lover of music, Ms. Diane Guggenheim, an American heiress. She had set out to record regional Irish folk music, and her undertaking led to Carrick-on-Suir in the shadow of Slievenamon, "The Mountain of the Women," where Mammie Clancy had been known to carry a tune or two in her kitchen. Guggenheim fell for young Liam and swept him along on her travels through the British Isles, the American Appalachians, and finally Greenwich Village.
In the heady atmosphere of the Village, Clancy's life was a party filled with music, sex, and McSorley's. His friendships with then-unknown artists such as Bob Dylan, Maya Angelou, and Pete Seeger form the backdrop of the charming adventures of a small-town boy making it big in the biggest of cities.
In music circles, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem are known as the Beatles of Irish music. The band's music plays on in jukeboxes in pubs and bars, in living rooms of folk music fans, and in Irish American homes throughout the country. Liam Clancy's lively memoir captures their wild adventures on the road to fame and fortune, and brings to life a man who never lets himself off the hook for his sins, and happily views his success as a blessing.
©2002 Liam Clancy; (P)2002 Random House Inc.
"Entertaining...mirthful and funny...filled with fascinating sketches and portraits of the incredible arts scene in New York and Boston." (Publishers Weekly)
"An endearing and lively memoir." (Booklist, starred review)
It's a very big treat to have Liam Clancy read this himself, with his enjoyable brogue. There are short songs in between sections. His story is interesting in all parts. He grew up in a poor family and seems to remember a lot of vivid detail. He recounts how he came to the U.S. and some of the early stages of his career. His descriptiveness throughout is wonderful.
I have not read the print version but I would have to assume that most definitely the audio version would be better.
It was absolutely wonderful getting to hear Liam Clancy narrate his story.
I loved the songs throw in a bonus as well.
Well it is like other autobiographies that I've read in some ways because it is about an immigrant coming to New York in part.
But since each person's life is different and each person has their own story that makes it uniquely there's. so
When his mom is recounting the death of his sister me was one of thMay.
Also when they went home to see their father.
I can't believe that I have not listen to this book or known about it until now.
It was definitely well worth the listen.
I would have loved to of heard Mr. Clancy narrate other books because he did a wonderful job.
It is too bad that he is no longer with us.
This is a book that I will most definitely be listening to again many times in the future.
Mountain is everything you want in an audiobook. A great tale (as fascinating as it is true) in the voice of the author, who is one of the all time great Irish performers. It is a touching and entertaining way to remeber and cherish Liam and the perfromer's craft.
Hearing this book read in the rich brogue of Liam Clancy really makes it perfect. He knew how to enthrall an audience and could capture a full range of emotions for the listener.
Liam's mother, as voiced by Liam, conveys the tenderness and love they shared and has a bittersweet edge which will stay with you.
Most poignant were Clancy's memories of his childhood in impoverished 40's-50's Ireland. As the autobio progressed, however, my regard for Clancy as a moral Irish country boy also lost its virginity as his character slipped into decline. Having Clancy narrate the audiobook is priceless, however, and the bits of original music are powerful and moving. Although I was personally disappointed in Clancy's discarding of his Irish upbringing, I can't deny that this is a compelling book.
This is a wonderful listen. Liam Clancy's Irish brogue is like music to your ears. His sorty is quite interesting too. It's no Angela's Ashes, but very enjoyable.
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