Peaceful, Uneasy Feeling
Fire and Rain:
The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970
by David Browne
$26.00 List Price
Reading David Browne’s exhilarating and meticulously researched Fire and Rain, I was reminded of an old Woody Allen stand-up routine about a costume party in which he was about to be hung by the Ku Klux Klan: “My life passed before my eyes. I saw myself . . . swimmin’ in the swimmin’ hole. Fryin’ up a mess o’ catfish. . . . Gettin’ a piece of gingham for Emmy Lou. . . . I realize, it’s not my life.” I lived through the same tumultuous year, 1970, that Browne documents in Fire and Rain and listened to much of the same music, and though our experiences were similar, our recollections are quite different.
But since Browne is a superb chronicler of popular music (author of, among other books, 2008’s Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth) and a fine social historian, I have to give in on most major points.
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