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A revelatory account of the life of beloved American music icon, Paul Simon, by the bestselling rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin
To have been alive during the last sixty years is to have lived with the music of Paul Simon. The boy from Queens scored his first hit record in 1957, just months after Elvis Presley ignited the rock era. As the songwriting half of Simon & Garfunkel, his work helped define the youth movement of the '60s. On his own in the '70s, Simon made radio-dominating hits. He kicked off the '80s by reuniting with Garfunkel to perform for half a million New Yorkers in Central Park. Five years later, Simon’s album “Graceland” sold millions and spurred an international political controversy. And it doesn’t stop there.
The grandchild of Jewish emigrants from Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian empire, the 75-year-old singer-songwriter has not only sold more than 100 million records, won 15 Grammy awards and been installed into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice, but has also animated the meaning—and flexibility—of personal and cultural identity in a rapidly shrinking world.
Simon has also lived one of the most vibrant lives of modern times; a story replete with tales of Carrie Fisher, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen, Shelley Duvall, Nelson Mandela, drugs, depression, marriage, divorce, and more. A life story with the scope and power of an epic novel, Carlin’s Homeward Bound is the first major biography of one of the most influential popular artists in American history.
1. Real and Assumed 1
2. The Tailor 6
3. Our Song 17
4. Nowhere to Go but Up! 35
5. Two Teenagers 49
6. The Freedom Criers 62
7. What Are You Searching for, Carlos Dominguez 74
8. The Voice of the Now 88
9. He Was My Brother 102
10. It Means Nothing to Us 120
11. Some Dream of What I Might Be 140
12. Bookends 155
13. So Long Already, Artie 169
14. I'd Rather Be 188
15. That's It, That's That Groove 205
16. Through No Fault of My Own 223
17. Swallowed by a Song 241
18. What Did You Expect? 252
19. These Are the Roots of Rhythm 271
20. I've Got Nothing to Apologize For 291
21. The Whole World Whispering 311
22. Phantom Figures in the Dust 327
23. The Teacher 350
24. See What's Become of Me 368
Illustration Credits 399