Hearts of Darkness : James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Cat Stevens, and the Unlikely Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-01
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books

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Hearts of Darkness is the story of a generation's coming of age through the experiences of its three most atypical pop stars. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Cat Stevens could never have been considered your typical late-sixties songwriters - self-absorbed and self-composed, all three eschewed the traditional means of delivering their songs, instead turning its process inward. The result was a body of work that stands among the most profoundly personal art ever to translate into an international language, and a sequence of songs - from "Sweet Baby James" and "Carolina in My Mind," to "Jamaica Say You Will" and "These Days," to "Peace Train" and "Wild World" - that remain archetypes not only of what the critics called the singer-songwriter movement, but of the human condition itself. Author Dave Thompson, himself a legend among rock biographers, takes on his subjects with his usual brio and candor, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to shine a light on the dark side of this profoundly earnest era in popular music. Penetrating, pointed, and laced with vivid insight and detail, Hearts of Darkness is the story of rock when it no longer felt the need to roll.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Prologue: But Satisfaction Brought Him Backp. ix
Where the Children Playp. 1
Sweet Baby Jamesp. 13
Before the Delugep. 25
Fire and Rainp. 39
Wild Worldp. 57
Places in My Pastp. 71
Nothing but Timep. 81
Another Saturday Nightp. 97
You Love the Thunderp. 115
Hey Mister, That's Me!p. 127
Silent Sunlightp. 135
Night Owlp. 151
The Cat Came Back (They Thought They'd Seen the Last of It)p. 169
Shaky Townp. 189
On the Road to Find Outp. 205
Under the Falling Skyp. 217
The Blues Is Just a Bad Dreamp. 229
Epilogue: Where Are They Now?p. 245
Discographyp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 301
Notesp. 303
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 317
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