A couple weeks ago, while doing research at my county library, I decided to try something a little different to help me find a book to review. I walked up to the computer and searched “Beatles” in the catalog, hoping to find something I hadn’t heard of to read. That’s how I found – Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970 by David Browne.
One of the hardest things to understand about this book is that the way the book starts, is the way if flows until the end. There really is no climax. But after several chapters, that becomes alright.
The book gives a brief set up to the creation of extraordinary careers of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, before telling their musical highs and lows of 1970. Each of the bands seemed to cross paths along the way, with many of them seeming to mirror what the others were doing, including the dissolution of The Beatles, the break-up of CSNY and the drifting apart of Simon & Garfunkel. David Browne walks you through it all, season by season, from each artists successful album releases that year, through their feuds and to their final demise.
Author David Browne also provides the political back-drop at the time to help the readers who were too young or not born yet to understand the socio-economic changes that were not only successful musicians of the time, but also influencing the beginning of the new decade, including Vietnam, Nixon and the riot at Kent State.
This book was good, but it did leave me wondering if similar books could be written about 1971, 1972 or 1973? And for that reason…
I rate this book, 3 out of 4 Beetles!
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2 responses to “Book Review: “Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970” by David Browne”
It makes sense that 1970 was one of the more significant years of that period–the end of the ’60s, the end of the aforementioned rock groups, etc. I’m not sure if the next few years of the ’70s were as noteworthy, at least in the music world.
Whether it was another year in the 70s or a year in the 60s, 80s or 90s, it would seem to me that others could write similar books. Of course, I wouldn’t be the one to write it…I didn’t know all this was going on in 1970!