Another Rock And Roll Book
PG read Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970. The long form title sums up the book. 1970 was the year PG turned 16, and heard some of these stories as they happened. It was fun to hear them again, with a few details added.
This is a fun book. The only problem is the finger wagging attitude about drug use. There was plenty of that… none of these eleven men liked to say no. And if amplifiers could run on attitude, then rock promoters would never pay a power bill.
The biggest names, to fall the furthest, would be John, Paul, George, and Ringo. It was obvious, to those who wanted to see, that the fab four were finished. The Let it be sessions, and the movie that resulted, had been highly unpleasant. On December 31, the men Paul paid to do things sent out lawyer letters to the men John, George, and Ringo paid to do things. The lawyers had lots of billable hours in the next few years.
Simon and Garfunkel never really liked each other, but had a good working relationship. Bridge over troubled water was the last time they could stomach being in the studio together. In 1970, Arthur played in movies, while Paul sulked and planned a solo album. The breakup was never formally announced. The pair got together for select concerts, but never was the force they had been in 1967.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young had an exciting year. They played a show in Denver, which Neil walked out of. The band nearly broke up, only to be revived by management threatening lawsuits. CSNY made big money from shows, which their drug dealers appreciated. This was not a band so much as an all star act. It was always a struggle to balance the egos. They played again after 1970, and may indeed do more shows together. The fact they are all alive in 2012 is a miracle.
James Taylor is a solo act, and cannot have a breakup. Unless you count the pieces of his personality, in which case the band unity is as remarkable as the three other acts. Mr. Taylor made a movie, courted Joni Mitchell, and took heroin. He wrote the song which graced the title of this book. The runner up was “Why don’t we do it in the road”?
This book is fun to read, and will keep your mind off how long you have been waiting to see the doctor. PG got it at the library, so that price was right. It should make a good gift for someone who is not embarrassed to admit he knows these artists. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”