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He Is... I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond

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He Is...I Say examines Neil Diamonds singular place in the pantheon of popular music. David Wild—whos interviewed Diamond for Rolling Stone, penned the liner notes to a number of Diamonds anthologies, and produced Diamonds scandal-free episode of Behind the Music—now dares to turn on his “Heartlight,” offering a moving and often hilarious salute to his own Jewish Elvis, one based on his interviews from over the years with the Solitary Man himself.

An illuminating snapshot of a beloved American icon, He Is...I Say endearingly speaks to the condition of being a Diamondhead in a hipper-than-thou world, while fully illustrating exactly what it is that makes the man and the artist so special.

Review:

"Wild, who's written companion books to the sitcoms Friends and Seinfeld, doesn't pretend to any objectivity on the subject of Neil Diamond — over the years, he's interviewed the singer-songwriter for Rolling Stone, written liner notes for a retrospective box set, even produced an episode of Behind the Music. So this isn't so much a biography as a book-length case of pure, unapologetic fandom that traces every step of Diamond's life, from his childhood in Brooklyn and his rise to fame in the 1960s and '70s to his most recent comeback albums. (Wild is not, however, critically blind; an attempt to watch the film of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, for which Diamond wrote the soundtrack, ends in frustration.) The cutesy references to song titles can get annoying — Wild runs the phrase 'I'm a Believer' as a self-description into the ground — but perceptive insights into the biographical circumstances of Diamond's artistry abound. If you are not a Neil Diamond fan already, this book is not likely to change your mind, but Wild knows he's preaching to the converted: 'If you hate Neil Diamond,' he jokes, 'then you may actually hate yourself.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

One fans personal biographical portrait of the legendary singer-songwriter that speaks to the “condition” of being a Neil Diamond fanatic

Synopsis:

He Is...I Say examines Neil Diamonds singular place in the pantheon of popular music. David Wildwhos interviewed Diamond for Rolling Stone, penned the liner notes to a number of Diamonds anthologies, and produced Diamonds scandal-free episode of Behind the Musicnow dares to turn on his “Heartlight,” offering a moving and often hilarious salute to his own Jewish Elvis, one based on his interviews from over the years with the Solitary Man himself.

An illuminating snapshot of a beloved American icon, He Is...I Say endearingly speaks to the condition of being a Diamondhead in a hipper-than-thou world, while fully illustrating exactly what it is that makes the man and the artist so special.

Synopsis:

Drawing on exclusive interviews with the legend himself, New York Times bestselling author David Wild delivers an intimate portrait of Neil Diamond, the singer-songwriter behind such enduring anthems as “Cherry, Cherry,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “America.” Wild examines Diamond’s singular place in the pantheon of popular music and describes how an introspective kid from Brooklyn went from being a struggling Brill Building songwriter to become a multi-platinum global superstar, the voice of a generation that was never quite “hip,” and the author’s personal, Jewish Elvis.

About the Author

David Wild, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, is a music, film, and television journalist, and an Emmy-nominated television writer. Wild lives in Los Angeles with his Diamond-loving wife and sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306817847
Author:
Wild, David
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
General
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Popular music -- United States.
Subject:
Singers -- United States.
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 11.8 oz

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Product details 224 pages Da Capo Press - English 9780306817847 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wild, who's written companion books to the sitcoms Friends and Seinfeld, doesn't pretend to any objectivity on the subject of Neil Diamond — over the years, he's interviewed the singer-songwriter for Rolling Stone, written liner notes for a retrospective box set, even produced an episode of Behind the Music. So this isn't so much a biography as a book-length case of pure, unapologetic fandom that traces every step of Diamond's life, from his childhood in Brooklyn and his rise to fame in the 1960s and '70s to his most recent comeback albums. (Wild is not, however, critically blind; an attempt to watch the film of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, for which Diamond wrote the soundtrack, ends in frustration.) The cutesy references to song titles can get annoying — Wild runs the phrase 'I'm a Believer' as a self-description into the ground — but perceptive insights into the biographical circumstances of Diamond's artistry abound. If you are not a Neil Diamond fan already, this book is not likely to change your mind, but Wild knows he's preaching to the converted: 'If you hate Neil Diamond,' he jokes, 'then you may actually hate yourself.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
One fans personal biographical portrait of the legendary singer-songwriter that speaks to the “condition” of being a Neil Diamond fanatic
"Synopsis" by ,
He Is...I Say examines Neil Diamonds singular place in the pantheon of popular music. David Wildwhos interviewed Diamond for Rolling Stone, penned the liner notes to a number of Diamonds anthologies, and produced Diamonds scandal-free episode of Behind the Musicnow dares to turn on his “Heartlight,” offering a moving and often hilarious salute to his own Jewish Elvis, one based on his interviews from over the years with the Solitary Man himself.

An illuminating snapshot of a beloved American icon, He Is...I Say endearingly speaks to the condition of being a Diamondhead in a hipper-than-thou world, while fully illustrating exactly what it is that makes the man and the artist so special.

"Synopsis" by ,
Drawing on exclusive interviews with the legend himself, New York Times bestselling author David Wild delivers an intimate portrait of Neil Diamond, the singer-songwriter behind such enduring anthems as “Cherry, Cherry,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “America.” Wild examines Diamond’s singular place in the pantheon of popular music and describes how an introspective kid from Brooklyn went from being a struggling Brill Building songwriter to become a multi-platinum global superstar, the voice of a generation that was never quite “hip,” and the author’s personal, Jewish Elvis.
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