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?Steve Goodman wrote “Good mornin America, how are ya” into the nations consciousness, becoming one of the most respected singer/songwriters of the 1970s and early 80s. With warmth and wit, he charmed better-known peers, top critics, and countless fans. Yet this 5-foot-2 troubadour nearly lost his chance at adult life. Diagnosed with leukemia at age 20, Goodman kept it a secret for 16 years as he sang for a generation that assumed it would live forever. This biography scrutinizes a theme that Goodman knew all too well: when death is imminent, we grasp that life is about connecting with others. Goodmans childhood, the untold full story of “City of New Orleans,” his launching by the unlikely duo of Kris Kristofferson and Paul Anka, his teaming with “wild and crazy” Steve Martin for more than 200 shows, his landmark recordings and two Grammy awards all get extensive attention in this biography. The book delves into his personal and professional life, drawing on over 850 original interviews with Goodmans family, childhood and adult friends, and a diversity of celebrities. “From the cradle to the crypt, its a mighty short trip,” Goodman wrote in a song shortly before his 1984 death. This biography verifies that the universality of his work — hilarious, political, romantic, or all three rolled into one — resonates deeply in todays musical firmament.

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Intimate and touching, this biography captures the warmth and wit of Steve Goodman, one of the most respected songwriters of the 1970s and early 1980s. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 20, this portrait tells how Goodman strove to be a model husband and father while juggling experimental medical treatments with a career he found irresistible. Often strained for commercial success, Goodman found solace in performances for audiences from the tens to the tens of thousands. Drawing from more than 850 interviews—including those with family members, Jimmy Buffett, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson, Studs Terkel, Roger Ebert, and Carl Reiner—this book verifies the universality of his work, replete with Goodman’s themes on the fleeting nature of human existence. A 17-song tribute CD is included.

About the Author

Clay Eals is the author of Every Time a Bell Rings. He is a writer for the Portland Oregonian and an editor of publications for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781550227321
Author:
Eals, Clay
Publisher:
ECW Press
Selected by:
Terkel, Studs
Selected:
Terkel, Studs
Introduction:
Guthrie, Arlo
Foreword by:
Guthrie, Arlo
Foreword:
Guthrie, Arlo
Author:
Terkel, Studs
Author:
Guthrie, Arlo
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
Singers -- United States.
Subject:
Composers -- United States.
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
No Series Information required
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page color section, Includes CD
Pages:
778
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 1.85 in 3.99 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Intimate and touching, this biography captures the warmth and wit of Steve Goodman, one of the most respected songwriters of the 1970s and early 1980s. Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 20, this portrait tells how Goodman strove to be a model husband and father while juggling experimental medical treatments with a career he found irresistible. Often strained for commercial success, Goodman found solace in performances for audiences from the tens to the tens of thousands. Drawing from more than 850 interviews—including those with family members, Jimmy Buffett, Steve Martin, Willie Nelson, Studs Terkel, Roger Ebert, and Carl Reiner—this book verifies the universality of his work, replete with Goodman’s themes on the fleeting nature of human existence. A 17-song tribute CD is included.
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