Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon

Version: Unabridged
Author: Peter Ames Carlin
Narrator: Adam Grupper
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: October 2016
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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A revelatory account of the life of beloved American music icon, Paul Simon, by the bestselling rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin
To have been alive during the last sixty years is to have lived with the music of Paul Simon. The boy from Queens scored his first hit record in 1957, just months after Elvis Presley ignited the rock era. As the songwriting half of Simon & Garfunkel, his work helped define the youth movement of the '60s. On his own in the '70s, Simon made radio-dominating hits. He kicked off the '80s by reuniting with Garfunkel to perform for half a million New Yorkers in Central Park. Five years later, Simon's album "Graceland" sold millions and spurred an international political controversy. And it doesn't stop there.
The grandchild of Jewish immigrants from Hungary, the nearly 75-year-old singer-songwriter has not only sold more than 100 million records, won 15 Grammy awards and been installed into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame twice, but has also animated the meaning-and flexibility-of personal and cultural identity in a rapidly shrinking world.
Simon has also lived one of the most vibrant lives of modern times; a story replete with tales of Carrie Fisher, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen, Shelley Duvall, Nelson Mandela, drugs, depression, marriage, divorce, and more. A life story with the scope and power of an epic novel, Carlin's Homeward Bound is the first major biography of one of the most influential popular artists in American history.

Reviews (1)

Homeward Bound

Written by Margaret Stanziale on January 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I\'m a huge Paul Simon/Simon and Garfunkel fan. I was anxious to read this book. It did not disappoint. I love the details that give background for various songs. Paul was portrayed, warts and all, and I feel a clearer understanding of the various stages of his life. Reading about the various songs and albums made me dash back and listen to my own copies of the tunes over and over. A great recap of a wonderful talent.

Author Details

Author Details

Carlin, Peter Ames

Peter Ames Carlin is a writer and the author of several books, including "Bruce", a biography of Bruce Springsteen published in October, 2012. Carlin has also been a free-lance journalist, a senior writer at "People" in New York City, and a television columnist and feature writer at "The Oregonian" in Portland. A regular speaker on music, art and popular culture, Carlin lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and three children.