Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie Working Girl. The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor. Includes original music composed especially for the program by Carly Simon and Teese Gohl, plus a previously unreleased bonus song from Carly Simon.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Macmillan Audio, 2015.
ISBN: 9781427272003
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Simon, Carly
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TheresaAJ
Mar 21, 2016

This memoir covers the years 1945 to 1982 -- from Carly Simon's birth to the end of her marriage with James Taylor. She describes herself as a survivor who wasn't loved by her father, stuttered, and was perceived as a "rich girl" whose family didn't have the money anymore. She also suffers from depression which wasn't diagnosed until her adult years. Although I found parts of the book interesting, especially the stories behind her songs and songwriting process, much of the book felt like a self-indulgent memory tour through a dysfunctional family, a smorgasbord of drugs, and every therapy fad of the 1960s and 1970s. On the other hand, this was the most impressive audiobook I've ever listened to by the author. She has good pacing and interspersed her life with relevant music that illustrated the people and stages of her life.

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