Part memoir, part poetry, all inviting. Art Garfunkel's "What Is It All But Luminous (Notes From An Underground Man)" is not your typical autobiography. It is scattered thoughts, but not scatter-brained. Everything has its place and it all conveys the story and journey of Garfunkel.
While many consider him a sixties icon, Art found his solo stride in the seventies with his first solo record, Angel Clare. The album featured tunes penned by the stable of songwriting legends Randy Newman, Paul Williams, Jimmy Webb, and Charlie Monroe. This book charmingly covers it all.
Still active in the Daft Punk/Pharrell scene, Nile Rodgers has seen some things. He jammed with Jimi Hendrix, contributed to the biggest pop hits from the seventies until today, and produces radio gold.
"Le Freak" explores many of the timeless relationships and collaborations he cultivated and enjoyed, while shaping the musical landscape of today and the future. Plenty of good reading, name dropping (David Bowie to Madonna), and rock star dreams. Put simply: Nile Rodgers is the man.
Graham Nash started sharing his songs with the world in the sixties, but along with contemporaries like George Harrison and Art Garfunkel, he stepped out into the solo spotlight in the 1970s.
Song for Beginners (1971) was his first solo release. It featured standouts "Military Madness" and "Simple Man" among other solid tunes. Nash followed with Wild Tales (1973), which has the super catchy "On The Line" and shares the title of his memoir.
It is a great read for any Crosby Stills Nash fan, and it teleports readers back to the sixties and seventies. He is honest about his relationships with David Crosby and Neil Young, and shares with readers the unique gift of music he creates with his band-mates and friends.
Patti Smith made a promise to her partner and friend, Robert Mapplethorpe. "Just Kids" is her honoring that promise, with a glimpse into their world and relationship.
"Because The Night" propelled Patti Smith to the masses, but her star was on its way up well before them. "Just Kids' takes us through the sixties and seventies, revealing artistic motivation and encounters with fellow legends along the way.
John Denver was a flawed man with a lot of baggage. That being said, he was a saint in many ways and wrote songs that filled the world with good vibes and grace.
He dealt with stinging criticism for being over-the-top and corny, but his songs are remarkable. His talent for crafting worldly concerns into anthems is unparalleled or matched to this day.