Boys in the Trees: A Memoir (Unabridged)
by Carly Simon
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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 cofounder 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 number-one 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.
I bet this is a great memoir; however I don't know if I can get through it due to the music (and sometimes singing) that goes on in the background as the narrator reads. SO VERY distracting. I don't see how anybody thought this would be a good idea!
I loved this book. I loved listening to Carly read it. When she spoke of her stammer and stutter, I wondered how she could get through reading the book. That took strength and determination. When the music first started, I was surprised. But I loved that addition and felt privileged that she added that for her readers. I have listened to other books by musical artists and when they spoke of songs or chords or recordings, I wished they would have played a bit of what they were talking about. Thank you sharing your life, loves and family, Carly.
A great listen. Never dull
First of all, the musical accompaniment along with Carly Simon herself reading her memoir is fantastic - it adds an extra depth / character and emotion to the content. And the content is highly engaging, hearing her struggles as a youth on through adulthood in spite of her fame, beauty and talent. The story is more than a book about a famous person but more about the music, moods (and marriages!) that are our life journey, esp. during the early 70s and beyond. Wasn't disappointed. A great listen!!