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Marfa

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Are there any good biographies out there? I have looked on Amazon and didn't
see anything there. I only have one written around 1986.
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annamaria

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Please, someone can tell me how you call this folk singer who has hosted Paul and Artie in London in the 1960s? They appear to be two sweet chicks! Damn,  I envy that woman!


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Originally Posted by Marfa
Are there any good biographies out there? I have looked on Amazon and didn't
see anything there. I only have one written around 1986.
Thanks



The one I have enjoyed reading is "Old Friends : A Dual Biography" by Joseph Morella and Patricia Barey.
I think it was published in 1992.
It is possibly out of print, I had to buy a second-hand copy too.

I also really like Patrick Humphries' "Bookends : The Simon & Garfunkel Story", but mainly because of all the nice pictures.  
jean

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Annamaria - apart from the famous Kathy Chitty of Kathy's Song, Judith Piepe (now deceased, I believe) let them stay at her house, and an author called Rhys Bowen, now living and writing in America, sang at the same folk club.
Rhys says in an interview...
https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=1001156153899984046&postID=5526948391101674044
"And now it's confession time. Which of my outrageous statements was a lie? I didn't cross Europe alone when I was 12. I was actually 14.
All the others are true.
I used to be a folk singer and i used to perform with Al Stewart who was sharing a house with Paul and Artie, who also used to come and sing at our folk club. I was in a late night cafe when they came to say goodbye because they had to go home--they had a record called Sounds of Silence that seemed to be doing well. The rest, as they say, is history."
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Joseph Morella asked me to review the draft of the book before it was published.  He asked me to correct any factual errors, which I tried to do.  I found dozens;  of course, none of the corrections were made.  And - to add insult to injury - he misspelled my name in the acknowledgment section.  

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The one I have enjoyed reading is "Old Friends : A Dual Biography" by Joseph Morella and Patricia Barey.
I think it was published in 1992.
It is possibly out of print, I had to buy a second-hand copy too.

I also really like Patrick Humphries' "Bookends : The Simon & Garfunkel Story", but mainly because of all the nice pictures.  

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Joan

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Poor Mr. Dropps - insulting indeed!
I don't think there are any bios around without errors - we're all eagerly waiting for the boys' autobiographies.


The books I got so far - the majority still available on Amazon and eBay:

Simon & Garfunkel - A Biography in Words & Pictures - by Mitchell S. Cohen - 1977
Bookends - The Simon and Garfunkel Story - by Patrick Humphries - 1982
Simon and Garfunkel - A Musical Biography by John Svenson - 1984
Simon and Garfunkel - by Robert Matthew-Walker - 1984
Simon and Garfunkel - Old Friends - A Dual Biography by Joseph Morella and Patricia Barey - 1991 
Simon and Garfunkel - The Definitive Biography - by Victoria Kingston - 1996
Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends - by Pete Fornatale - 2007

The Boy in the Bubble - a biography of Paul Simon - by Patrick Humphries - 1988



My favorite? I'd say the Kingston.

Are there any more S&G bios out there?


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Joseph Morella asked me to review the draft of the book before it was published.  He asked me to correct any factual errors, which I tried to do.  I found dozens;  of course, none of the corrections were made.  And - to add insult to injury - he misspelled my name in the acknowledgment section.  

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The one I have enjoyed reading is "Old Friends : A Dual Biography" by Joseph Morella and Patricia Barey.
I think it was published in 1992.
It is possibly out of print, I had to buy a second-hand copy too.

I also really like Patrick Humphries' "Bookends : The Simon & Garfunkel Story", but mainly because of all the nice pictures.  


Sorry to hear that, royd. I of course as just a reader have no idea about this, I guess with these kinds of things I'm just naive and read whatever is presented to me.

The boys' autobiographies would be great!
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Royd-do you have the corrections saved and could put out here?  This way, those of us with the book, can print out the corrections and attach it to the book for our edification.

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Great idea Barb! But maybe a lot of work for you Roy?


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Originally Posted by Joan
Poor Mr. Dropps - insulting indeed!
I don't think there are any bios around without errors - we're all eagerly waiting for the boys' autobiographies.


The books I got so far - the majority still available on Amazon and eBay:

Simon & Garfunkel - A Biography in Words & Pictures - by Mitchell S. Cohen - 1977
Bookends - The Simon and Garfunkel Story - by Patrick Humphries - 1982
Simon and Garfunkel - A Musical Biography by John Svenson - 1984
Simon and Garfunkel - by Robert Matthew-Walker - 1984
Simon and Garfunkel - Old Friends - A Dual Biography by Joseph Morella and Patricia Barey - 1991 
Simon and Garfunkel - The Definitive Biography - by Victoria Kingston - 1996
Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends - by Pete Fornatale - 2007

The Boy in the Bubble - a biography of Paul Simon - by Patrick Humphries - 1988



My favorite? I'd say the Kingston.

Are there any more S&G bios out there?

As well as the list above, I have Spencer Leigh's "Paul Simon, Now & Then" from 1973. I think this was the first ever biography - out of print a long time ago and covering Paul's songs up till then. It contained a few mistakes which were rectified by the author in a supplement a year or two later. 

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Marfa

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Finally! Joan you are missing the quote sign and a number so all I know is that I
have the dual biography and the tiny book ends one. Didn't Kingston write one on
Paul, I saw one biography on him and everyone said not to buy it. How about one
with a lot of old photos in it? I have so few photos, I could look for something
like that. It is odd that no one can come up with something factual. Thanks for
all of your help.


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a 1993 newspaper clipping excerpt-

She was the Star Wars princess with the surreal Wagnerian 'do and the tart tongue that had more firepower than a starship. He was the perfectionist popster who had gone solo after harmonizing with Art Garfunkel in the '60s. Together, Hollywood brat Carrie Fisher, then 26, and New York music man Paul Simon, 41, made show-biz sparks.

On Aug. 16, 1983, they were wed in Simon's swank duplex overlooking Central Park. The Jewish ceremony was traditional, but the guest list was not. Present were the bride's parents, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, whose breakup in 1958 was precipitated by one Liz Taylor; Harper, Simon's 10-year-old son from his first marriage, to Peggy Harper; Garfunkel and Penny Marshall; Saturday Night Live guru Lorne Michaels; George Lucas; and Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley.

For five years, the couple had been waging turbulent star wars of their own. Just weeks before deciding to marry, they had split, Fisher cracking, ''Let's just say that we left each other to fall in love with Liz — there, we've come full circle.'' Somehow the two patched things up, and in October 1983, they sailed down the Nile on a belated honeymoon (along with Garfunkel and Marshall). But their wedded journey didn't last; they separated after 11 months of ups and downs and divorced in the summer of 1985.

After going through rehab that year for addiction to Percodan, Fisher wrote two novels, Postcards From the Edge (made into the 1990 film with Meryl Streep) and Surrender the Pink, which featured an aloof Simon-like character. Fisher, who is working on a new book, has also had memorable parts in Hannah and Her Sisters and When Harry Met Sally.... She has a 1-year-old daughter, Billie Catherine, with CAA agent Bryan Lourd.

Meanwhile, Simon breathed new life into his solo career with his 1986 Graceland album, and again with 1990's Rhythm of the Saints. Remarried in 1992 to folkie Edie Brickell, he has a 7-month-old son, Adrian Edward. In October, Simon will perform solo and with Garfunkel in New York City.

''The bad thing about my relationship with Paul,'' Fisher said afterward, ''was that we were similar animals. Where there should be a flower and a gardener, we were two flowers. In the bright sun. Wilting.'' And then there were just the sounds of silence.

Marcia

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I'm sorry but the weirdest thing of all is that they took Art Garfunkel and Penny Marshall on their honeymoon with them ?    No wonder Carrie Fisher said Paul and Artie were "too close".

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I'm sorry but the weirdest thing of all is that they took Art Garfunkel and Penny Marshall on their honeymoon with them ?    No wonder Carrie Fisher said Paul and Artie were "too close".


When Paul & Carrie married, Simon & Garfunkel were actually on tour together, so that may explain some of the closeness that she perceived.

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Also . Penny and Carrie were best friends.  another explanation,  and yes they were in the middle of a tour...

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When did Carrie Fisher ever say that Paul and Artie were "too close"? Just wondering, I hadn't heard that before.

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http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=0bocnNSV5OIC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=Chapter%207&f=false shows chapter seven of 'Fire and Rain' which tells of Art's journey to Tangier, London, and Oban, while Paul taught.

After clicking on the link above, click on 'page 153' halfway down the page.


EDIT: I've just worked out that I must have been holidaying just south of Oban in 1970. Must have passed Kilninver several times. On the journey home, we drove through Glasgow at the same time Paul Newman was lost in the city and asking for directions to Oban.
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