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Nilsson : the life of a singer-songwriter

Author: Alyn Shipton
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"He won Grammy awards, wrote and recorded hit songs, and yet no figure in popular music is as much of a paradox, or as underrated, as Harry Nilsson. In this first ever full-length biography, Alyn Shipton traces Nilsson's life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence and his gradual emergence as a uniquely talented singer-songwriter. With interviews from friends, family, and associates, and material  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Harry Nilsson; Harry Nilsson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alyn Shipton
ISBN: 9780199756575 0199756570
OCLC Number: 819136175
Description: xv, 345 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1941 --
Good old desk --
Mr. Richland's favorite song --
Open your window --
Gotta get up --
It had to be you --
Don't forget me --
Turn out the light --
Perfect day --
It's so easy --
Lay down your arms --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Alyn Shipton.

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In this first ever full-length biography of Harry Nilsson, author Alyn Shipton traces the musician's life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence, and charts his gradual move into  Read more...

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He was once described by his producer Richard Perry as the finest white male singer on the planet. Drawing on exclusive access to Nilsson's papers, Alyn Shipton's biography offers readers an intimate Read more...

 
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