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Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music, His Passion [Hardcover]

Laura Jackson
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Sept. 28 2005
Neil Diamond, writer and singer of some of the most memorable songs in history, is the focus of this biography that looks beyond his glittering legend. Readers learn of his intriguing blend of contradictions—a charismatic and engaging live performer, he was deeply introspective offstage and prone to bouts of crippling self-doubt. From his childhood struggle to get out of Brooklyn through five decades of global stardom, this book marries his personal history with his public persona.

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Laura Jackson is a bestselling rock and film writer and the author of several biographies, including Bono and Jon Bon Jovi.

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4.0 out of 5 stars book His Life etc DVDS CDS July 27 2009
I have purchased Neil Diamond's Book His Life, His Music, His Passion
I recommend this book,very interresting . I also purchased Many DVDS of Neil and they are all very very good .And his CDS
Reina Letourneau
Gatineau QC Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising book Feb. 11 2007
By D. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a Neil Diamond fan for as long as I remember, I had to purchase this book and was not disappointed. Ms Jackson covers a surprising amount of information and really gives you tremendous insight into Neil's heart, mind, and character. She exposes you to what his life entailed and everything that influenced what he is today. It made me fall in love with him even more...if that was possible!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars To much of the authors opinion of what Neil thinks June 16 2008
By Michael P. Grande - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't Judge this book by its Cool Cover. I LOVE NEIL but this is a puff piece, way to much of the authors opinion of what Neil thinks. Her opinions of the bands and the era's is a joke. It's like written by the church lady. I hope I can find another book with a more Neilistic view.

I did learn some things but overall I was kinda disappointed and Wanting a whole lot more.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Diamond, His Life, His Music, His Passion Oct. 21 2007
By dragon slayer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a biography. This is how the author thinks he feels about his life, his music, his passion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and informative. Feb. 24 2006
By Donna H - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a Neil Diamond fan from way back. I have seen him in concert many times and will still continue to see him. He is an extremely talented man who has so much to offer but suffers from some road blocks at times trying to get out what he wants to. When he finds his groove it leaves me breathless. I enjoyed the book. My favorite Neil song is I am I said.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not worth your time Dec 1 2011
By E. A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
This book is very much a cut-and-paste job with information gleaned from previous biographies and interviews and no new material save for the author's own opinions, which are occasionally very misinformed. It's one thing to have your own opinion, but very early on Jackson makes some really basic errors about the 1970s music scene and forms opinions based on those errors. Some of her descriptions of people in Diamond's life are obviously based on photographs and nothing else, and these descriptions are used to flesh out the word count. Overuse of glowing descriptors like "intriguing" or "enthusiastic" pad out the content, as do cliches like "knuckle down" or "talking out of school."

Also, Jackson full-on lies about certain events in Neil Diamond's life to cover problematic areas. These events are things that Neil himself has talked about, rarely of course, but they are easy to find either scanned online or in cheap back issues from the 70s (People, Rolling Stone, Stars and Stripes, Newsweek, etc.) The last real biographies on Neil were done in 1987, and the material in Jackson's book from 1987 on is notably sketchier and less comprehensive than what's written about 1987 and before, which tells you exactly where Jackson got all her info.

Further, given that this author has somehow managed to write 15 in-depth biographies over the past 17 years -- releasing some of them with multiple titles as though they were new books -- makes me wonder just what is going on here.

If you want to learn about Neil Diamond, don't start here. What you need to do is first realize that he has not been officially involved (nor unofficially, as far as I know, except perhaps with David Wild's semi-bio) with any book. You should also know that the information he has given in interviews is often contradictory. Accept this, learn to live with it, then go read He Is...I Say by David Wild if you want a nice overview of Neil's life. The liner notes for the In My Lifetime music set are also very informative. If you want more detail, try Solitary Star by Rich Wiseman and Diamond: A Biography by Grossman et al. Solitary Star is seen as more negative by the fans, and while the author does seem to be very irritated with Diamond throughout the book, he includes interviews from people who really like Neil so it's not all negative. Diamond: A Biography is more positive, sometimes so much so that they fudge the facts or completely avoid problematic areas. (For example, Solitary Star goes into a lot of detail about the lawsuit and Lee Holdridge credit fiasco for Jonathan Livingston Seagull, while Diamond: A Biography skims over it.) Both Solitary Star and Diamond have errors, but Solitary Star's errors are entirely on the part of the people who were interviewed. Diamond: A Biography has errors that seem deliberate. Also, note both were written in 1987 so they have no real new material. If you're looking for dirt, you're probably out of luck. None of the books out there go much into groupies or drugs or affairs, and most avoid discussing Neil's kids, which I personally think is only fair since Diamond himself did not contribute to any books. But you might as well buy Solitary Star and Diamond: A Biography and get the relatively original information rather than read it in Jackson's bland book.
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