"Unquestionably, the definitive historical recalling of the Carpenters ... Like the Carpenters' music, Schmidt's book about them delivers brilliantly, combining the talents of a gifted editor, the dedication of a devoted fan, and the admirable work of the writers he chose." -- New England Entertainment Digest "This narrative down memory lane proves to be a pleasant trip ... Yesterday Once More is a pastiche of mostly affectionate and warm portrayals of two talented people who, in spite of their human frailties, gave the world a lasting legacy of music." -- Amplifier "There was always something of the night about the Carpenters ... This compendium of interviews, concert reviews, and critical essays spans the duo's career and beyond." -- Mojo "Fascinating ... It's not just the 'behind the music' insights that make this book important... Yesterday Once More will make you want to dust off those old LPs and rediscover the Carpenters' pop magic." -- DISCoveries "What looks on the surface like an uncritical celebration of an American pop institution turns out to be a fascinating exercise in musical archaeology ... Endlessly intriguing." -- Record Collector "It's a good resource for Carpenters fans, allowing you to watch the duo's story unfold and see how the duo's legacy has been re-evaluated since Karen's tragic death." -- Goldmine
About the Author
Randy L. Schmidt teaches music in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He served as creative consultant for several television documentaries on the Carpenters, including the "E! True Hollywood Story," A&E's "Biography," and VH1's "Behind the Music." He is the author of "Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter." He lives in Denton, Texas.