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Al Stewart: True Life Adventures of a Folk Troubadour Hardcover – 10 Nov 2001
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The anecdotes are great... and the whole thing is a thoroughly absorbing read. Decidedly definitive. -- Record Collector, April 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is the authorized biography of the British cult folk hero behind the chart hit "Year of the Cat" who enjoyed Top Ten success in the USA and who was a pivotal player in the Sixties folk scene that became a springboard for Simon & Garfunkel, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, John Martyn and many more. Packed with anecdotes, insider information on the folk scene and on the early years of Paul Simon - with whom Stewart shared a flat - this is a wry account of the trials and tribulations of a major folk star right from the early sixties to 2002.
Top Customer Reviews
There are no margins in this book. So a 325+ page book was easily 425+ pages with a normal book. As an avid Stewart fan, I didn't care for a repeat of lyrics of current Al Stewart material.Read more ›
I agree that the actual writing is amateurish, with plenty of mistakes, as if put together as the information was collected without any thorough read-through or an idea of the structure. This makes it very hard to read through from start to finish.
*However*, it is a good book to dip into. Many of the pictures, particularly early promo shots of a handsome and poetic-looking Al, are wonderful, and even the worst of the previously unpublished lyrics and poems are interesting. I've found that when I listen to Al's records now, I want the book with me as a kind of additional set of sleevenotes, shedding more light on the songs and their genesis. Read in small extracts, the writing does its job.
This book has little continuity and should have been edited. The anecdotes break up the timeline. Even Judd can't keep what he wrote straight because he often repeats several anecdotes throughout the book.
Chapters dealing with Stewart's earlier, pre-"Past, Present & Future" days are tediously long. Sadly, Stewart's more recent career has been paid comparatively scant attention. If one is familiar with most of his work, this is unfortunate since his last two albums "Between the Wars" & "Down in the Cellar" are excellent. One would like to know more about his work with Laurence Juber.
All negativity aside, Stewart fans may want to plow through this book because it may be the only biography about him. That Judd chose to write about Al Stewart is laudable. I'd rather read a single, mediocre book about him than ten good books about Brittany Spears. For that reason alone, I'll give this book two stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been an enormous fan of Al Stewart for over thirty years and play his albums (up to 24 Carrots) on a regular basis. Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2015 by Steve Sinclair
this was a real jounalistic trawl through the minutiae of Al's life. i was hoping for the poetry, the insight, the sublime reflection of his music. Sorry.Published on 14 Feb. 2013 by J Boyd
What a read... it answers a lot of questions I had...and really sets the scene for all the music I've liked for 30+ years. Plenty of name-dropping too. Highly recommended.Published on 28 Aug. 2011 by AJB
Very enjoyable and readable account of this brilliant and very individual musician who has carved out a unique career in the music industry. Read morePublished on 23 April 2011 by GrahamS
Yes, I have just finished reading Nevil Judd's book, which I found to be a rattling good read.
Unexplained, true, why AS suddenly debunked from US touring, returning to... Read more
This book is not as bad as some of the reviews suggest, and personally I had no trouble reading it straight through. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2007 by Peter Lynn
I was so excited when I learned that an Al Stewart biography was being published, however this was soon knocked out of me after grinding through several chapters of boring early... Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2003 by Mr. R. Bungay
If you are an Al Stewart fan, your library is not complete without this biography. Al Stewart is a tremendously talented musician, and those that have met him, including myself,... Read morePublished on 24 July 2002 by Patrick J. Neals