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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; Reprint edition (29 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780190263546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0190263546
  • ASIN: 0190263547
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.8 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shipton... balances Nilsson's tragic story with exacting analysis of his talents and similarly detailed accounts of bacchanalian exploits with ex-Beatles and other bons vivants." (Rolling Stone)

An amazing tale. (Boston Globe)

Nilsson fans will appreciate this long awaited biography of an often neglected and underrated musician. (lBooklist)

An in-depth and informative book." -Below the Fold

Readers of this engrossing new biography will come away with a tremendous knowledge of and respect for the man and his music. And a great sense of loss, as this delightful fellow departed far too soon. (Pop-Culture Classics)

The definitive work on the man who put the lime in the coconut." -Houston Press

Nilsson: The life of a singer-songwriter, is a fitting epitaph that keeps an unmatched legacy alive. Nilsson's eclectic, eccentric, funny-as-hell, wistful, whimsical, childlike brilliance will be listened to by people 100 years from now. And Shipton's biography does its best to explain it all." -Goldmine Magazine

Shipton, well noted as a researcher in jazz, has produced a very well-researched biography. Certainly more historical than analytical, the book is a fine read and an important addition to the literature because as emerging songwriters begin to explore songs written during a key period of songwriting, they will have no choice but to gravitate toward Nilsson." -T.R. Harrison, Jacksonville University, CHOICE

About the Author

Alyn Shipton is the author of many books on music including A New History of Jazz, Groovin' High: the Life of Dizzy Gillespie, and Hi-De-Ho: The Life of Cab Calloway. His biography of Harry Nilsson won both an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and an ASRC Award for the best pop biography of 2013. He is the presenter of Jazz Record Requests on BBC Radio 3, and has also written on jazz for several newspapers including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the Times. He is an accomplished double bassist and currently co-leads the Buck Clayton Legacy Band.

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