What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man Read Online Free - From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel--a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time.
Art Garfunkel writes about his life before, during, and after Simon & Garfunkel . . . about their folk-rock music in the roiling age that embraced and was defined by their pathbreaking sound. He writes about growing up in the 1940s and '50s (son of a traveling salesman), a middle class Jewish boy, living in a red brick semi-attached house in Kew Gardens, Queens, a kid who was different--from the age of five feeling his vocal cords "vibrating with the love of sound" . . . meeting Paul Simon in school, the funny guy who made Art laugh; their going on to junior high school together, of being twelve at the birth of rock'n'roll, both of them "captured" by it; going to a recording studio in Manhattan to make a demo of their song, "Hey Schoolgirl" (for $7!) and the actual record (with Paul's father on bass) going to #40 on the national charts, selling 150,000 copies . . .
He writes about their becoming Simon & Garfunkel, taking the world by storm, ruling the pop charts from the time he was sixteen, about not being a natural performer, but more a thinker . . . touring; sex-for-thrills on the road, reading or walking to calm down (walking across two continents--the USA and Europe). He writes of being an actor working with directors Nicolas Roeg (Bad Timing) and Mike Nichols ("the greatest of them all") . . . getting his masters in mathematics at Columbia; choosing music over a PhD; his slow unfolding split with Paul and its aftermath; learning to perform on his own, giving a thousand concerts worldwide, his voice going south (a stiffening of one vocal cord) and working to get it back . . . about being a husband, a father and much more.
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October 05, 2017
Without a doubt this book ascends to the pantheon of the all time worst book of all human history. It clearly enters into the rare air of ‘so bad it’s great’ territory. Let me quote : ‘The Muse bit the ass of my beautiful wife, and I had an ear for the insight. A spiral of trust climbing in color...
October 08, 2017
Ok.. I was going to give this book 2 Stars for the nice photos of Paul Simon but I'm sorry, nothing could save this collection of mad man ramblings.. not even Paul Simon could save you this time, Artie.
He states in the book that he should maybe sometime write a "show off book", wow e wow, this is...
November 22, 2017
I thought it was wonderful...the format took a while to get used to...but it's called NOTES FROM AN UNDERGROUND MAN.....notes......thoughts.....etc.....so....the format fits the title..... We also enjoyed meeting him in person,and hearing him speak.
I enjoyed the book. It's not really a memoir or...
October 08, 2017
This is a really bad book, a complete misstep and misunderstanding about what his fans would want to read. Some editor and publisher thought Garfunkel's audience would enjoy reading his rambling "notes" from the last couple decades, none more than a couple paragraphs long, and most incomprehensib...
November 07, 2017
Very disappointed. Stream of conciousness writing/poetry. Hints of life changing events with no follow through. I skimmed the entire book hoping to find substance. The writings are obviously important to Art but they are lost on the reader.
October 03, 2017
What Is It All But Undercooked
October 31, 2017
not your typical artist memoir but still enjoyed it. (I like the traditional rags to riches/hard work pays off type of success stories. )
November 14, 2017
Simon and Garfunkel will always be my favorite duo, listening to them soothes my worries. I wish I had the pleasure of hearing them growing up, but I discovered them later in life, but regardless I still remember hearing 'Sounds of Silence' it always brings back so much nostalgia. In fact all of...
October 08, 2017
I'm perhaps the rare music listener who HAS bought every solo record Art Garfunkel has ever made while, on the other hand, I have NOT done so with his more famous on-and-off-again collaborator, Paul Simon. Thus, I approached this book (as I did his earlier collection of poetry, "Still Water: Pros...
February 07, 2018
Art tells you early in the book that this is not the story you want to read, and he's right. Between the jumping around and the incoherence of the stream-of-consciousness-style 8th grade poetry musings, Art quickly reveals that he has nothing meaningful to say, which is a shame because I'm sure h...