Thorndike Press

Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon

  • Peter Ames Carlin
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  • ISBN-10: 1410494489
  • ISBN-13: 9781410494481
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.65 lbs ( .75 kgs)
  • 750 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released November 2016
  • Simultaneous Publications

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To have been alive during the last six decades is to have lived with the music of Paul Simon. As half of Simon & Garfunkel, his songs helped define the ’60s. Twenty years later, Simon’s album “Graceland” spurred an international political controversy. A life story with the scope of an epic novel, Carlin’s Homeward Bound is the first major biography of one of the most influential popular artists in American history.


Customer Reviews

“Throughout this highly readable biography Carlin depicts an artist who is tough, smart, uncompromising, audacious, and incredibly talented.”

— Booklist

“[A] nuanced, fascinating portrait . . . Carlin expertly tracks Simon's professional career, from the earliest days with Garfunkel when they were finding their footing as performers, through the climax of their career as a band with their 1970 album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ to Simon's solo artistic peak with the 1986 release of ‘Graceland.’ Simon's music career defies easy categorization much as his relationship with Garfunkel does but in Carlin's portrayal, his legacy as an innovative songwriter and musician is undeniable. An absorbing and layered study of ‘one of the most influential voices in Western popular culture.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Touching . . . pure pleasure.”

— People (book of the week)

“Definitive . . . Simon’s personal life, drug problems and marriages are intimately detailed, and figures from Bob Dylan to Woody Allen make cameos . . . Carlin has gone deeper than anyone yet.”

— Rolling Stone