What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel

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Read What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man 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.



Title : What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man
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ISBN : 0385352476
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Reviews


Steve rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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...


Roisin rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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...


Mediaman rated it ★☆☆☆☆

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...


Jeff rated it ★★★☆☆

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...


Ari rated it ★★★☆☆

October 14, 2017

The typeface in the print book—all the way through—is a digitized version of the author's handwriting, which seems like a neat idea but was actually distracting almost the whole time. That, plus the lack of narrative structure, made this one kind of a beast to get through on a cover-to-cover read...


Nell rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 03, 2017

What Is It All But Undercooked


skip thurnauer rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 21, 2017

I have read numerous bios and memoirs written by and about rock stars and musicians. This is one of them. Many R&R bios are all drug, booze, sex, and R&R. This wasn't one of those. At times it was interesting and insightful, but overall, I found the book disjointed and difficult to follow...


Hirtho rated it ★★★★☆

October 14, 2017

I appreciated AG's lists of books he'd read before (2005?) I did his solo albums (2011?) or goodreads (2012?) Most of the creative flights are a little cringe-y to me, including the "Men" thing on p 156 but that also has some insightful/resonate stuff too so I can understand the rest. All the ment...


Debby rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 08, 2017

I really like Art Garfunkel. I enjoy innovative forms. I love journal and free-flow as a form for memoir. I’m an easy mark as a reader—my default approach is open minded and nonjudgmental. But..this is just too self-indulgent to continue. I listened to a quarter of it, and may try again sometime,...


Patrick rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 06, 2017

Art Garfunkel is a huge narcissist but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. He sprinkles laudatory adjectives throughout the book about his angelic voice. He includes some nonsensical poems and even his pretentious reading lists throughout his life. The book would have been more enjoyable to me if h...





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