This groundbreaking biography of a brilliant but disturbed performer explores the paradox of the man and the artist. Based on more than 100 interviews, this intelligent profile explores Morrison's roots; the hard times he went through in London, New York, and Boston; the making of his seminal albums Moondance and Astral Weeks; and the disastrous business arrangements that left Morrison hungry and penniless while his songs were topping the charts. Detailed are the breakdown of Morrison's marriage, the creative drought that followed, and his triumphant reemergence. In addition, this biography attempts to explain the forbidding aspects of Morrison's persona, such as paranoia, hard drinking, misanthropy, as well as why, in the words of his one-time singing partner Linda Gail Lewis, Morrison's music "brings happiness to other people, not him." Also included is a Van Morrision sessionography that spans 1964 to 2001.
"For long-suffering admirers, "Silence both deepens his enigma and gives various aspects of the tortured-genius myth a kick in the "Astral Weeks." --"The Village Voice
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.5 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.76